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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 Honoré, 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.

 


 



 



2017 Au Pair in Excellence Nomination’s prove cultural exchange bridges divides

After hearing stories from more than 200 Host Families I am becoming more and more convinced that the best way to bring together a divided country is cultural exchange. Respect and differences don’t seem to go together right now. I believe it is something about the divisive nature of the Internet where people can hide behind their keyboards to spout unpleasant opinions.
 
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Posted: 3/20/2017 8:05:12 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Why You Should Be an Au Pair | Margarita Medina

You meet people. You know, in the US, you can find people from everywhere. So, it opens your mind to new things. New experience. When you can talk with people from different countries you can understand how it works in…...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 3/18/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Babysitting is Different from Being an Au Pair

Having a love for travel and a love for children is important when choosing to participate in the Au Pair program. This may seem like the perfect cultural exchange option for you, but you must know the major differences between the Au Pair lifestyle and your regular babysitting gig. Au Pair Kate Gaskin from South Africa shares the differences that she has found between babysitting and being an Au Pair.
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Posted: 2/24/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Why it's Important to Speak with Your LAR

As an Au Pair with Go Au Pair, you have a large support team to help you during your journey. Locally, you have the support of your LAR (Local Area Representative). This person will be there to guide you, assist you and offer support to both you and your Host Family. It is important to speak to your LAR and reach out to her  when you need her guidance. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 2/17/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

What to Expect During Rematch

Going through a rematch with your Host Family can be stressful if you don't know what to expect. Au Pair Kate Gaskin from South Africa shares what she wants other Au Pairs to know about the rematch process. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 2/10/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

A Reminder that We Love Our Au Pairs and They Are Safe Here

The question has come up in the past month - how are the au pairs feeling about the political controversy in the country?
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Posted: 2/7/2017 8:23:15 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Fun for Host Kids!

Looking for a fun way to keep the kids busy? We have some great options to choose from on our Pinterest boards. There is something for every age and interest. In addition, we played some games and did some crafts that are fun for kids at a few of our New York Workshops so that the Au Pairs arrived armed with an activity and we videoed the fun! ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 2/3/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Frequently Asked Cultural Questions

Learning about the American culture is one of the main reasons that an Au Pair chooses to enter into the program. There might be many questions an Au Pair has throughout their journey. There is a large support team that can help answer these questions and a lot will be learned through experience. While we can’t anticipate all of your questions, here are some answers to frequently asked cultural questions.  
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Posted: 1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis
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