Our fifth aupair was also Italian and I didn’t see this one coming.
I was almost loosing hope, rethinking the whole childcare plan, when I was contacted by this girl.
She was already in the UK, with another family. Her story was unusual and probably should have rang some alarm bells.
This aupair came to London to be with a host family, a single mum and her 7 years old daughter.
After a week, the host mum said that her daughter actually didn’t want to have an aupair and that the girl had 2 weeks to leave.
During those two weeks the aupair would not have any more duties, or be paid. That’s when she started desperately looking for a new host family.
When I heard this story, I was bit outraged and slightly suspicious. Also, she was only 18 years old, the youngest aupair I ever had.
I interviewed her in person and she came across extremely well. I decided to trust my instincts and invited her to stay with us. She was looking to stay for 3 months, as she was still studying, she wanted to go back for school.
Where do I start?
This girl was simply amazing.
She was very mature and knew exactly how to look after my 3 years old daughter. She was educated, polite, considerate, would stay with us after meals and had very interesting chats.
She followed my daily plan and added value to it. She would even have dinner ready when I came back from work.
She made a cake with my daughters for my birthday!
She made friends with other aupairs in our town and together they would make lovely play dates for the kids – no one ever done that before, or since.
This aupair not only restored my trust in aupairs, but also changed my attitude, my approach, the way I relate with them.
It was a year now and since she left she already came back, on her school holidays, to visit us, as a friend, not as an aupair.