Au pairing for your family: 5 big wins
Sharing your home with a young person from abroad is a clever (and now quite easy) way to make the most of family life.
Au pairing has been an option for families for many years. But with new developments in online connections and global flexibility, its advantages are becoming more and more relevant and accessible to more and more families.
Here are 5 ways that your family can also benefit from the au pairing phenomenon:
For parents with kids and jobs, it often seems that there's simply too much to handle on the average day. It's wonderful to have a full life, but things need to be manageable, too! Having an au pair who participates in family life and shares some of the daily childcare tasks can give you that little bit of extra space you need to really enjoy all the different aspects of your busy life.
A young person who comes to your family as an au pair is not just there to provide childcare. She (or he) is also on an adventure to learn about the culture of your country. This is the key to the win-win experience of au pairing. Your au pair helps with daily family life while getting the chance to experience another culture and improve language skills. And the cultural exchange goes in both directions. You and your kids start to learn about an international world and get exposure to a different culture and a different language right in your own home.
When a young person joins your family team as an au pair, you suddenly have completely new ways of managing the family schedule. Your au pair is there to help fill in the gaps that otherwise can make daily life so stressful. Getting the kids off to school or kindergarten in the morning, picking them up in the afternoon, handling appointments like music lessons or sports, making lunch or an early dinner for the kids − all this and more is easy to arrange together with an au pair who lives together with you in your home.
The connections that form between an au pair and your children can be very special. Au pairing is based on the idea that the au pair is really integrated into your family life. That means the au pair is there not just as a paid caregiver but as a young person who shares her insights and sense of life with your children. This can enable a whole new type of learning for your kids as they come to appreciate and admire someone who takes on a role like a big sister or brother.
In earlier times, families had less choice and flexibility in finding an au pair. Agencies managed the selection process and charged high fees for doing so.
Today, you can use the AuPairWorld search function and quickly get an impression about the range of au pairs who are interested in coming to your country. The diverse resources of AuPairWorld let you learn all about au pairing. You can set up a profile for your family and look at the profiles of prospective au pairs. In these profiles you can see pictures and texts and even videos that the au pairs have uploaded. In your own family profile you can share information about your needs and wishes as a family. Then for a very reasonable Premium Membership fee you can enter into direct contact with the au pairs who interest you. The website also provides detailed information about all of the formal arrangements for hosting an au pair in 21 different countries.
With AuPairWorld, you are in the driver's seat on the way to arranging a rewarding new form of childcare and a great adventure for your family.