Monthly Archives: May 2014

Encourage your child today!

Van Goethe Quote“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”
– Johan Wolfgang van Goethe

Our kids are experiencing new things every day and making new mistakes every day. But while this is happening, they are growing and maturing right before our eyes. We can help this growth not just with our instruction, but with our encouragement as well. Our encouragement often means more, and is more effective, than the instruction we give. Remember to recognize and encourage your kids’ growth. Here are 5 ways you can do this.

1. Let them make decisions.

Look for opportunities to allow your kids to make a mistake and find a solution to the problem. When they do, tell them what you saw and why it made you proud.

2. Catch your kids doing something good.

Be attentive and catch your kids doing something good. When you see your kids being nice to their siblings, or doing something good that wasn’t required of them, bring it to their attention and do something unexpectedly good for them.

3. Notice hard work.

Notice when your kids work really hard to accomplish something. When you notice your kids giving the extra effort, tell them what that means to you and how it will help them become successful in life. Share examples of how hard work pays off.

4. Allow them to choose their own path.

Give them opportunities to make a decision you would normally make for them, like what to wear or how to spend money. Even if their decision is different than what you would have made, encourage them for being bold enough to make a decision and for being willing to live with the consequences of that decision.

5. Acknowledge their growth.

Watch their attitude and how they no longer get frustrated with certain things. When you catch them not getting as frustrated at the math problem they are struggling with, point it out and make a big deal out of it. Give them a pat on the back and say something really encouraging.

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Making safe driving decisions

Make sure you have a clear understanding of the car use rules with your host family, if not talk to them about it

· Ask permission if you need the car to go somewhere other than where you would normally go

· Do not take the car to areas that may not be considered safe, especially in and around cities, ask your host family if you are not sure

· Be careful at night, park in well lit safe places, avoid empty looking car parks and indoor garages

· Do not use your phone or any electronic devices while driving

· Let your host family and I know immediately if you get into an accident so they can help you

Au Pairs – get creative and represent your country flag!!

Global Awareness



June 14 is Flag Day!

Create your version of your country’s flag.

You can use any materials you like to represent your flag.

To see previous entries, look here!


You can submit a flag by yourself or with friends.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states then others followed. It is now celebrated on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays).

Americans honor those who have lost their lives for their country by visiting cemeteries, placing flags and flowers on graves, flying the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon and attending parades. Children can be a part of Memorial Day too.  Here are some links to children’s activities:

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”  ~Maya Angelou

Piney Orchard Street Festival a huge Success!

The Piney Orchard Street Festival in Odenton, Maryland on May 17th was a huge success!  The weather was picture perfect, the sun was out and the breeze was blowing.  There was a tremendous amount of great food, good drink, a large moon bounce for the children and three live bands to keep everyone happy and entertained!  My au pairs did an amazing job tirelessly painting the faces of little children for six hours straight.  They all told me they had a wonderful time and that it was a true experience.  Hopefully you will join us next year!  DSC_0450 (800x593)DSC_0421 DSC_0431DSC_0434DSC_0443DSC_0437DSC_0442DSC_0446DSC_0433DSC_0440DSC_0441 (800x480)

Piney Orchard Street Festival May 17th from 11 am until 7pm


Come out and join the fun at the 5th Annual Street Festival at Piney Orchard on May 17, 2014 from 11 am to 7pm located at 2400 Stream Valley Drive, Odenton, MD 21113.  There will be lots of food, activities for kids, face painting, children’s entertainment, about 90 local business vendors and outdoor entertainment.  This event is open to the public and is FREE.   Stop by at the Au Pair in America table, the leading provider for intercultural live-in child care in the US, to find out about hosting an au pair in your home!   Affordable and flexible, live-in childcare averaging $361/wk regardless of the number of children.  Au Pairs not only care for children but can do other child-related laundry, meal prep, cleaning!

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Au Pairs will be on hand to answer any questions you may have! Here are some photos from the au pairs at last years event.  It was so much fun!  Enter your name in our raffle basket for the chance to win a $1,200 coupon towards hosting your first au pair!  Last year over 8,000 people came to this event!  So mark your calendars now and come on out to join in on a fun day for the entire family!

Health Insurance app now available


Cultural Insurance Services International now has a mobile app for the iPhone and Android. The app provides instant access to your CISI insurance coverage information wherever you are. It includes an onscreen display of your CISI insurance ID card, ability to view your travel insurance documents and locate medical providers. If you have not yet downloaded the app, take some time to you never know when you will need this important information at your fingertips!