Hello! I am a very old time member, haven't logged in for a couple of years but I thought this would be a good place to come to ask about au pairs.
We are relocating to the city this weekend (finally!) and both hubby and I will be working full time. I always have but I've managed a swimming pool for the last four years so my 5 children have been able to be at work with me. My new job is full time in a gym so this won't be possible. We are not interested in daycare or after school care so are looking into getting an au pair. We do know several families out here in the country who have them and they are always lovely and the kids love them.
My kids are 5,7,9,11 and 15 and are very involved in soccer and dance so we need someone to be able to take them and pick them up after school. An au pair seems the best and most cost effective way to go and the children are interested in getting to know people from overseas.
I have done our application and have a phone interview on Friday. Any experiences to share? It's somewhat daunting as we have never even hired a babysitter before, ever and this person will be living with us. Im worried my 9 year old daughter will get attached as she just loves older girls and I think they can only work 6 months at a time so I can see her being sad everytime one has to leave. But we can deal with that.
Is it safe? Confortable having someone live with you? How much has it cost you? They say between $170 and $200 but we have five kids though our teenager does not need supervision and our 11 year old is very self sufficient too as is our 9 year old daughter (more mature than her two older brothers hehe.)
Any info would be great!