Hiring an au pair was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I never wanted an au pair. That’s the truth of it.
In fact, I couldn’t think of anything worse.
So two years ago when three of my friends– all of whom work in breakfast radio and all of whom have au pairs – suggested I look into hiring someone TO LIVE WITH US and help me look after our three small kids, I was horrified.
“I couldn’t do it,” I said. “Have someone live with us? A stranger just hanging around in our house? Nup. I’d rather try and go it alone.“
What. An Idiot.
Because then I had my son Quincy which meant I had three kids under five. Three kids under five, no grandparents on hand to help and a husband who was never home.
Suddenly leaving the room to hang out the washing became a logistical nightmare. Just the though of doing kindy drop-off with three kids gave me a headache. HAVING A SHOWER seemed impossible. And forget my work as a writer, I couldn’t even figure out how to manage the kids’ bath time.
Suddenly having an au pair looked like a not-so-terrible-idea.
And a hell of a lot more economical than paying $20 an hour for a nanny.
Six months on from jumping aboard the Au Pair Express and let me tell you – it’s right up there with buying no-iron uniforms as one of the best decisions I have ever made.