Problems will crop up.
There may be times when your au pair’s way of doing things frustrates you and tries your patience. She may not want to eat the food that you serve, she might have her stash in your already overloaded fridge.
Did she perhaps chip one of your favourite dishes, or load dark clothes with the whites in the washing machine, or use the last slice of bread without telling you until it was time to make the lunches?
Handle the immediate fall out from the problem first and then set a time a place with your au pair to discuss the situation in depth. Try not to lose your cool or raise your voice!!!!!
It is very important to find the time to have a regular chat with your au pair (we suggest weekly) about how things are going. This should be done at a time when interruptions are minimal. Ask her about the previous week and anything she would like advice on or help with. Solve problems together, and talk about the upcoming week. If everything is going well, remember to say “thank you” and “well done” which will be greatly appreciated by your au pair.
Here are some suggestions for you and your family:
If you would like suggestions for handling specific situations, please contact us. There are a number of things that can be tried -and usually work – before we look at option options.