After a few months of struggling long hours by myself with the boys and being unable or too tired to move my projects forward, we are officially looking for an au pair. I originally didn’t want to discriminate between fille au pair and a garçon au pair, but honestly, I don’t really want a young man in my house. I don’t want to teach him how to live with others. I don’t want him to disrespect our space (messy room, food all over). I certainly don’t want to make him have to clean the bathroom more than once…and now, I am sterotyping.
I don’t want him to think it is his home, becasue basically, it isn’t. And I think males somehow just naturally think they own the place.
Here is my online profile for our family on Au Pair world:
Dear Au pair
We love to laugh and do arts and crafts. We love to run outside and play in the mud. We are boys. We like to make noise when we can, but we also like to read books and dress up (pirates, super heros, ninjas, more…).
We have bikes and scooters. We use them inside and out. We love to play in our kitchen and often make meals and afternoon tea.
We are going to take music lessons, swimming lessons, and football camps this summer. So we have a calendar full of activities.
We are a Canadian-Swiss family living in Switzerland. We speak English and French. We live in a house in a Swiss country neighbourhood, but only 15 minutes to Lausanne and entire the Lac Léman region but also close to outdoor recreational areas like the Pacots. We are close to public transport (trains and bus).
We are an international and bilingual family. We have lived in Canada, the USA, France, and Switzerland. We are happy to provide an opportunity to learn and practice both English and French.
Maman is a web consultant and communications specialist and works from home. Papa works in a technology company in Lausanne.
We have a private bedroom ready for you on our main level. It has a bed, drawers, closet and desk. There is a bathroom and shower on the main level too.
We would love an au pair who loves to play inside and out. We like to go to parks and down to the lake. We need a bit of help to clean up our rooms and downstairs … when we’ve played too hard and it needs a tidy up.
We would also love if you would be able to cook some meals traditional to your country. We love to cook and experiment with food.
Our parents expect you to be non-smoking, appropriately dressed, responsible, and emotionally mature youth who respects our house and shares our space. You will be expected to make your bed and keep your room clean. We would like you to help clean up after meals and help do the dishes. You will also be expected to clean your bathroom weekly and take your turn with the vacuum and the mop.
Once you are here, we can look at everybody’s activities and create a schedule that works. We will work together to choose the right language course from the numerous possibilities in the Lausanne / Vevey area.
We would love to teach you about Switzerland and our Swiss family lifestyle and learn about yours as well.
That is it. We are actually looking for an au pair from the European Union as we don’t want the extra effort associated with an au pair from other countries. Also, it would be less of a culture shock (especially if they were coming from a country close to Switzerland).
So…that is it. I am scheduling a few Skype interview tonight. Hopefully, we will be up and running in four to six weeks.
I will let you know how things work out.