Perfect (au) Pair

Welcoming an au pair, or international live-in child-care provider, can be a great option for South Bay parents. In addition to addressing your kids’ individual needs, they can also share a different country’s culture—including foods, arts, music and language. Palos Verdes’ Tracy Cota, a local development director with Cultural Care Au Pair, offers her tips […]

Welcoming an au pair, or international live-in child-care provider, can be a great option for South Bay parents. In addition to addressing your kids’ individual needs, they can also share a different country’s culture—including foods, arts, music and language. Palos Verdes’ Tracy Cota, a local development director with Cultural Care Au Pair, offers her tips on finding the perfect fit.

 

1. Make sure the au pair you are matching with has experience with children who are about the same age as your child. Children have different needs at each age, so ensuring your au pair has experience managing the quirks and expectations of the age group of your children is important.

2. Look at the interests your au pair has and compare those to the interests of your family. For example, if you have big dogs, does she like animals? If your family is active and spends a lot of time outdoors, is that something she also enjoys? These things will help you determine whether your lifestyles are similar and may play a role in your compatibility since you will be living together.

3. Make sure you interview her more than once or twice. Send an email, too, so you have conducted a thorough interview and confirm the duties the au pair will have in your family.

4. Be sure to lay out what you expect of an au pair and how you parent your children. It’s always great to provide some examples of things your children do and ask how she would handle that situation.

For more advice, visit culturalcareaupair.com.
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