Each month I hold an Au Pair Business Meeting for the au pairs in my cluster. This meeting is in addition to our monthly Discover America Social Activity.
The agenda for the Au Pair Business Meeting is distributed to the host family in advance of the meeting date to allow host families to add comments/concerns to be reviewed with the au pairs. Follow up meeting minutes are sent to au pairs and host family’s to keep everyone in our group in the loop on the happenings of the cluster.
To actively participate in the meetings au pair’s are required to confirm their attendance via out cluster Facebook page.
- Introduce Mr. Duck!
- Hello from Around the World!
- Welcome New Au Pairs
- Celebrate Birthdays
- Graduation Ceremony
- Distribution of Monthly Kids Calendar
- Insurance Review and paperwork minutes
- Reminder for Monthly Au Pair Webinar Training Classes
- Back to School Tips and How to Manage Homework
- Review next month Cluster Meetings
- Question/Answer Session
- One on One with Session Counselor
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year. Even though a few other countries also celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s still considered a uniquely American holiday, one that the au pairs look forward to experiencing. You can learn more about it here. “I really enjoyed Thanksgiving with my host family. It was as Read More
Almost everyone experiences culture shock when they come to a completely new environment. Everything is different: the language, the food, and the people. Here are my Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Homesickness 1. Make Friends – Don’t wait for other au pairs to reach out to you, reach out to them. There are other Read More
This video reminds us that HAPPY is defined the same around the world, we just need to take the time to notice! Enjoy! Read More
Here are 15 Grammar Tips from Brian Clark’s at Copyblogger. Great information to review! Read More
Click Here each week to travel to a new country with your host kids. Explore the culture and home of your fellow au pairs! This week our destination is the POLAND! Read More
From our friends at Positive Parenting Solutions: The best way to stop back talk in its tracks is to allow our kids the positive personal power they need. By fostering independence within our limits, we can help them grow up, as well as limit the back talk, arguing, whining that no one enjoys. Here’s how: Read More
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 great way to Read More
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 basic rules Read More
909 Our Friends from Eat Right Ontario have put together some great ideas on How To Build a Healthy Preschooler. Read More
The new school year has arrived- yippee!. 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 not have lap/shoulder belts, Read More
Almost everyone experiences homesickness and culture shock to some degree, when they come to live in a completely new environment. So much is different and it takes time to adjust. It is normal to miss your own family, at home. Try to remember that they support you and want you to make the most of Read More
Dehydration means that the body lacks the necessary amount of fluid. Infants and small children are more likely to become dehydrated than older children or adults, because they can lose relatively more fluid quickly. Here are some steps to take to make sure children remain hydrated in the summer months: Encourage your child to drink Read More
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 and your host Read More
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 Read More
“Rest and be thankful.” – William Wordsworth Holidays and vacations are a great opportunity to rest, recharge and explore the U.S. Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer travel season. Here are some reminders about program rules regarding holidays and vacations. Holidays Host families are not required to give au pairs any specific holidays. Each Read More