Monthly Archives: January 2014

Au Pairs Receive Instruction on Self-Defense

DSC_1011Billy and Nancy Greer, owners of the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, hosted an amazing two hour self-defense class for our Annapolis au pairs this past weekend.

Their one-on-one training included a personal protection plan, demonstrations, and an opportunity to practice some simple and effective techniques for escaping an aggressor. These techniques provided tools that were easy to remember and gave the girls greater confidence in being able to protect themselves and the children entrusted to their care.

In addition to adult instruction at all levels, Bill and Nancy offer many wonderful children’s programs.  Their Preschool Pandas Program, a fitness program that focuses on coordination and flexibility, is open to children from ages 2 to 5 and is free! DSC_1021DSC_1009

This would be a wonderful opportunity for an au pair and their child to participate in a fun activity together while meeting new friends.

CSC_1024For more information on other programs that are available, visit their website at or send email to:

Martin Luther King Jr Day Honored Today


This federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday in January. In 2014, the holiday falls on Jan. 20.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

– Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream Quote

Here are some links about the history of this holiday including a biography of Dr. King, a quiz for kids and a junior crossword.  Maybe you can do something special with the kids to acknowledge the day.

To read the full I Have a dream Speech go to: