I just read a really nice article written by an Au Pair in Amsterdam. The reason this article is so interesting is because I often feel conflicted when explaining to non-Au Pairs the pitfalls and triumphs of being one.
There are two really extreme, but really common, replies after explaining I was, and am applying to be, an Au Pair. The first is something to the effect of it being such an AMAZING experience with absolutely nothing but POSITIVE aspects. The other is quite the opposite. Living with and working for a family with snot-nosed, whiny kids? That must have been terrible.