Two years ago, our last live-in au pair turned out to be really quite horrible so, exhausted by the experience, we all vowed never again and reclaimed our home.But the lovely between-jobs actress who'd been picking up the children from school left to concentrate on her one-woman play.So what did she think about our children-in-charge interview technique?"I thought it was funny and I thought you were very warm, not reserved at all." See, still so polite.Now I feel so positive about au pairs I can only think of one drawback – as Kristina was born the year I started work, I am officially middle-aged, although not at all grumpy.The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.Top Ten Safe Driving Tips, How to Avoid Weight Gain, and more!One of the most first things you should do when you hire an au pair or nanny is to clarify your’s and the au pair’s expectations, write them down and draw up a contract. We are delighted to offer you the position of Aupair, and to welcome you to our family.
[Long pause] And I like children."The interview from hell dragged on, until Emily suggested a game of swingball.
And, after weeks trying to make work calls while making pasta, I was beginning to crack.
Having an au pair seemed the most obvious and, let's admit it, most financially savvy solution (au pairs cost between £60 and £100 per week).
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My husband was easily persuadable by the prospect of nights out at the cinema without paying £30 for a babysitter and not being greeted every evening by an irritable wife furiously pairing 20 pairs of socks. They'd enjoyed my attention and having me do the school run.