With summer ending, families with school-aged children are preparing for the start of the new school year. For many families, the morning is a stressful time of day, from waking sleepy little people who are not quite ready to leave their cozy beds, to cajoling them into eating a bite or two of breakfast, to gathering up scattered books and paper and cramming them into backpacks, to finally ushering everyone out the door. Somewhere along the way, parents also need to get themselves ready for work. According to one recent study, getting their children ready for school amounts to an entire extra day of work each week; no wonder parents are exhausted before the work day has even begun!
Simplify your school day morning routine by hosting an au pair!
Hosting an au pair with Au Pair in America (APIA) can be a lifesaver for parents during the school year! Having an extra set of hands helping with the children in the mornings and afternoons takes a lot of stress out of the daily routine. Here are just a few of the many tasks with which au pairs are able to assist parents on busy school days:
- Waking children up in the morning and helping them to get dressed, brush their teeth, maybe even run a brush through their hair! (And it’s not even picture day!)
- Preparing breakfast for the children and accompanying them while they eat.
- Preparing and packing up lunch (with any luck, one that won’t return home in the afternoon).
- Helping children to gather their books and homework from various corners of the house and pack their backpacks.
- Packing any necessary clothing/instruments/equipment for extracurricular activities.
- Dropping children off at school or walking them to the bus stop, and picking them up after school.
- Transporting children to any additional activities—music lessons, sports clubs, etc.
- Providing after-school child care and preparing snacks.
- Assisting children with homework or engaging them in activities.
With Au Pair in America, parents are able to create a customized schedule of child care assistance up to 10 hours per day and 45 hours per week – or up to 30 hours per week on the EduCare in America program, specially designed for families with full-time school-age children who require care primarily during the early morning and after school hours, with some weekend and evening hours.
Why start every school-day morning on a stressful note? Simplify your family’s routine by hosting an au pair!
Learn more about Au Pair in America today.