The Hopps family has hosted 5 au pairs since 2010, one of whom stayed for two years. Says Megan, “We love the program, and we have a great relationship with all of our au pairs. Three of them have come back to visit and we attended the wedding of our first au pair two years ago.”
Sonja, from Germany, is their current au pair and things are off to a great start. “Every relationship is different and we appreciate each of our au pairs for different reasons. We love Sonja because she’s a hard worker and quick learner. She loves to indulge our girls’ ‘girliness’ which means playing a lot of ‘dress up’ and dolls.” Sonja also enjoys baking with the girls and spending time with them in the backyard.
Megan admits, “We live really busy lives, but we make the very most of our time together.” For their family, having an au pair—who can care for the kids and also help with the kids’ laundry and dishes—has meant that this time is more relaxing. “Our family time is better quality time with our au pairs.”
The Hopps’ credit their success on the program in part with good communication. “We are very direct and upfront with our needs and deal with issues right away. Our goal is to create an environment where the au pair feels supported and empowered.” The Hopps also feel that including their au pairs in their family outings and holidays goes a long way toward building trust and friendship. “We truly want them to become part of our family.”