Many host families welcome a new au pair in the summer and fall. Cultural Care Au Pair has some great suggestions for helping you, your family and your au pair settle in.
Here are a few helpful hints and some links to longer articles:
- Go grocery and supply shopping the first couple of days. Grocery stores and pharmacies may be very different in the US than an au pair’s home country. Take him or her shopping and show the different choices. Figure out if you are going to have your au pair do her own grocery shopping, maybe with a household credit card, or add it into the family shopping trip. The au pair could make a list of a couple things each week, or fill out a check-list, and some families make it an outing with one host parent and the au pair.
- Show how to use everything in the house. Give quick tutorials of dishwashers, ovens/stoves, washing machines, dryers, garage door openers, etc while you are doing your regular tasks. Have your au pair try it once with you around just to make sure he or she feels comfortable with the appliance.
- Add some special things to his or her room. Maybe print out some pictures from the au pair application and a photo of your family and put it in her or his room. Pick out a couple distinctive Cape Cod things to put in the room.
- Put together a package of things to do on Cape Cod–many free magazines and maps are in supermarkets and there are great magazines like Cape Cod Life that can help him or her get a feel for Cape Cod.
- Introduce to friends and family. Maybe have a BBQ or dinner party or have a beach day so that he or she can meet many of the people that are close to you and feel part of the extended family.
Sunday, 19 August 2012 5:18 PM