Pam is the best! She is not only a great au pair to our two boys but she has become an integral part of our family. She arrived the week of Thanksgiving along with 24 of our relatives for our big Thanksgiving dinner. I was concerned it would be overwhelming but she fit right in with the family and helped decorate tablecloths with the kids and learned how to make some of our traditional family dishes.
During COVID she helped with both boys' classwork and ensured my kindergartener made it to 1st grade! Since school has been out for summer vacation, Pam has spent every morning doing "summer school" with our little one (Our 3-year-old) to make sure he doesn't fall behind with his letters and numbers. He knows his alphabet in English and Spanish and can count to twenty in Spanish (we are still working on the English : )) For the next school year, we have decided to keep them home for the first semester due to COVID. Pam will be taking on homeschooling for our preschooler.
Since she has been here she has taught our 3-year-old to swim. He is now a fish in the water and can out swim his 6-year-old brother. She has also taught the kids a number of songs in Spanish and both boys are speaking to her in 100% Spanish. Both of our boys are speaking to her 100% in Spanish and best of all she runs a fun "tight ship". They do crafts and study all morning and are out having fun all afternoon in the backyard catching lizards or swimming in the pool. She always has them bathed and ready for bed before dinner so they have time to calm down before they go to bed for the night.
We got to go to Mexico for a beach vacation pre-COVID and just this month spent 4 days at a lake house tubing, fishing, and swimming over the July 4th holiday. Not only that but she has taught me how to make chicken mole enchiladas. We made them together and now I am hooked!
We have spent a Saturday playing games over Zoom with her mother and two brothers in Mexico. I have also gotten the opportunity to get to know her mom over phone conversations. Pam is not only our au pair but she is a part of our family- and her family has become a part of our family as well.