Monday, August 8, 2011

Do as I say not as I do

These are important words for Aupairs and Host parents to know. We as host parents set our aupairs to a higher standard than ourselves. We will place the kids in front of the television on a Saturday so we can get some things done around the house, this does not mean that the Aupair can do the same during the work week. A Host parent may leave the kids at home sleeping while they run out a quick errand, the aupair may not. The host parent may drink a glass of wine or two and drive home, the aupair may not...and the list goes on and on. As host parents having an aupair live with you is foreshadowing of having teenagers.  They watch us and see how we do things so it is only natural that they repeat the things we do. Again communication is key to any relationship, so the next time the aupair comes to you and says "but you do it why can't I...", make sure you have a good response ready. Mine is Do as I say and not as I do.

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