My first post here and thought I'd see what opinions everyone has on male au pairs.
I have just (gladly) waved goodbye to an a male au pair....What a nightmare! I've had plenty of au pairs before always girls, but thought I'd try a boy as I have 2 boys 6 and 7. I Was quite frankly horrified at his inexperience and attitude. He was a 19 year old german who has obviously never done anything for himself before. I had to spend 3 months teaching him how to cook(toast!boiled egg!), clean and generally look after himself(how to hand wash his shirt!) never mind looking after my kids. He obviously thought domestic chores were beneath him and spent most of the time on the phone (oh yes 2 hour conversations every night!! on my phone!!!) or in a mono syllabic teenager strop.It was just like I had gained a 3rd child! He came from the agency I use regularly with great references which I followed up! Feel like I will never ever ever hire a guy again. Surely they are not all like this...are they?
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Male au pair/manny...think carefully!!!!!!
ingles2 · 17/09/2007 10:09
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