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22 Secrets Au Pairs Will Never Reveal

We bribe your kids. Sorry.

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1. As soon the host parents go out, we bribe their kids with chocolate and late bedtimes.

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It may look like we do, but we don't actually have ~special powers~.

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7. Sometimes we have more fun doing the kids' activities than the actual children do.

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Seriously though, kids' museums are the most fun.

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10. Despite our job title, a lot of us aren't actually that fond of kids.

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Most of us have never worked with kids before. For us, it's all about the cultural experience and not the job. Plus, kids are just ridiculous at times.

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14. But because of the kids, we're usually more aware of our host family's gossip than the parents realise.

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We know about every argument, indiscretion, and awkward social faux pas. They may not have noticed, but their kids haven't quite learnt how to be discreet yet.

15. Everyone thinks we spend our weekends soaking up the culture and practicing our new language with our foreign friends.

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And we do...sometimes. But we spend a lot of weekends in bed, binge-watching Netflix, too.

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16. But when it comes to the end of our year abroad, we suddenly go nuts and try to tick everything off our bucket list before we leave.

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"WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH THE LAST YEAR OF MY LIFE? THERE'S SO MUCH LEFT TO SEE!"

17. There is never a more disappointing moment than when the host family announces they're going on a "health kick".

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But mostly it just means we have to snack in secret, so the kids don't know.

18. We either LOVE our host family's extended family...

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"YES GRANDMA! PLEASE COME AND BRING ALL THE CAKES!"

21. When our times come to an end and we have a "handover period" with the new au pair, things can get a bit weird.

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There's a fine line between wanting to help them and not wanting them to do a better job than us.