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Newsletter Families - Mother-in-Law or motherly friend?

Newsletter Families - Mother-in-Law or motherly friend?

Newsletter Families - Mother-in-Law or motherly friend?

Dear Families,

Having a Granny in the house definitely takes a lot of pressure off families - you're not always worrying about your offspring and have your head free for other tasks. And yet some young parents shy away from the idea of contacting a Granny: What if you don't get along? After all, women of this age have a lot of experience, will they let younger people tell them something? Young women in particular are often afraid of getting a kind of strict mother-in-law in the house.

These fears are understandable, but mostly unnecessary. From their long life experience Grannies know that people are different. They are well-mannered and polite and adapt to the new circumstances, but nevertheless bring a breath of fresh air into the house. Many of them are already mothers-in-law themselves and are on good terms with their daughters-in-law.

A new person in the house always means change. But you can help determine from the start whether the change is positive or negative: Talk to each other beforehand, on the phone, via Skype, Facetime or Zoom, and exchange ideas by e-mail. This way you will quickly find out whether you are in agreement. There is no right or wrong here: what does not feel right for one person may be ideal for another. With this freedom in mind, you can confidently embark on the Granny adventure and find out how their support can change your life. In quite a few cases, the Granny even turns out to be a motherly friend who is a heart-warming enrichment not only for the children but also for the parents. 

At the moment, around 40 Grannies are looking for a nice family whom they can support with advice and assistance. For example, the bilingual Granny Elouise, who would like to start a Granny adventure in autumn. Or Granny Monika, who would like to support a family with her little dog (more about Elouise and Monika below). And you can see more Granny profiles in our online community.

Best wishes from 

your Michaela Hansen und your Granny Aupair-Team



Creative and patient: Granny Elouise


Bilingual Granny Elouise (username: Elouise) is looking forward to embarking on a new adventure worldwide as from autumn. The 49-year-old native South African has worked as a hairdresser and stylist on cruise ships for years. Besides styling and hairdressing, the mother of a grown-up daughter loves cooking, baking, handicrafts, games, hiking and sports, among other things.  

The patient and practical Granny, who is interested in countries around the world, writes in her profile: "I lost my husband in 2020 and I’m ready to get out there again, new adventure and an exciting experience. Being a mom, aunty and a women working in my profession taught me a lot about people and myself. I take my commitments seriously, I have a well grounded attitude and I am very patient. I am practical minded which allows me to tackle and solve complex problems."

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Open and experienced  – Granny Monika