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Choosing the Right Family

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发表于 2010-10-27 04:50:48 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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      最近,好几个论坛里面的au pair来到美国以后,因为各种原因,遭遇rematch. 所以,提醒想互惠的朋友,宁愿在国内的时候,多想想,多挑挑,多选选,也不情愿到了美国以后发现原来的match不合适,被迫rematch. 以下建议,仅供参考。
American host families are as varied as a pack of jelly beans; it is difficult to say what kind of a family one would match with. An au pair might end up with a super wealthy family that lives in a gated community and has a chauffeur, maids, and butlers; all that plus a pair of spoiled brats whose idea of fun is throwing wet noodles at her. In a different situation, one might find working class parents who have two children, and who have no idea what the work discipline means. The parents may be so consumed with work to a point they hardly have any time for their children. Yet another scenario, an au pair might end u with an unhappy family who expects her to clean their tiny house top to bottom including her bedroom, the size of a broom closet, in the corner of a stuffy basement. There are also families who have toddlers with social calendars or taking private French lessons, while others have four and five year olds who are not fully potty trained.
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Occasionally, an au pair might be placed with a wonderful couple and even delightful children, with good values and a loving nature. The family might include the au pair in everything they do, ask her opinion about family matters, and even remember her birthday.

8 {" a7 B: P9 _It is impossible to learn everything about a host family in one or two telephone calls, but one can get a good idea regarding their prospective host family based on what they say and their tone when they call. Anxious or stern sounding host parents, tend to be that way in real life. Be careful of too nice host parents as they may be faking who they are.
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Unfortunately it is not unlikely that the host parents might purposefully ignore to mention important conditions about themselves – as a result an au pair might find nasty surprise upon her arrival. In order to avoid ending up with a family from hell, keep a checklist of question handy when interviewing. The list should include the following fill-in information:
·Children’s age and their typical daily routine.
·Children’s tendencies such as toilet training (if they have children younger than five), bed wetting (it is a common problem), all kinds of allergies, and certain behaviors including crying and throwing tantrums.
·Host family lifestyle including host parents’ work, their typical days, diet, religion, hobbies and other activities.
·How much time they spend with the children
·Disciplinary rules and other child rearing methods
·Pets
·The community they live in. generally a family in a conservative, small community will tend to be conventional too.
·Au pair’s schedule including hours, rules and curfews, accommodation (many au pairs have to live in the basement)
·Transportation – an absolute necessity for many au pairs particularly those who will be staying in American suburbia.
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发表于 2010-10-28 00:25:14 | 显示全部楼层
Thanks a lot!
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 楼主| 发表于 2010-10-28 07:30:00 | 显示全部楼层
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You are welcome. Hopefully it is helpful.
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发表于 2010-12-24 13:52:35 | 显示全部楼层
thanks for ur sharing
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发表于 2011-8-15 23:08:16 | 显示全部楼层
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发表于 2011-10-10 23:45:06 | 显示全部楼层
hrmm,I should consider more. Pick more,and communicate more. Thanks so much for your share!
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发表于 2012-7-24 19:10:26 | 显示全部楼层
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it is a very detailed suggestions, Each one a line are useful.! P: R. o: P5 |- p  H8 q' p5 s

: j3 e, L( i2 h比起夸大其词的中介,这写的贴近现实,也更利于au pair.
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