1. Everyone thinks their country is the best in the world
From talking to other au pairs, I’ve learned that while they enjoy being in England, they still think their own countries are the best. While I don’t really agree with that (I’m just really in love with everything English), there are things about Dutch culture that I appreciate more than I did before.
There are plenty of au pairs that group together with people from their own country and moan about how much they dislike England. Sure, doing this every once in a while is fine, but I do recommend just embracing the quirks of the culture that surrounds you. It makes life easier.
2. You can live several different lives
You don’t just go to school, start work, retire and then die. There is no reason for you to get stuck with that one job you hate. Or be with that one person for the rest of your life (unless that’s what you want!).
Being an au pair has given me the chance to complete reinvent myself without the pressures of people still seeing me the way I was years ago.
3. You learn to make friends with anyone
As an au pair, you will have a lot of people coming into your life and leaving again. Meeting up with new people is an almost weekly occurrence and you learn to talk to people from all over the world. Even if, at first, it seems like you don’t really have anything in common, you will always find something to talk about!
4. I want kids even if parenting is the hardest job in the world
Every single au pair (and parent) out there will agree that parenting is the hardest job in the world. Contrary to what most other au pairs would say, doing this job actually made me want to have kids. Or maybe just one. It’s hard and exhausting but also so incredibly rewarding.