We have spare room I like the idea of getting help with kids in exchange for room and board but wonder what it'd really be like?
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10-02-2015 17:47 #1Senior Member
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Anyone tried granny au pair / Demi pair?
27-03-2015 00:34 #2
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27-03-2015 16:24 #4
We had an Au Pair, but it didn't work out for us. DS1 struggled with the fact that they were paid to play with him and got upset when they went into their bedroom when they were off duty.
We also found it hard as one of us were generally at home, so the lines of responsibility were blurred.
I think they work better with school age children where they can have clearly defined roles (i.e. pick up from school - help with homework and prepare snack).
If you do go down that route I advise pulling a manual together so that everyone knows what is expected. Are things like access to a car included? If so only for jobs with the children, or as a reward? Who pays for fuel. Is there a curfew if they are working the next morning. Are you happy for them to drink alcohol in the house? Also we used a week where they would shadow us so they knew what was expected. We tried to provide rosters in advance and set aside 20 minutes a week to discuss any vacation plans, problems etc. Other things you need to consider is if they want to join family activities on their off-duty days, who pays for activities. If you pay do you expect help (e.g. dress one child at swimming)? This may seem OTT, but it is better to discuss this upfront.
It can work really well, but you need to align expectations on both sides. Do you want someone to help with chores more, or entertain your children? Be honest with them upfront, so that they know what they're letting themselves in for, especially as they are generally young, foreign people, out of their comfort zone.
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27-03-2015 16:53 #5
I suggest you start by contacting an agency to see what service they will provide. have a list of what duties you will expect and question what the costs will be for you. check insurances. there are many things to consider, but if it comes together for you, it might work very well. marie.
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