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#1 Hands Up

Posted 16 January 2019 - 08:27 AM

Our first au pair arrives in three weeks! We are very excited.

We are putting a lot of planning into a smooth arrival and transition for her including some new furniture for her room and lounge, a “starter manual”, a week long handover, driving lessons, buying some food for her arrival (she is vegan).

What I’m hoping you can share is things you did that made it a successful experience. We’ve been clear on expectations, schedule etc and are very much seeing her as an additional family member (one that gets the ability to turn off) but would love to hear any advice and tips from others.

Thanks in advance!

#2 Apageintime

Posted 16 January 2019 - 08:33 AM

We have hosted for a while.

I find making sure the introduction to Australia a good one is really important, as is finding a connection with DS early. So we go to the zoo or museum or beach on the very first day. Let's au pair and child get to know each other on neutral ground and gives them something to talk about over the next couple of days. Somewhere that is very 'Australia' helps give that wow factor of 'oh I'm really here'.

Talking lots in those weeks prior to arrival helps too. It opens the communications lines early.

Getting them out and making friends early helps too. Connect them with other au pairs as a start, and encourage them to go out of an evening to make those connections, rather than sit in their rooms.

Our au pair #4 leaves in 2 weeks and I'm going to cry when he does. He is such a lovely human being.

#3 Hands Up

Posted 16 January 2019 - 12:41 PM

She’s 25 and will have her own bedroom (of course) and lounge, but will also be very welcome to hang with us.

#4 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 16 January 2019 - 01:39 PM

Just a question. How vegan is she? Is she ok with handling animal product foods for example preparing a meal for your child?

Just that some of my vegan friends don't want to touch animal products.

Good luck!

#5 Hands Up

Posted 16 January 2019 - 01:47 PM

Yep I’ve checked that out Kiwi and she is “loosely “ vegan (her phrase) and will definitely be cooking with animal products for the kids.

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