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Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid with Au Pairs!

 

Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing an Au PairTop 10 Au Pair Choice Mistakes

What the agencies don’t tell you is that au pairs can and do slip through the screening process. You have to carefully review all applications yourself and interview each au pair thoroughly – you must make the ultimate decision when matching with an au pair!

Mistake #10:  NOT Reviewing the Au Pair Agency's Qualifications

If you choose a program because it is inexpensive, you may be placing your children at risk. You should ask hard questions about how the girls are screened (ask about criminal background checks and psychological testing). The agency should be registered with the Department of State (DOS).  There are many small au pair agencies that do not abide by DOS guidelines (but are cheaper).  Check our list of the U.S.A. agencies that are approved by DOS. 

Mistake #9:  NOT Taking the Time to Check the Applications Carefully

Each agency will send you an application for each au pair you are interested in. Many host parents make the mistake of not making the most of this material. If all applications from one country basically read the same, I would question t...................................

Tip: Look at the date when the au pair received her driving license and ...................................

Mistake #8: NOT Reading Between the Lines of the Au Pair's Host Family Letter

Each au pair writes a letter to her prospective host parent and her letter can be very revealing even before you speak to the au pair.  Her letter gives you a sense of her ability to express herself in English and what kind of personality she has. What are her reasons for leaving her home? Does she come from an intact family who are close?  Does she have ............................

Tip: Does her letter express a “sunny” and positive personality that may indicate .......................................

Or does the au pair reveal potential emotional issues? An au pair who starts a letter with “My name is Anne and my father left my family when I was age 7” may be telling you she has issues with her father abandoning her and there may be discord in the family – you don’t want a young girl experiencing emotional turmoil taking care of your children and living in your home.

Mistake #7:  NOT Conducting a Phone Interview with the Prospective Au Pair

You must call any au pair you are interested in! This phone call is critical to the success of your year with an au pair. Many times we have heard from host moms that they were too busy to call the au pairs! They said they “emailed the girl many times” and were confident the au pair was the “one.” These host moms are usually ..................

Tip #1: Present a few practical ....................

Tip #2: Not sure what the time difference .....................

 

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