5 Things to Ask During Your First Au Pair Interview

By |2019-05-20T17:38:38+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Host Families, Interviewing Au Pairs|

Now that you've thought through your household's needs and expectations, you may be wondering which things to ask about during your first Au Pair interview. Living with one person is complex enough. Add in an entire family, cultural differences, and the fact that your Au Pair will also be caring for your children, and it

Toddler Bedtime Routine Strategies for Frustrated Parents

By |2019-05-20T17:40:19+00:00May 20th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Implementing an effective toddler bedtime routine is easier said than done. And if you're like me, the real question isn't how to create a routine, but how to get your child (and you) to stick to one. Have you ever found yourself yelling, "Get back in bed!" and making threats at midnight? If your

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

By |2019-05-17T16:21:44+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 making

Toddler Hitting, Biting, & Acting Out? Here’s Why.

By |2019-05-09T22:36:24+00:00April 29th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Is your toddler hitting, biting, or showing aggressive behaviors? If your child acts out on a regular basis, you may wonder why, or what you can do to prevent it. Hitting, biting, kicking, pushing, screaming at other kids, and snatching toys are common behaviors among toddlers. However, most parents agree that these behaviors are unacceptable

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

Foreign Exchange Programs: What Hosting is Really Like

By |2019-05-01T09:22:29+00:00April 1st, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Foreign exchange programs are increasingly popular. After all, the demand for learning a foreign language is on the rise. Living with a foreign exchange student like an Au Pair, is a great way to help someone study abroad at an affordable price. Plus, you'll give your family a unique cultural exchange experience in the comfort

Cost of Having a Second Child (& How to Save Money!)

By |2019-04-30T16:22:25+00:00March 22nd, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Is having a second child more expensive?  The cost of having a second child is a concern for many parents. If you're already a parent, you'll hardly be surprised to learn that families spend an estimated $233,610 on child-related expenses, which breaks down to about $12,978 a year, or roughly $1,082 per month. Though the

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

Au Pair Stories: Oh, the Crazy Things Kids Do!

By |2019-03-20T13:43:11+00:00March 20th, 2019|Au Pairs, Best Practices|

Of all the Au Pair stories I've heard, this has to be one of the funniest (but maybe that's just because it happened to me). When I received Adriana's text, I felt like I was watching one of those videos you see on social media, where the mom is taking a video in disbelief, just

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