Two weeks done with my au pair career…..well it will be two weeks on Sunday at 11pm, but then who’s counting! Two more weeks and then home for two weeks before I come back for the final 2 weeks. The new au pair arrives March 20…..again, not that I’m counting.
Don’t get me wrong I love these three little people, but it is not easy stepping into this role. One of the twins screams bloody murder when she sees me in the morning because she associates my presence with mommy and daddy leaving. That breaks my heart for many reasons. Another issue is when mommy and daddy don’t get home from work until 10-12 hours after they exit in the morning. They tell me this is unusual. I’ve had to set boundaries and that has been painful. I’m not hired help. I’m a Grandma that is here to help out in a difficult situation. The parents said, “the kids don’t usually scream this much.” I reminded them that the girls have been screamers since they were born.
I had to jog their memory on how stressful it would be if I wasn’t here! I will not take the fall for the cutie pies being screamers. I will tidy the house up a bit, but I will not clean the housse. I’ve already cooked several meals, but I am not the cook. Anyway you get the picture.
We’ll make this work because we have to.
I’ve seen the results of our discussion already. We’ve had a pleasant and fun weekend. The parents have been treating me like the Grandma I am! I know this truly is stressful for all involved. Another character building block in my life and theirs. I know we will all come out of this better people and smelling like roses! Well maybe NOT smelling like roses!