Well, it’s finally hitting me that in just over a week I will be an au pair in London, England. I will be moving to another country for a year to live with a family I’ve never officially met and looking after 4 kids… I guess I understand why people have been calling me crazy.
After reading a fellow soon-to-be au pair’s tag, I decided it would be a great first au pair post to this blog. So thank you to spensertrafford.tumblr.com for providing the first english au pair tag I have seen!
Without further ado, let the tag begin!
1. What is your name, age and where are you from?
My name is Anna and I’m 18 years old. I am from a small town in Canada.
2. Where are you going to be an au pair?
The family I will be an au pair for lives in north-west London, England.
3. How many kids are you looking after? What are their ages?
I will be look after 4 kids, but not all at once everyday. Oftentimes, the mom will be home and will look after 2 of them while I look after the other 2 and so on. I always have to tell people this in order to remove the horrified expression they get once I’ve said 4 kids. The two boys are 4 year old twins and the girls are 6 and 9.
4. What are you most excited about for your au pair year?
I am beyond excited to experience the culture and history that England has to offer and for the things I will learn when living with another family. This is also my chance to be a big sister to the kids and as the younger sibling in my family, that is very exciting.
5. What makes you nervous about being an au pair?
While living with another family is exciting, I am also nervous about the first few weeks. Getting comfortable in someone else’s home and adjusting to how things work there is a daunting task. I am also nervous that the kids won’t like me or will have trouble respecting me: the usual worries for a new au pair I’m sure.
6. What will you miss most about your home country?
Besides my family and friends, I will miss my pets more than anything. My dog has been my best friend growing up and leaving her without being able to explain where I’m going is beyond hard. I expect my cat will deal with it pretty easily, but I will miss him too.
7. Is there anything you won’t miss about your home country?
I won’t miss living in a small town with nothing to do, no diversity and no chance to meet new people.
8. Why did you choose to be an au pair?
I wanted to escape my hometown (see above for why) and do something for myself before going to university. I love kids and being able to combine travelling with childcare is an incredible opportunity.
With all of my excitement and nerves right at the surface, answering these questions was a cathartic experience. Now it’s time to pack and battle the urge to cry and laugh at the same time.