I tell you, it’s not easy to be a wife, a mom, and a working woman rolled into one. All these three roles demand a lot of my time and energy, and to be honest, it caused me a lot of stress.
Child rearing is not an easy task, and having three kids is undeniably challenging. However, don’t get me wrong, it is still a lot of fun!
It’s just that there came a time when I was about to give up my job because it seemed like I couldn’t maintain the balance anymore between my personal and my professional life. This was the main reason why my husband and I have decided to apply as a host family for an au pair, and it was fortunate for us that we qualified to be one.
It was just last year when our youngest child was about five-years-old, the other two were seven and nine when Ella, our kind-hearted au pair, joined our family. She was indeed a blessing to us, so let me tell you how she made our life a lot better!
Happier Kids and a Cleaner Home
Since both my husband and I are working full time, we have our breakfast routine and then used to bring our kids to school, you can imagine the hectic in the morning and the untidy house after we all leave!, then when coming back from work after picking up our kids from day-care the house is the same as we left it, since we are having an au pair, the children can have their breakfast in time and will be in school as well in time, as for coming home in a tidy house is great! Our au pair will pick up the kids as well in the afternoon which gives us less stress on our way going home.
Things changed and became a lot better with Ella around. Though she only did light household chores, it helped us a lot as there was no more mess around when we got home in the afternoon.
Plus, the fact that she took good care of our kids was indeed a blessing! She was patient and she knew how to deal with children, even when they had their tantrums. Maybe, one factor that greatly helped her with this is the fact that she has younger siblings she also used to take care of.
She also acted as a tutor as she helped the kids with their school assignments and projects, especially when I did not have the time to do the task myself. We then noticed that our children also interacted well with her. We can’t thank her enough for all her efforts.
Appreciating Another Culture
Another thing that we were happy about having Ella with us was that we were able to learn and understand the Filipino culture as Ella is a Filipino. Through her attitude, we came to understand that Filipinos are friendly people and very hospitable.
We also noticed that she’s respectful, and there were several values from her country that we truly appreciated. She also shared with us some basic terms in in her own language. It was fun having her with us even for a just a year.
We are happy that we trusted Wecare AuPair, the agency that brought Ella to our family. They are a trusted au pair agency here in The Netherlands who can help families like mine and yours.