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Top 5 Reasons You Should Not Hire an Au Pair

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not Hire an Au Pair

Not all parents and families are suitable for the au pair program.  Hosting an au pair is very different than hiring a local college student to baby-sit or even hiring a nanny.  These childcare choices are dictated by the employee-employer relationship.  The childcare giver gets “paid” every week and may or may not live-in.  You do not have to give the childcare giver a car, a cell phone or a computer to use!  You will not be eating dinner with your babysitter and you certainly will not be sharing holidays with your nanny. 

Au pairs are young women (or young men) who are between the ages of 18-26 who expect to become part of the family, audit college courses (that you pay for) and drive your car, live with your family and take care of your children like an older sister - compared to a salaried nanny or babysitter.  

Here are the most important considerations you should consider before you hire an au pair:

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