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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.
20 08, 2018

Au Pair Driving in the USA: Putting Your Life in Your Au Pair’s Hands

By |2019-05-02T21:45:17+00:00August 20th, 2018|Best Practices|

Au Pair driving is a scary topic for me, but after much deliberation, we have decided to have our Au Pair start driving.

The thought of letting any teenager drive my brand new vehicle (even though it is an uncool minivan) is frightening, but when you add into

20 08, 2018

For the First Time in Forever: Meeting My Au Pair

By |2018-09-23T21:03:07+00:00August 20th, 2018|Best Practices|

I didn’t expect to be exhausted before meeting my Au Pair.

It’s ironic the amount of work that goes into preparing to host someone who’s supposed to help ease your workload. Like most women, I wanted my home to make a good first impression on my Au Pair. That meant a very long, stress-filled day of

19 08, 2018

Prepare Your Children for Your Au Pair’s Arrival

By |2020-01-06T11:35:56+00:00August 19th, 2018|Best Practices|

If you take the time to prepare your children for your Au Pair before her arrival, it can help ease the transition to a first-time Au Pair. (Or in our case, from nanny to Au Pair).

Whether changes are good or bad, the fact of the matter is that change in life is inevitable. I, for

19 08, 2018

The Adjustment Period: First 3 Weeks of Hosting

By |2019-05-02T21:43:01+00:00August 19th, 2018|Best Practices|

Every placement has an adjustment period. All Host Families and Au Pairs are different (kind of like how everyone tells you that every child and every pregnancy is different). And when you take into consideration how much cultural variance we have, just within the United States, it’s impossible to predict the exact experience you will

18 08, 2018

Set Expectations- How to be Clear & Consistent

By |2018-09-19T12:16:43+00:00August 18th, 2018|Best Practices|

It’s important to set expectations with your Au Pair right away. If you’re stumped on how to go about this, maybe my experience can help shed some light on how to take those first steps.

I’m a bit of an over-planner, a list-making psycho. I’m what you would call a Type A+ (if there was such

18 08, 2018

How To Build Rapport with Your Au Pair

By |2018-09-19T12:18:39+00:00August 18th, 2018|Best Practices|

At first, it can seem daunting to build rapport with someone you’ve never met before.

(Ha!  I’m a poet, and I don’t know it. I’m strange, but that’s why you read my blogs, right?!).

Because I have several months between matching with my Au Pair (in May) and when she arrives in late September, I have a lot

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