These are common issues/concerns that some au pairs have and suggestions on how to avoid them.
September 14, 2014 Make friends with au pairs from other countries. You will be forced to speak English together and you will have the side benefit of learning about their cultures. We even have a few native English-speaking au pairs in our cluster. In addition to being really cool ladies, speaking with them would be a Read More
September 9, 2014 PET PEEVE #1:“I can’t stand soupy yogurt and warm drinks.” SOLUTIONS Use a frozen juice box to keep yogurt and other foods cold by wrapping the two containers together with a piece of aluminum foil. The night before, fill a freezable drink container halfway with the beverage (noncarbonated) you plan to pack. Read More
September 6, 2014 This month is the start of the American Football Season. The college games are on Saturdays and the professional games are on Sundays. This is a great time of year to gather with family and friends to watch the games and cheer on your favorite teams. It may seem confusing BUT the Read More
September 5, 2014 This video reminds us that HAPPY is defined the same around the world, we just need to take the time to notice! Enjoy!
September 4, 2014 Here are 15 Grammar Tips from Brian Clark’s at Copyblogger. Great information to review!
September 3, 2014 The new school year is right around the corner. Review these safety tips to ensure your kids safety to and from school. School Bus If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus. If your child’s school bus does Read More
September 2, 2014 Here are a few tips for a great start to the new school year: Proper Backpack Use Remember to have your kids always use both shoulder straps on their backpack. Carrying their backpack by using only a single shoulder strap can strain muscles. Riding a Bus Protect your kids from unsafe areas Read More
June 13, 2014 Au Pairs and Host Families schedules change in Summer! It is important to have a meeting to review schedule changes for the summer . Kids don’t have school, but they still have busy schedules. There is often even more driving for the au pairs during summer, taking the kids to day camp, Read More
June 1, 2014 If you are working abroad as an au pair, there is a good chance that one of the reasons you are is to learn a new language. Right? Or you may be there to perfect a language that you already have started to learn. OR – you’re an au pair simply for Read More
May 24, 2014 Both the au pair and host parents should carry a recent photo of the host child/ren in their wallet in the event of an emergency. What to do if you cannot find your host child in a store? If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office Read More
May 22, 2014 Handling Expenses Miscellaneous Expenses There are different ways to handle the little day to day expenses that come up. Things like when an au pair takes the kids out for ice cream or picks up a gallon of milk. Some families keep a cookie jar fund, a little cash that they set Read More
May 22, 2014 I read this article from the Washington Post on May 17 and just had to add it to my blog. I had 3 very athletic brothers growing up and always hated the “smell of boys”. I vowed when I was a mother I would NEVER allow “Stinky Boy Smell” into my home. Read More
May 13, 2014 Do you stay in inexpensive/cheap hotels when you travel? Have you heard of bed bugs? This year one the au pairs in our cluster had friends visit who frequented several hostels while traveling the United States East Coast. Not only did her friends stay at our home, but they left some uninvited Read More
May 1, 2014 May is Good Care Care Month. Many of the au pairs in our cluster are lucky to have access to a car in their free time. This is a privilege for an au pair NOT a right. It is important to let your host family know you appreciate allowing you to use Read More
April 21, 2014 Millions of people suffer from allergies every spring, including many children. In fact, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about 40 percent of children in the United States suffer from allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Hay fever is triggered by breathing in allergens, like pollen, commonly Read More