Since this blog is partially my diary of my time in Rome I am going to note one main frustration that I have of being an au pair with this particular family. It is the housekeeper they have that works in the house from 8:15 to 7:15 every day. She is a lovely woman who is kind and gentle and I love her…it’s just that she gives in to the children’s tears. They cry, she responds. They hit her, she does nothing back. She takes the complaining, the tantrums and the children know that she won’t do anything to stop them. When I try to give the children discipline they run to her. Being an au pair would be a lot easier without her doing everything opposite of me. It is impossible to teach the children anything when there is somebody around 24/7 countering my every move!