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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 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

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
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