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Au Pairing in Paris

This post has been weeks in the making now. Moving to a new country can take a lot of unexpected turns and has kept me pretty busy. Time has flown by and I can't believe it's already been a month since I arrived in Le Vesinet, a little suburb of Paris, and started working as an au pair for a French family. This still doesn't feel like real life...

I never thought I'd actually be an au pair, but I'm so glad I made this decision. I was lucky enough to find the most caring family with two adorable kids who I already love getting to spend time with. I work 5 days a week, mostly in the evenings and during the day on Wednesdays when the kids get off school early. I pick them up from school by car in the afternoon, and watch them till their parents get home in the evening, plus some occasional babysitting and driving to different activities after school. I've learned that drivers in France are much more impatient and even aggressive than in the U.S. but I'm just glad my host family has an automatic car for me to drive (thanks to the first au pair who couldn't drive a manual). Driving here makes me feel like a real local and listening to the radio in French (even if I don't understand all of it) I'm hoping will improve my listening skills, and I don't mind some popular French music either.

Since the kids I'm taking care of are slightly older (10 and 12) they're pretty independent, but I help them with their English homework and always make sure they get their goûter after school because they couldn't go a day without it. Every night of the week they like to watch this French soap opera on TV. So at 7:25 everyday you can find me watching and trying my hardest to understand, Demain Nous Appartient, since we can't even get the French subtitles to work. Their parents work later than most would in the U.S. and they usually don't get home till 7 or 8, then we eat dinner together after that. Every night with our meal we have a baguette and a whole spread of different kinds of French cheese. That's something I could get used to pretty easily, and we always have either a fruit or yogurt right after dinner and then the kids are off to bed and I'm free for the rest of the night. La vie d'une fille au pair.