What Au Pairs REALLY think.

Sarah - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )





I thought this was kind of interesting!

Researchers claim that au pairs generally feel any family that chooses to have one 'must, by definition, be either lazy, or lack proper care and consideration for children and for people in general'.

The Au Pairs in this study seem to think British Mum's are lazy and the Dad's are sleazy.
What to you think? Do you think parents who hire Au Pairs are this way?


Isobel - posted on 08/03/2010




hey, I can think my boss is lazy all I want :) If they're willing to pay me to do their dirty work, here we are :)

I do know women though, who have 4 or more children, and to be honest with you while Dad's at work, it can't hurt to have an extra eye at the play ground and somebody else to help with the diaper changes (my SIL has 4 boys under 6)...and the two babies are twins...yeah, some women need help, and if they can afford it, YAY them.

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Brandy - posted on 08/03/2010




Hah! I didn't even know what one was until I read this thread lol. If both parents are working and have a nanny during the day while they are at work, then why not, it's either that or daycare of some kind. But if they are at home and the nanny is raising the child then that seems ridiculous to me. Why would you have children if you were just going to hire somebody else to raise them?

Shelley - posted on 08/03/2010




I think its funny that the nanny/ au pair is complaining if these people weren't lazy if thats what they think they wouldn't have a job.

Jodi - posted on 08/02/2010




Generally an au pair here would be called a nanny, and would still be required to be paid minimum wage :)

Jodi - posted on 08/02/2010




I know someone whose sister-in-law can't even go for a couple of days for the family Christmas without her nanny......I find that REALLY lazy, and at the same time I feel extremely sad for that little boy.

Do I think everyone who has a nanny is lazy? No, there are many people who have a nanny because they work, or run a business, so having a nanny is a more personalised way of getting daycare. If I could have afforded one a few days a week when Taylah was younger, I probably would have done it, because I was working at home, but really was struggling to juggle it all. Instead I put her into daycare 2 days a week so I could get things done. I would have much rathered have her home with me though, but I just couldn't watch her as closely as I would have liked while I was working.

Sharon - posted on 08/02/2010




LOL I find the traditional nanny, au pair, situation = lazy.

Where the nanny/aupair gets up and does the midnight feeding, all the doctor visits etc - THAT is lazy. Why have a child at all?

If you're working - fine, daytime care by a good person is a must. But leaving the entire responsibility of raising a child to hired help IS lazy.

The theoretical idea of an au pair is pretty awesome but the two families I know that had au pairs - lmao - what a joke. She was just a fancy maid to them.

I know one person who had a daytime nanny - that mom did it the right way. The nanny only provided care while she was at work and in one situation the nanny provided full time care when ppd and the flu/pneuonia hit the mom.

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