17 jan 2011

You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when…

Categoria: Au Pair is...


…you always introduce yourself with : ‘Hi! my name is (your name), I’m from (country) and I have (amount of children you are taking care of) children!!’

…everybody is greeting you with a ‘Hi.How are you!’ and you can’t respond fast enough, so you say it first!

…the worst thing is when the parents are working from home

…you know what a S’MORE is.

…you spent all your money at the MALL and you still have nothing to wear

…you hate Dora, The Wiggles and Thomas

…you say silly instead of stupid

…you go to PLAYDATES

…you’ve seen more movies in one month than in your whole life at home

…you drive over 30 minutes to a friend and you think it’s not far

…you only have other Au Pairs as your friends

…you say ‘like’ and ‘totally’ every three words

…someone has asked you stupid questions like: ‘do you have cars in your country?’ – ‘You don’t have Valentine’s day?’ – ‘Where is your country?’

…you don’t think it’s wrong to have cake AND ice cream.

…you park as close to the store as possible so you don’t have to walk even one yard too far

…you cherish moments of silence more than ever before

… you notice yourself saying ‘GOOD JOB’ a hundred times a day

…you wonder why you slept the whole night long so uncomfortable and you notice the next morning, you slept on a barbie, a lollypop, sandtoys etc.

… you need to be creative to find new punishments because a time-out doesn’t work anymore

… you have to admit to mistakes you never did or put the blame on you day for day

…you´re sure you don’t want to have kids within the next 100 years

…you know now exactly how difficult it was for your parents to have little kids and you feel like saying thanks for all you’ve done to your mum and dad every day

…you start to love disney movies again and can copy every passage of them

…you’ve learned what it means to be patient

…you know what a LCC is

…you know that you should never SHAKE A BABY!!!

…you take a nap, after you dropped of the kids at school (after being up for just 2h  )

…you are DRIVING to the busstop to pick up your kids, which is only 200 meters from your house

… the kids call you mom cause you spend too much time with them

Quem já foi Au Pair se identifica com muitos, se não com todos, os itens acima. E quem será, logo entenderá o que estamos falando.



  1. Fernanda disse:

    So true! And even though I miss a lot being an au-pair!

  2. Angeline disse:

    Fer, I miss being one as well!

    Moa, LCC é Local Community Counseler, que é a pessoa da agência de intercâmbio “responsável” pelo au pair em uma determiada região do país, que ajuda as au pairs quando têm dúvidas e problemas. Aqui (http://www.aupairis.com/community-counselor/) há mais informações sobre a LCC.
    S’MORE é um doce delicioso, feito com bolacha, tipo OREO ou graham crackers, marshmallows e chocolate.
    Nesse post (http://www.aupairis.com/receita-de-smores/) a Bárbara ensina como fazer.


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