In the popular imagination, hiring an au pair is often considered an extravagance, a thing of fantasy. Think Mary Poppins. Think Maria von Trapp. However, the realities of modern American life'”dual careers, scheduled activities, volunteering and other community commitments and a competitive education climate that emphasizes a child's earliest experiences'”make bringing an au pair into the home a surprisingly practical and flexible solution for some Edina families.
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By Eric Larson