Your au pair has arrived and it’s time to introduce them to your friends and neighbors!
Hosting an au pair is not as common as working with a babysitter or a nanny and often takes a little extra explaining to those who are unfamiliar with the concept. Let’s take a look at the why and the how of introducing your au pair.
Why should you introduce your au pair?
Welcoming your au pair into your community is more than just a gesture. The French word au pair can be translated to on par, meaning your au pair is to be treated like a member of the family. If you had family from overseas living with you for a year, you’d definitely familiarize them with the people they’ll be running into daily! It tells both your au pair and your peers that this relationship is important.
Such introductions can emphasize your au pair's position of responsibility in the eyes of your kids. If you take the time to do this, your children may learn to recognize your au pair's authority more naturally.
Finally, having your au pair meet your friends and neighbors can help your au pair feel more at home and familiar with their surroundings, which is one of the keys to a fabulous au pair year.
How should you introduce your au pair?
One of the best ways to introduce your au pair is to hold an informal gathering at your home. Hosting your friends can help your au pair feel more comfortable because they’ll be in their own space instead of somewhere new. Barbecues or game nights are ideal for this kind of event because they provide a great opportunity for fun conversations and cultural exchange.
If having people over isn’t your preference, consider a post on social media to celebrate your au pair or simply have your introductions at top of mind for when you run into others in town. Details you could include are your au pair’s home country, why you chose au pair childcare, and a cultural exchange moment you’ve already shared together.
Whatever your style or method is, it’s important to be intentional with this step in your relationship with your au pair. Not to mention, it’s fun!
Joy is a huge advocate for cultural exchange. She's lived across the USA, then moved overseas to London and Sydney. She currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, giving her a unique perspective on working and thriving in a culture not her own. Joy graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Marketing and started her career in the au pair industry. She works on the blog and social media for the Au Pair USA program.