There are lots of reasons why hosting an au pair has worked best for my family – and for a lot of families I know.
First—flexibility. Having an au pair gives families more flexibility than any other childcare option. As a host mom, I schedule my au pair for a few hours in the morning, to help my kids get ready for school, pack their lunches and drop them off. Then she is off for a couple of hours and picks up again in the afternoon. She picks them up from school, helps them with homework, takes them to different activities, prepares them dinner and even gets them ready for bedtime. You can also schedule your au pair on weekends if you need some weekend coverage for a date night. Or choose a more traditional route, a 9-5 weekday schedule, it’s completely up to you and you can change it week to week.
Your children also get one-on-one care with an au pair. That’s individualized and personalized attention. Our au pairs have gotten to know each one of our children so well and have understood their individual needs and personalities so deeply. That kind of love, care, consideration and peace of mind is amazing for my family.
Another great benefit to hosting an au pair is the exposure to another culture. Your au pair will share their language and food and customs of her home country with your whole family. I even know a few families whose kids are now fluent in their au pair’s native language! We love the fact that our kids are learning so much about the world in the comfort of our home.
Au pairs can also help with household chores that relate to the children. That means doing their laundry, tidying up their rooms and even preparing their meals. Au pairs can also take over official taxi duties and help drive your kids to and from school and to all of their appointments and activities.
Many families also appreciate that the cost of hosting an au pair is comparable to or even more affordable than daycare or a nanny in most areas.
Probably the biggest reason why families love our program is because their au pairs come to feel like part of their extended family. There is a deeper level of trust and comfort that can develop with an au pair who lives with you. For my family, hosting au pairs has been truly life-changing, and I’m so grateful to the three women who have now become part of our family forever.