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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ing an au pair allows me to be a better, more engaged mom, but our au pair has seen me my lose my temper with the kids, argue with my husband, snap at my mom — it's family life, and it's not always pretty!" Experts recommend setting clear guidelines about household rules for everything from cur- fews, to car usage, to what kind of snacks are appropriate to serve the children. Families who have hosted multiple au pairs will often have a whole binder of information about their family and will schedule out-going au pairs to overlap with in-coming au pairs so they can assist in the new au pair's training. But once the structure is in place, the relationship is not all rules and reg- ulations. "An au pair is not just an employee," says Katrina Ohl, a Local Childcare Consultant for Cultural Care Au Pair. "The best experiences are where the au pair becomes part of your family. A lot of people are very nervous about having someone living with them in their home, but the funny thing is that's almost never an issue once the au pair arrives. If you chose the right person who you really get along with and is a great personality fit with your family, it never feels like an imposition." That's partly because au pairs are not typically hanging around at home when they're not working. They quickly learn where the best shopping is and what time the last commuter train leaves from Boston. Au pairs will often hop on a bus to go to New York City or Philadelphia for 164 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

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