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About Joan Lowell

Joan is a mother of six and is a writer and Local Area Representative in Providence, RI for Go Au Pair. She earned her BS in Elementary & Special Education from RI College and her MEd from Providence College. She helps lead other LARs in writing content and growing their clusters.
21 06, 2019

How to Limit Screen Time, Keep Your Sanity, and Have Fun!

By |2019-06-20T16:41:16+00:00June 21st, 2019|Childcare Advice|

It's no secret that some of us scratch our heads over how to limit screen time. It shouldn't be so difficult. Just turn off the TV, right? But if your kids are anything like mine, it seems like that's all they want to do! Even my granddaughter, who is only one, grabs for a phone

10 06, 2019

How to Find an Au Pair You & Your Kids Will Love

By |2019-06-19T12:55:04+00:00June 10th, 2019|Interviewing Au Pairs|

If you're considering Au Pair childcare, you may be wondering how to find an Au Pair you'll love. Many American families find the benefits of hosting an Au Pair meet their childcare needs. Particularly attractive are the affordability and flexibility of scheduling, not to mention the cultural benefits. That sounds great, but how does it work? A

6 06, 2019

How to Bond with Children in Your Care

By |2019-05-24T04:10:48+00:00June 6th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

If you're an Au Pair, you may be wondering how to bond with children in your care. Or, if you're a Host Parent, maybe you're wondering how to set your Au Pair up for a successful bonding experience right from the start. How to Bond with Children in Your Care 10 Effective Strategies to

30 05, 2019

Constructive Criticism for Kids: How to Help Kids Grow

By |2019-05-30T12:45:06+00:00May 30th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Constructive criticism for kids, or anyone, is most effective with love and care. Think of it as compassionate critique. Nobody likes criticism, probably because it is an "expression of disapproval" and is "based on perceived mistakes or faults," according to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary. But kids learn by making mistakes (adults, too, honestly). Pure criticism only

17 05, 2019

Can Au Pairs Drive? (More importantly, are they safe?)

By |2019-05-30T12:48:19+00:00May 17th, 2019|Best Practices|

Today a mom asked me, "Can Au Pairs drive the kids around?" If you have children who need you to drive them here, there, and everywhere, you might also wonder whether an Au Pair can help you with driving. Well, good news! Yes, Au Pairs can drive. Parents are busy and our kids are

23 04, 2019

Au Pair Duties- What’s Allowed & What Isn’t

By |2019-05-14T12:13:52+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Best Practices, Host Families, Interviewing Au Pairs|

How can an Au Pair's responsibilities help my family? Specific Au Pair duties vary between Host Families, but can include a huge range of direct childcare and childcare-related duties and tasks. If you have kids, you could probably use some help with childcare tasks. When it comes to Au Pair duties, the true value of

22 03, 2019

10 Toddler Activities that Engage & Educate

By |2019-03-22T14:41:02+00:00March 22nd, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Toddler activities can range from the simple to the utterly frustrating. Particularly when you're trying to engage, educate, and avoid screen time, it can become difficult to stay creative. Don’t worry, though. Here are some toddler activities to engage and educate your little one, while having fun and bonding, too! Pro Tip: Hosting an Au Pair