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About the Authors:

Summer Blackhurst - Au Pair ExpertAu Pair Researcher - Summer Blackhurst

Summer Blackhurst is a mother of a six-year-old boy, four-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. When she isn’t raising kids, she is writing. She’s been a journalist, and is currently a blogger and a parenting/childcare expert. To date she has interviewed close to 200 parents and au pairs about their childcare experience.

She specializes in family and Au Pair Relationships, childcare, parenting and cultural exchange.

Host Mom Helper - Cyndi M. Frick   

Cyndi Frick - Host Mom & Guest Contributor

Cyndi M. Frick, COO at Paris HonorĂ©, is a very busy mother of two amazing little boys.  If not for the flexible help that her Au Pairs afford her, she would not be able to successfully run multiple businesses at a time.  Follow along with this real-life Host Mom on through the ups and downs of her Au Pair journey.




My Relationship with My Host Kids | Catherine Mc Donald

I felt like they were kind of the younger sisters I always wanted cause I was always the younger sister and I never had anyone to look after. We’ve all gotten along very well. They called me their sister....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 6/16/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

My Relationship with My Host Kids | Carla Cross

It wasn’t just a set relationship. Like, I wasn’t just their Au Pair or I wasn’t just their older sister. It was like a mixture of everything. There were times when I felt like they were my little sisters. Then there were other times when I felt like I was literally their Au Pair. Then there were times where I felt as if, like you know like these kids were like my own. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 6/2/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Setting expectations for Au Pairs moving to big cities or small towns

Au pairs interview with families from all over the country before they place, and some au pairs believe they will only be happy in certain locations, like the better known cites in the U.S. But interviewing for location instead of for the right family could be a disaster for the au pair. 
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Posted: 6/1/2017 8:52:55 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Nanny, daycare or au pair childcare options come down to space, cost, and flexibility

When it is time for mom to go back to work, choosing the right childcare option isn’t always clear-cut. The options are often a nanny, daycare or au pair, and there are pros and cons to all of these options. Parents considering daycares, nanny agencies or au pair companies will have their fair share of research cut out for them.
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Posted: 6/1/2017 8:00:16 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Interviewing tips for picking the best au pair

Families switching from daycare to an au pair will need to hone in on their interviewing skills. Picking the right au pair for your family is so much different than picking a daycare.  
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Posted: 6/1/2017 8:00:09 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Why Be an Au Pair | Carla Cross

Now that I’m back home, I see how much I’ve grown. How independent I am. And it just teaches you a lot. Like, you see how the American kids grown up and you see how you, one day when you do have your own kids, how you would want to bring up your kids. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 5/26/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

10 Tips to Finding the Best Nanny for Your Baby

The hardest thing a mom has to do is go back to work and leave their newborn home after maternity leave. There is also nothing more empowering than a good nanny and there is nothing more disappointing than a bad nanny.  
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Posted: 5/16/2017 8:29:31 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Why You Should Be an Au Pair | Vivian Garcia

The experience that Viviana has received from the Au Pair program will benefit her career in International Business and has changed her on a personal level as well.What her video! ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 5/5/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis
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