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Summer Blackhurst - Au Pair ExpertAu Pair Researcher - Summer Blackhurst

Summer Blackhurst is the Press Coordinator and Au Pair Researcher for Go Au Pair. Summer has extensive experience in working with the Host Families and Au Pairs and has interviewed more than one hundred families and Au Pairs to find out what really matters.

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.

 


 



 



The Au Pair and Host Family Bond

When a Host Family chooses to welcome an Au Pair into their home, they are inviting that Au Pair to “join their team”. Together, they play roles in the lives of the children and they form a lasting bond. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 8/19/2016 8:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Why location is not essential when matching with a Host Family.

When searching for a Host Family, it is not uncommon for an Au Pair to consider what it would be like to live in a place that they might have seen in the movies. Living in a state that might not get much recognition from Hollywood may seem scary as an Au Pair won’t know what to expect. These six Au Pairs realized that it was more important to match with a family and not a state...
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Posted: 8/12/2016 8:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

9 ways of Keeping up with Back to School schedules

There are not enough hours in the day. Especially for moms trying to balance a career, children and keep a clean house. A few weeks into the school year they often find themselves drowning in laundry and ice cream. Starting with a plan helps moms to get on top of the very busy school year. The following are eight ideas on how working moms can get on top of the school year this year....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 8/4/2016 8:00:13 AM by Summer Blackhurst

A Must-Have During Your Au Pair Interview

When choosing to match with an Au Pair or Host Family, these Au Pairs have found that the most important thing to look for is “the click”. The connection that you feel when you are speaking with someone that you can easily relate to and the conversation flows. These four Au Pairs found that click with their Host Families and share what it was like during the interview process. 
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Posted: 7/29/2016 8:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

What does an Au Pair do all day? 7 Au Pairs share their day-in-the-life

Ever wonder what an Au Pair does all day? This is such a varied and personal answer as the Au Pair schedule is completely based on the needs of the Host Family. Some Au Pairs work nights, weekends and early mornings. Some Au Pairs have split-day schedules. The Au Pairs schedule is typically agreed upon during the Mutual Matching process as to set the expectations during the Au Pair placement. Since no two families have the same needs, we asked 7 Au Pairs from different families to give us an example of a typical day-in-the-life of an Au Pair and here is what we uncovered. 
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Posted: 7/18/2016 8:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Five differences to consider when choosing an Au Pair agency

Along with choosing au pair childcare for your family, you have to hone in on an agencies. There are around 16 agencies in the United State. You can get a list of them on the U.S. Department website. Great places for feedback on Au Pair agencies are Au Pair Clearing House and Au Pair Mom. At the Clearing House they survey hundreds of host parents on their experiences in the different agencies. Au Pair Mom is also a great resource for on ongoing conversation straight from current Host Parents. They provide advice from the moms and dads on how to live successfully with an Au Pair, and also agency comparisons....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 7/13/2016 10:12:30 AM by Summer Blackhurst

The eye-opening reason Au Pairs recommend this form of child care for your family

There are so many reasons that the Au Pair program is the best option for your family, but would the Au Pairs themselves recommend the program? The short answer is YES! Au Pairs know what a big role they play in the lives of their Host Family. They know that they have a key role in making their day-to-day lives run smoothly and they take that responsibility seriously. They cherish the bond that they form with children and appreciate the opportunity to become a member of an American family. 
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Posted: 7/11/2016 8:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

4 Concerns You Have About Live-in Child Care and Why You Shouldn’t Sweat It

You may not know all of the benefits of live-in child care, but if your internal conversation begins and ends with these 4 concerns, you are not alone. Here are the 4 concerns that Host Families expressed prior to hosting an Au Pair and why they shouldn’t be a concern to you.
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Posted: 7/1/2016 8:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis
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