Thursday, April 19, 2007

How to quit

I get tons of email from au pairs all over the world. Thankfully, most of them are great stories about how wonderful the au pair experience is. There are also some emails about things not working out and au pairs trying to figure out how to quit.

I believe that people can work out most issues, but sometimes it simply doesn't work out. My advise on the best way to part with a family is to give them enough notice to find a replacement. Most host families are both working parents and cannot survive without childcare. In fact, most families who like live-in childcare are usually full time working parents. They must have continous childcare to go to work and support their families.

Both parties should not let problems get out of control. Weekly meetings to discuss issues are very beneficial in developing a working relationship. It also helps parents and au pairs bond and get to know each other better.

Naturally, if the situation is unbearable aupair should think of her best interest as well. However, I believe giving enough notice before quitting and parting in good terms is the way to go.