1) When you’re the only one in movie theater who
doesn’t get the joke
You’re in America for 3 months or less now and you decide to go see a movie, but let’s be honest, you still have a hard time understanding English so you miss all the jokes and feel really stupid.
2) When the truth comes out of your host kid’s mouth
You have gained weight, but you don’t want to face the truth so you tell your host kid hoping she would say “No, you still look the same.”
Unfortunately, she crushed your dreams saying, “Of course you gained weight!”
3) When you don’t understand what someone
says and you keep repeating “what?”
It happened to me so many times, especially the first month.
My host kid was talking so fast I couldn’t get what she was saying.
So I kept saying “What” at least 5 times and felt so dumb.
One day I just said “Oooh, okay“ because I was tired to say What? And she was like “Actually, I asked you a question….” LMAO
4) When your host kid puts you in your place
You: Give me a kiss!
Host kid: “No! Your breath stinks”
Nothing to say about that….. Except “WHAT A SHAME“
5) When someone thinks your host kid is your actual child
One day I was walking down the street with my host kid and a guy said to my host kid whilst looking at me “You’re a beautiful girl just like your mom”
My host kid and I exchanged a look and I was like “Excuse me? She’s not my daughter, I’m too young to have a nine year old daughter” Of course I didn’t say it out loud, I kept it in my mind and smiled at him.
6) When your host kid cries in public!
Children love to do this! Most of the time it’s because you don’t want to buy them a useless toy…
You feel so embarrassed because everyone is staring at you, waiting to see how you will handle the situation. Jeez
7) When you are crying for no reason, letting your friends think that something bad happened.
Au pairs can be so emotional, being far away can change a lot of things in your attitude and your personality.
You can cry for no reason, just because you had a bad day or because your kid was mean to you.
So here’s the plot.
Your friend comes to visit you when you’re off (between 9 am and 3 pm) and she sees you crying as if something terrible just happened.
Can you imagine her surprise when she found out you are only crying because you have too much laundry to do….
8) You start to act like your host kid when you’re
with your friends
Let’s set the scene, you’re in a car with your fabulous American(or British or Australian or whatever) boyfriend and you guys are getting into an argument and since English is not your main language , you have the tendency to improve it hearing your host kids talking. And the thing is… You sometimes forget that your host kids are children and they say things that adults won’t say…
Boyfriend: You did it!
You: No, I didn’t! Let me prove it to you! See... I was right!
And there it goes…
You: I just served you like a dead fish that stinks… By the way you’re the fish!Ah! Ah!
9) You become bipolar
When you’re in the USA, UK or Australia, you like to compare people to others from your country and it goes a little like this...
“Americans are so weird…in Germany we don’t do that… We can’t build real relationships in Australia…at least in France, I have real friends.”
And you come back to your country where it goes like…
“Germans are so not open minded, the American people would never judge me in this situation…I miss Australia, people are so friendly there…in France people are so cold…
Founder of “Au Pairs Chronicles” and author of the novel “#AUPAIRCHRONICLES”, my main goal is to help and motivate people, including au pairs to live their dream. My favorite quote is ” Be somebody nobody thought you could be.”