Monday, July 28, 2008

Summer time

I love summer, it's my favorite season of the year and I would love to live in a place where there is no winter and cold weather. When I think of summer the first thing that comes to my mind is the beach. Unfortunately I usually live far away from the beach and I have to settle with a nice pool.

When the summer comes around and if I am in charge of young children, I can't help but feel little scared around the water. After all, it's a pretty tough job to watch the kids around the pool. There is too much excitement, everybody is running around and usually there are tons of children jumping in and out of the pool.

If I am taking care of young children I hold them in the baby pool or in the shallow end of the pool. When there are two children it may get little hairy to constantly watch one child and hold a baby in your arms. With the young children I don't go to the pool alone. It is not realistic to think that you are young and can handle two young children around water. I never do anything I don't feel totally comfortable with the children. This is especially true around a swimming pool.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Too many kids to take care of?

I have received an email from an au pair who is currently in the US. She is happy with the family however she sounds a bit overwhelmed with the number of children she is taking care of. She states there are 4 children in her charge and it can get hectic sometimes.

I know that having to take care of 4 children can be a bit too much for most au pairs. I know of other au pairs who had 3-4 children in their care and they were always busy with one of the children or all of them. Even though there are countless mothers with more than four children, for a young woman it can be tough. That's why it is so important to figure out your limits before accepting a job. I realise most aupairs are more concerned with getting a job in a place that she or he likes. These things may seem like a minor issues, but they are not. That's why it is so important to resolve these while interviewing with the family. Ask for each child's routine and make sure you can take care of all of the things on the list before accepting a job. Trying to change jobs after settling with a family is much harder than doing a complete interview.