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The Challenges of Working from Home: How Au Pair Childcare Can Help
Date:7/31/2013

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Setting boundaries
Another major challenge of working from home is setting boundaries. This means establishing limitations for others – children, neighbors, family – as to when you are available and when you are working. An au pair can help with this and play the role of gatekeeper. One host mother commented on the work-from-home survey, “When I am working from home, the au pair is in charge and the kids know to go to her and not me.”

This can also mean setting personal boundaries and not allowing oneself to work too many hours. Although they can work a flexible schedule, au pairs are only allowed to work up to 10 hours per day. Host parents find that they are motivated to stay focused on work during the au pair’s working hours, so they can enjoy focused and attentive time with the kids when she is off duty.

Distractions
Working from home, parents may find themselves trying to fit “life maintenance” activities into the time that you should be working – laundry, cooking, cleaning, and driving kids to activities or appointments. Having an au pair means that parents can spend the day in their home office, knowing that the breakfast dishes will be put away, the kids’ laundry will be done, the carpool responsibilities are taken care of and dinner is started.

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