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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 Host Family / Au Pair Relationships, childcare, parenting and cultural exchange.

Host Mom Helper - Cyndi M. Frick

Cyndi M. Frick, Cyndi Frick - Host Mom & Guest Contributorauthor of The Most Unlikely Mother Unfiltered: An Overshare of Embarrassing Truths About Motherhood, is a freelance graphic designer with her own company called FrickNGraphix, Inc. and is a mother of two amazing little boys. 

Cyndi never planned on having children, but then her heart changed. Follow along with this Host Mom on her Au Pair journey, catch her truth-filled, sarcastic blogging at, and read her book on



To Gap or to Overlap: Which choice is best for you when transitioning from former to new Au Pair?

After having a great experience with hosting thorough our first year, we decided to host again; however, the new territory of transitioning from former to new Au Pair will be upon us in less than a month, and transitioning can be done in only one of two ways: overlap or gap.  Never having done this kind of transition before, I wondered, “Which way is best way?  Which way is the easiest?  What do most families do?”  
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Posted: 8/31/2015 1:12:51 PM by Cyndi Frick

Au Pairs Can Be a Major Benefit When It Comes to Back-to-School Time!

Even though many parents look forward to autumn and the promise of sanity and a quiet house (ahh, the little things), back-to-school time can be stressful for parents when they think about all of the changes in schedules that they will have to manage.  Au Pairs, in general, are supposed to “make our lives easier”, and having live-in help when it comes to bring the children back to school definitely can make your life easier....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 8/24/2015 9:09:35 AM by Cyndi Frick

Social Media and Its Effect on Au Pairs’ Attitudes

When it comes to hosting an Au Pair, social media can be used for good… and for evil.  While many Au Pairs will use social media easily and effectively to communicate with loved ones back home, that same resource may also contribute to comparing their (or a Host Family’s) situation to that of others in the same social circles....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 8/17/2015 11:00:00 AM by Cyndi Frick

Steer Clear of Assumptions when Selecting Your Au Pair

Each and every one of us has assumed that the early bird does, in fact, get the worm.  However, assuming that this manner of thinking applies 100% to selecting an Au Pair can be the wrong approach.  Yes, I realize that when you’re new to selecting an Au Pair, you don’t know what you don’t know, so I’m going to try to give you a few things to think about when selecting your first, your next, or even your 10th, Au Pair....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 8/10/2015 8:46:47 AM by Cyndi Frick

An Unexpected Hosting Benefit: A New Perspective, and a New Way of Doing Things

Being able to get another perspective on any situation is always beneficial in my book, and when it comes to parenting, sometimes having someone around who sees things differently can be valuable in ways you couldn’t have realized.  ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 8/3/2015 2:18:59 PM by Cyndi Frick

Au Pairs and Smartphones, Good or Bad?

All Host Families need a way to communicate effectively with their Au Pairs, and in this day and age, the smartphone is generally the main form of long-distance communication.  However, as with most technologies, the idiom “everything in moderation” needs to apply to cell phone usage when combined with childcare.  ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 7/29/2015 2:38:16 PM by Cyndi Frick

How I’m Preparing for My Second Au Pair

After my Au Pair’s year is up in mid-September, and I welcome my second Au Pair (but my first with Go Au Pair), I will make the transition from being a “First Time Host Mom” to a “Veteran Host Mom.”  Graduating into the veteran realm is a huge milestone because that means I have successfully navigated my way through a very exciting but challenging year of trial-by-fire hosting… and that’s no easy feat (hey GAP – where’s my certificate, my ceremony, my polyester robe with permanent fold lines?)...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 7/24/2015 8:00:44 AM by Cyndi Frick

Navigating the Gray Areas: Restaurant Etiquette

As a first time Host Family, you don’t really even think about the little things that may or may not become larger issues when you welcome your first Au Pair into your life.  Even Host Families on their second or third Au Pair can potentially encounter new issues with an Au Pair that they may never have encountered in their past hosting experiences (because everyone is different – blah, blah, blah).  Coming up with a plan up front to navigate some of the gray areas of hosting, like what rules or expectations to set forth when inviting your Au Pair out to dinner with the family, will help you avoid conflict down the road....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 7/23/2015 8:00:43 AM by Cyndi Frick
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