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Training Au Pairs for your Children

I’ve always wondered: do I raise my kids or do my kids raise me? Before my first baby was born I read dozens of books on how to raise children and ways to discipline. But when the time finally came- I really only adopted a few of the ideas I read and got rid of the rest of the philosophies. You learn really quickly, that not every kid fits every childcare solution taught.
Your Au Pair needs to know how to best react and adapt to each of your children’s unique personalities, so be sure to spend the first few days and helping them adopt the philosophies you’ve built over. I have heard of a Host Family having their Au Pair read a book that matched their parenting philosophies before she arrived. This is one of many ways to pass the information from one caregiver to another. Another really good practice I have heard is modeling. Spend time with your Au Pair, especially those first few days to model the discipline you would like to see with your children. It is a great way to spend the “Au Pair training period.”
Raising children is hard enough without having to fight differences of opinions in the home. Teaching Au Pairs to adapt to the needs of your children will make the home a happier place.   

Posted: 11/13/2013 2:35:00 PM by Summer Blackhurst
Julie Miner
Such a wonderful and relevant topic! I have expanded on your blog and added a few more tips to help aid in a successful adjustment for au pairs, kids and families alike.
11/25/2013 10:08:33 AM
Joan Lowell
This is so important! I totally suggest the modeling method, where the Host Parents actually walk and talk the Au Pair through several real parenting "sessions." This not only helps both parents the opportunity to suggest ways to respond to the kids, it allows the kids to see and hear the expectations one more time. Even the youngest of children can understand the arrangement and attempt to manipulate the adults to get his or her way, but modeling, open communication, creativity and a sense of humor helps raise the happy and healthy kids we all want!
11/14/2013 8:13:10 AM
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