Au Pair Guide

Because I have received a lot of questions about au pairing after people have stumbled upon my blog, I decided to create a resource for those looking for this type of info. I unfortunately cannot respond to the emails as promptly as I would like so I thought I should make some basic info available. Right now it is extremely simple and I hope to add a lot more to it when time permits. As this isn’t my main goal of blogging or my true passion, it is definitely a slow work in process. However, I did want to help other out there that were just as confused and curious as I was when thinking about becoming an au pair. I hope this will help some readers. Until then, enjoy looking at the basic skeleton. Any advice to make it better is welcomed!

Here it is: An American’s Guide to Au Pairing

*it can also be accessed by clicking on the “Au Pair Central” tab on my blog

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Closing a Chapter

I came to France with the idea I would be here just one year. I wanted to learn a new language, experience a different culture, and most importantly grow. I have to say, that on my last day of au pairing, I can look back and say I have done pretty well. The past 10 months have been filled with up and downs. Most of the time I was sitting here wondering why I am so lucky, but there were also days I wondered why I ever chose to do this. Although my French is still completely rubbish, I really feel like I have gotten the most from this experience so far.

I never thought that today would be like this. I thought I would be filled with sadness to leave a family I cared so deeply about. Sad to say though, although I will miss the kids dearly, today is nothing what I imagined. With the feeling that I can’t go fast enough from the parents, it really makes me upset about all the time and effort spent. I understand that they are mad I am leaving but I do wish this could have ended on a better note.

On the other side, I cannot believe I am moving tomorrow into the center of Paris into my very own place. I havent even wrapped my head around it yet I don’t think. I have never lived alone, let alone in PARIS. Ahhhh. I can’t wait. I am really looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I have faith that everything will work out. And hey, if it doesn’t it was an experience, right?

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Bitter Sweet

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