The au pair experience: childcare and cultural exchange

Whether it's playing with children, reading bedtime stories or taking the little one to the dentist, an au pair provides support with your children on a daily basis and at the same time introduces a new culture and language into your family.

Au pair: childcare and cultural exchange

Late in the afternoon your son suddenly remembers that he is due to write a test the following day – and needs some last-minute help. Your daughter has to be picked up from her music lesson and you have another appointment. The parents' evening in school coincides with the dinner you scheduled with your business partners, and your babysitter already has other plans.

Does this sound familiar? For many of us it's everyday family life – lots to do and not so much time to get it all done. Of course, you're always looking for ways to manage things better, to have more fun and less stress with all the different demands that come up in a modern family. Our tip: why not host an au pair?

An au pair helps you through your daily routine by providing childcare support that's integrated into the family structure. While you clear your mind for work, your au pair takes the children to school, picks them up from daycare, prepares lunch or helps them with their homework.

The au pair tidies up the children's rooms together with your kids and can take care of the laundry. As a live-in part of the family, your au pair can spontaneously fill in for your babysitter when the need is there. And then perhaps you could have some time to enjoy a cosy supper with your partner or finally watch a movie that wasn't created by Disney (just for once).

In addition, an au pair introduces a new culture into your home, speaking a foreign language, naturally sharing aspects of their home culture and experience, now and then perhaps preparing delicious culinary creations from home. And your guest from another country does not only help to ease the daily routine or to give your children broader cultural horizons. The children also get a temporary older sister or brother and everything that comes with such a relationship – someone whom they can play with and someone whom they can trust.

Hosting an au pair means having another son or daughter in the house on a temporary basis, who helps you care for the children. In return, you offer your au pair free access to meals and integrate him or her into your family and your culture. It's a two-way street of mutual benefit.

Does the au pair approach seem like it might be right for your family? You can find out more here at AuPairWorld. And when you're ready register as a host family free of charge. It's the quick and easy and economical way to find your own au pair.

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