As a television news reporter, Jennifer Guerrieri originally of Dearborn now living in Houston, works non-traditional hours. When she welcomed her daughter into the world a little more than two years ago and began her search for child care, she quickly came to realize that day care simply wouldn't work for her and her husband who is also in the news business.
'There is no way my husband or I could get to a day care center to pick Aubrey up by 6 or 6:30 p.m., which is the time when most providers close,' she notes.
It became apparent to Guerrieri that an au pair might be her family's best option. Now on her third au pair and expecting a son in May, she knows the decision was the right one.
'With an au pair, there is a different level of trust,' she says. 'When someone is living in your home, she becomes a part of your family. We eat together. We go to church together. We take vacations together.'
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By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann