Au Pairing

Au Pair Lessons: Take Lessons (or do something)

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Do you know how hard it is to just ‘meet people’? I mean on your own, jus going out and doing things and hoping that, maybe you’ll end up reading the same book as the person across from you on the metro or that you’ll get your drink mixed up with someone else and find out that, oh! they speak English too! It is hard. Meeting new people if you don’t go to school or don’t play organized sports or don’t work outside of the home is mother freaking hard.  Continue reading

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Au Pair Lessons: Stay in Touch

96e1a5ba22a211e3bbc022000a9f1945_7I know that this seems pretty obvious and one of the things you’re positive you’ll keep up, but the best laid plans humans and furry rodents usually meet up with that road paved by good intentions. It’s not because you don’t care or they don’t care or you’ve moved on or any of those things. The biggest factor, really, is life and all those small, kind of pesky things that you didn’t really count on or told yourself wouldn’t be a factor. And then BAM! they were.  Continue reading

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Au Pair Lessons: Stay Busy

89b083621de211e3a77722000a1fbc49_7I need structure. I need a busy schedule and places to be and things to do and dates and times and something marked on my calendar for most days of the week. I need to have to schedule in days off and time to do ‘other things’. I need to be busy. The thing is, after dropping the kids off at school at 9 am and between picking them up after 5pm, I don’t have a whole lot on the books to keep me busy. I also find it really hard to hold myself to getting things done, since I always know that I can, “Do it tomorrow.” Continue reading

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Au Pair Lessons: Go Your Own Pace

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I’ve been in Madrid for almost a month. Two f those weeks I had the kids during the day and last week was my first one by myself since they started up school. The thing is, other than two trips with the family (one where I went off by myself because I’m ~adventurous like that, which of course meant that I ended up missing the last bus back to the house because these are just the sorts of things that happen to me), I haven’t been to downtown Madrid.  Continue reading

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Au Pair Lessons: Not All Families are the Same

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You would think that this little factoid would be obvious. And it is. Kind of.  The thing is,  living with a family that is not your own requires you to become a sort of mental gymnast and become flexible. It’s about new ways of thinking and seeing things. The tricky bit is that the things you have to be flexible about and see in a different light are normally the mundane bits of life you don’t really stop to think about.  Continue reading

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