“Welcome to my life!” She sighed as she pulled her suitcase out the door! Amber was leaving me with her house and her car – And her kids! For FOUR DAYS!
So Amber and I have swapped lives – or more accurately, I’ve stepped into her life during this week. For the next few days, I get to hang out with her two teenagers, cook for them, drive them to school, fetch them, au pair them, really. Also, because it’s Cape Town and your girl is on school holiday, I also get to squeeze in some holiday time too! So I put together 3 things one needs in order to do well as an Au pair – well, according to me!
Do you Boo!
When dealing with kids of any age, the best thing you can do to impress them is to be yourself! I’ve learned from the classroom that kids see right through that mask you put on hoping they’ll think you’re cool – you’re not cool to them, ok?! You’re just an old person they’re still deciding if they can or can’t tolerate! So take that mask off and be the version of yourself that you don’t have to think too hard about, and maybe if you’re lucky, they’ll like you! And you’ll be much less anxious about it, believe me!
One day at a time
Hot breakfasts and lunch boxes, soccer practice and AP English. Pick ups and drop offs and home cooked dinners after homework! There is a lot to remember every day if you want to keep these people alive. The trick really is to take everything as it comes and focus on one thing at a time, one day at a time. If you let your mind get overloaded by everything before it comes, you’ll go crazy and mess it all up!
Squeeze in time for some fun
Well, like I said, even though I’m looking after people who have their normal school routine, I am still on holiday and I am allowed to play! So after dropping off the kids at school, I have a few hours to galavant around the city and do some of my own exploring before school is out. I just got back from Seapoint’s outside gym and took a walk along the beach. I’ve even been asking complete strangers to take pictures of me😂 I am in another city after all! Mama needs some salt air and adventure!
Well, I still have a few days here and I plan to make the most of the time! I’m so glad I agreed to this! Have a beautiful week,dear readers! You want, you can follow me of Twitter and/or Instagram (@nolo_yiso) for all of my shenanigans this week and every day, really