You’ve heard of an oasis, right? A place in the desert filled with water and shade…well, everyone needs an oasis sometime. Today, I would like to introduce the idea of making your home an oasis for your at pair.
When a young man or woman leaves their home, family and friends for a new life, if only for a year or two, in America,they are taking a huge risk-you may feel your family is risking a lot by hosting an au pair you have never met in person, but imagine leaving all you know and love to spend your every waking minute with strangers.
I would like to challenge you, my Rhode Island Host Families, to make an extra effort this summer to make your American home an oasis for your au pair. They have taken such a huge chance to be with your family that just perhaps, you could make some extra effort to give them some love and comfort during their off-duty hours.
Check out another perspective: http://goaupairphiliwilmington.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/au-pairs-providing-a-cultural-experience-you-dont-get-from-nannies-or-other-childcare/ Is an interesting article describing how au pair child care just might be the right thing for you. Is there something your au pair might really enjoy doing on his other time off? Is there a place or event they have mentioned doing or attending? What can you do to make this experience just as wonderful for your au pair as he or she is trying to make it be for your children?
Please let me know if you have created an oasis for your au pair. Contact me, Joan Lowell, your Local Area Representative in the Rhode Island area, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925. I look forward to your comments and questions.