The Ultimate Guide to Hosting an Au Pair in Australia - eBook


  • Many host families found their biggest hurdle was simply finding unbiased, real life information on hosting an au pair- so they could make informed decisions when starting.
  • I will explain what you need to know, and link you to all the existing Australian resources, forums, guides and websites you will ever need to host an au pair. 

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How does it work- having another person living in my home?

Surprise!

Au pairs like their personal space just as much as I do. I get more time to myself when my au pair is watching the children- and the best investment you can make in your home is unlimited wi-fi. Au pairs Skype home as often as daily, and they’re here to get out and make friends. Encourage and support them to do this, and everyone will live stress-free in their own little bubbles. What’s MORE of an issue? Keeping your kids out of their much-loved au pair’s room- she will be in high demand for her entire stay.

“How do you AFFORD it?”

Hosting au pairs has provided me extra income- I have the time free to invest in building our family’s future. It’s allowed me to go back to work full-time and still have quality time with my children. We meal plan, and an organised life is less expensive in every way. Plus- they’re not as expensive as you’d think.

I promise! They’re not here to float in your pool and have money thrown at them.

Keep in mind: this eBook provides you with links to groups and websites containing MANY experienced host families, waiting to provide you a wealth of further information- long after the book is finished.

"So is an au pair the same as a nanny?"

Well kind of- except it’s also like a sister, a friend, an extra momma, a flatmate, a wine buddy, a spare taxi driver, a confidante, and an extra adult child! No- she’s not a professional nanny. She’s an overseas traveller who wants to experience authentic Australian life. Sometimes they’re professionally qualified- but after hosting 15, I can tell you a piece of paper has nothing to do with how well an au pair does in her role. Sometimes when hiring, you just need to trust your gut. I teach you how to do that, while eliminating resumes based on the warning signs I show you to look out for.

With the right recruiting, your children will fall in love with their 'big sister' and so will you.

When my first au pair left, our hearts all broke. She was part of our family, and we both taught and learned from each other. It is a bond like no other- a cross between a daughter and a sister with a little life coaching thrown in on both sides. 

We watched her walk away and into the airport. My daughter, in between her tears, said, “Mummy? I want more au pairs, please.”

So I hosted another 15.

What I've gained by hosting au pairs

  • My children see me live a more organised, streamlined and decluttered life. Having time free, instead of frantically packing lunches and brushing hair every morning, means a smoother, calmer household for everyone.

  • I do what I say I'll do, far more often. I don't know about you, but keeping promises to my kids can be hard when I'm stressed, busy and unexpected life events happen. I won't say I always get it right, but my ratio of parenting wins has increased exponentially!

I knew there was a better way, and I found it.

I have spent the last three years utilising my skills and qualifications in Management, Leadership and Community Services to perfect my style of hosting au pairs. I've researched everything I needed to know, and put it into practice successfully. 

I am contacted multiple times a WEEK on social media by people asking for information on how to get started hosting au pairs.

I combined my knowledge into one solution you can read in a single sitting and walk away with all the tools to host an au pair. There is a way to do it easily, and get it right from the very first time.


And the result was this eBook.

Here it is: The Guide to Hosting an Au Pair in Australia

I've created a one-touch resource which contains everything you need to know.

I show you the ins and outs of writing your ad, hiring, setting your au pair up for success, managing conversations and issues, and structuring your household to make the most out of hosting an au pair.

  1.  I will show you how to write your ad, and show you the importance of representing your family accurately to find an excellent fit (and how to get your au pair to say YES!)
  2.  I give you a household manual to use, which you can add to as you host and perfect- to assist your au pairs in getting started and laying out your family requirements and rules. It's all done for you- just fill in the blanks.
  3. Hosting the right au pair, the first time, means your family will find someone who really 'gets' you and your kids. You'll build a great relationship from the start, and reduce the number of hurdles other host families can face.

What People Are Talking About:

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"I didn't know where to start..."

"I can highly recommend this book! I didn't know where to start at first and was unsure about getting an au pair. But the eBook was of great help getting me started. 

Our first au pair leaves us soon."

Cheryl Faccio
- Brisbane, QLD

“Hosting au pairs made SUCH a difference in our lives...”

“I'd thought about hosting before, but when I read your eBook I actually DID it. And you were right- most of the things I thought could go wrong, weren't even issues in the end. I've hosted 2 au pairs now and I am so sad at the thought of our current girl leaving. She's irreplacable.”

Samantha Allen
- Perth, WA
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Kat Abianac
Creator of The Guide to Hosting an Au Pair in Australia

About the Author

I created www.hackyourfamily.com because I know busy mummas need life hacks.

For me, this eBook wrote itself. I have been asked by countless people over the years how to get started hosting their first au pair. I still get messages every week.

I have a child with special needs, and one in primary school. I write for Huffington Post and Kidspot (amongst others) and work fulltime. I know what it's like to be busy. When my son was born and I found out he had medical issues, I knew I was at a crossroads and needed to make big changes. I researched hosting au pairs and took on my first. It was a learning curve for both of us and I've never regretted a minute of it. My children are in a better routine, and I manage to stay on top of things while having the life I always wanted.

Having au pair isn't for everybody.

But many families find out that it IS for them- and previously they'd never considered it as an option.

Keep an open mind, and try to think outside the box. While you read this eBook, it's important to truly reflect on the realities of your family life. There are countless host families around Australia who are getting twice as much out of their time, and once you're linked into the community via the resources in this eBook, you'll see for yourself how they solved their hosting problems.

Is an Au Pair right for my family?

Even with the great rebates available via Australian childcare, paying childcare bills is a huge cost. Many families feel like they simply can't take on yet another expense. Here's a comparison list to help you weigh up your options.

The Pros List

  • Au Pairs can allow you to drop your 5th unrebated day at childcare, reducing your overall bill (especially when multiple children attend).
  • Demi pairs don't cost you a wage- simply provide room and board and recieve all the perks of a 'part time' au pair.
  • The flexibility of working holiday visas mean often you can recruit short term au pairs, keeping your guest room free for family and friends visiting and allowing you to host an au pair when you need them the most.
  • Non-traditional childcare and home help provides excellent flexibility for the mornings and evenings.
  • Gaining a short term family member improves your child's language skills and provides new games and experiences.

The Cons List

  • A spare room is generally required to host an au pair.
  • If you don't meal plan, your grocery expenses will slightly increase (my eBook gives you advice on how to stay organised to prevent this).
  • A younger au pair may be demanding on your time as they generally enjoy and seek out the company of host parents.
  • If you prefer long term au pairs, your children may get upset when your au pair eventually leaves!
  • If you're like me, you may initially find yourself using your newfound  free time to develop an expensive hobby or two...

What You Get:

  • Guide to writing your initial advertisement, as well as links to free and paid places to advertise- and a list of crucial questions to ask before you hire.
  • Links to active Australian host family communities to seek out advice and chat with parents who can help with every scenario.
  • Sample task list, to get you started and help you organize and delegate your priorities.
  • Manual template- ensuring everything your au pair needs to know is available to her quickly and easily, eliminating the same questions over and over.
  • Examples of ways to have conversations with your au pair to head off any issues before they snowball- to make sure your household is harmonious and filled with laughter.
  • FAQ- Questions answered honestly, by real life host families- plus much more.

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You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If this eBook doesn't contain what you needed, or you didn't find it helpful, just let me know within 14 days and I'll send you a prompt refund.


P.S. If you still have unanswered questions about whether this book will benefit you, or want to know anything else about hosting an au pair and if this purchase is right for you, just contact me via my website www.hackyourfamily.com.

Yes, I want to host an au pair!