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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.




Advice for Au Pairs | Catherine Mc Donald

Always take the Skype session seriously. Ask every question that you need answered. Don't  be afraid because if you ask a question that they don't like and then they say they don't want to match with you that's fine because then at least you were honest....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 7/28/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Be an Au Pair | Catherine Mc Donald

I would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to do it whether they don't know what they want to do with the rest of their lives, whether they just want to try the cultural exchange, whether they love kids. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 7/21/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Education in America as an Au Pair | Catherine Mc Donald

So definitely taking classes here has been a big turn because obviously the way you are taught and the way you are tested  is very different, so that was nice, so going into my education in the future I'll take things a lot more seriously because now this is the path that I want to be on. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 7/14/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Advice for working moms balancing vacations and work

Even though a kids schedule changes dramatically once school is out, a dads work schedule proceeds as usual. According to the Center for American Progress, "women now make up half of all workers in the United States, with nearly 4 in 10 homes having a mom that is also a working mother. So it seems as though women are working more than ever as well, which makes learning how to balance two work schedules during the summer break is even more complicated than ever. 
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Posted: 7/13/2017 8:00:36 AM by Summer Blackhurst

My Relationship with My Host Parents | Catherine Mc Donald

It was 'become a part of our family, enjoy your time here and make more friends and family as you go'. So it made everything so much easier. I think I got homesick a lot less because I felt like I had a home instead of just being in someone's home.
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Posted: 7/7/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Summer bucket list, and summer kid activities without screens

Every mom knows an unplanned summer is going to be a bust if you don’t pack it full of ideas and activities for the kiddies. If you don’t pour in kid summer activities, the summer break boredoms will pour out in the form of tantrums, sibling fights and days that never end. The count down for school to be back in session will start about three months too early....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 6/28/2017 8:00:04 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Summer survival tips for Au Pairs in the U.S.

Summer days aren’t just the end of school and backpacks and soccer practice. It can be the end to au pair’s sanity if they don’t play their cards right.  Full days without routines, without classmates and without homework can be tricky. Days on end without routines can be brutal without a plan of attack....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 6/27/2017 8:00:49 AM by Summer Blackhurst

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
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