A lot of families struggle to keep up with the day to day tasks regarding family and home life, and so they need to seek someone who can help with this.
Of course, if you are looking after an elderly family member, in-home care is a valid solution. There are other services for specific family scenarios.
If you simply need assistance in general, an au pair is the answer for a lot of individuals. This is someone from a foreign country who comes and lives with the family to take on a proportion of the childcare and housework needed. There is a vast array of advantages associated with employing an au pair…
You will find that employing an au pair is much more affordable than paying for a nanny or seeking a regular childminder. The wealth of difference between the costs is more substantial than most people think. This is because au pairs benefit from the accommodation and full board service you provide. They should then be given a weekly pocket money amount, this is usually only in the region of $70 a week. For most families, feeding an extra person and providing them with somewhere to sleep is not a great added expense, and so the mere cost of $70 a week is minute in comparison to hiring a nanny.
Home comfort and security
Your child will be looked after in the comfort of his or her own home. This is something which proves to be highly beneficial because many kids do not like going to a child minder’s house as they feel uncomfortable. Moreover, this is something which is likely to make you feel more at ease and comfortable too.
When using a nanny or child minding service you usually have to organise set hours and stick to them. However, when it comes to au pairs they have a number of hours they work a week and it is up to you how you divide those hours. Obviously, it is best to give a little bit of notice. Nevertheless, it is flexible from week to week and thus you will be able to easily manage your work commitments and alike.
By having someone who lives with you, you are providing stability. This is especially important with young children because it gives them a chance to get to know the au pair and to understand the situation.
Employing an au pair is interesting. After all, they have been exposed to different cultures and thus they will have a wealth of knowledge and interesting stories to tell. This is something which can help you to make an initial bond by giving you something to talk about. Moreover, the au pair may be better equipped to help your children with any homework they have too.
You get more
You benefit from a lot more help when employing an au pair. This is because they will clean the house and do other home tasks. As well as take your child to their doctor appointment, pick them up from school and alike.
All in all, if you are looking for some help within the home then you should certainly consider the prospect of hiring an au pair.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.