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About Cyndi Frick

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.
21 08, 2018

Like a Sister or Daughter: What it’s Like Bonding With My Au Pair

By |2019-05-02T21:51:58+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

I've been pleasantly surprised to see my relationship with my Au Pair develop into something very much like a sister or daughter. My sister and I have never been what most would consider “close”, and when we were young and were constantly bickering, people would say to us, “You just wait; when you get

21 08, 2018

When My Husband Travels for Work, My Au Pair Steps Up!

By |2019-05-02T21:51:30+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

One of the main reasons we decided that Au Pair childcare was the perfect solution for our family’s situation was my husband travels often for work, and leaves me with two very young children and an extremely frazzled state of mind. Knowing that there would be another adult and a potential additional set of

21 08, 2018

Considering Extending With Our Au Pair

By |2019-05-02T21:49:06+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

I think it’s fairly obvious by now my Au Pair is a very good match with our family. After about six months of hosting, I have been looking more closely into the details of extending. Initially, when the search for our very first Au Pair began, one of my major requirements was to find

21 08, 2018

Things I’ll Do Differently With My 2nd Au Pair

By |2019-12-11T10:12:55+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

It may be early in the process, but I already know which things I'll do differently with my 2nd Au Pair.I’m a big planner, and I am now in the midst of searching for my 2nd Au Pair who will be taking my current Au Pair’s place in September. Just as we all live and

21 08, 2018

Mirroring Each Other’s Habits

By |2019-05-02T21:46:57+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

Being fully immersed in your family’s culture for a year or more, an Au Pair is bound to find herself unknowingly mirroring the quirks and habits of certain family members. Conversely, Host Parents and children may also find themselves in the same situation, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In our house, I’ve noticed

21 08, 2018

Little Hiccups: Addressing Issues I Never Foresaw

By |2018-09-21T13:05:16+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

We've had little hiccups in our placement & I've found myself addressing issues I never foresaw before they happened. When I envisioned hosting an Au Pair, my mind focused on the major issues like: Will my children like her? Will she fit into to our family, or will it be awkward? How will she

21 08, 2018

The Importance of Au Pair Friendships

By |2018-09-19T12:51:55+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

Au Pair friendships are an often-overlooked factor in a placement. Sometimes, when we get caught up in our own lives and our own problems, we can tend to forget that our Au Pairs really need to have a life outside our homes. They need friends outside of the family dynamic. We as Host Parents

21 08, 2018

First Month of Hosting: Thoughts and Reflections

By |2018-09-21T13:06:13+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

During our first month of hosting, there have been ups and downs and learning through trial-by-fire. Here are my thoughts and reflections from the first month of being a first-time Host Mom: Tips & Tricks Sure, when you decide to host an Au Pair, you kind of dismiss some of the ugly annoyances that

21 08, 2018

The Importance of the Weekly Meeting

By |2018-09-21T13:05:41+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

So apparently, having a weekly meeting with your Au Pair is a thing. When I heard we as a Host Family were supposed to conduct a weekly (informal) meeting with our Au Pair, I thought to myself, “This must be meant for other families who don’t have a good relationship with their Au Pairs…

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