WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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158 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 E R I C B A R R Y P H O T O G R A P H Y living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up Hosting an Au Pair J E N N I F E R B L E C H E R writer family matters for a long time I could not decide whether hosting an au pair – a caretaker from another country who lives in a host family's home in exchange for 45 hours of child- care – would be the right fit for my family. My normal remedy for such indecision, the classic list of pros and cons, was useless as the pros mirrored the cons. (Pro: an au pair speaks another language that she can teach my children. Con: an au pair speaks another language so may have trouble communicating with my children. Pro: an au pair lives in our home so is always avail- able for childcare. Con: an au pair lives in our home so is always around.) Then we had one of those disastrous mornings that families with three children under the age of five occasionally have, and I tore up my list and faced reality: we needed a flexible and affordable source of childcare. Twelve weeks later, our au pair Alba arrived from Spain.

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