Foreign Exchange Programs: What Hosting is Really Like

By |2019-04-15T15:16:33+00:00April 1st, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Foreign exchange programs are increasingly popular as the demand for learning a foreign language rises. Living with a foreign exchange student (or an Au Pair) can be a great opportunity to help someone study abroad at an affordable price. Plus, you'll be giving your family a unique cultural exchange experience in the comfort of your

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

By |2019-04-10T12:24:55+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

Is Living with an Au Pair Right for You?

By |2019-04-10T12:01:33+00:00March 22nd, 2019|Interviewing Au Pairs|

To Host or Not to Host? Is Living with an Au Pair the Right Choice? The thought of living with an Au Pair is often jarring to families. It feels like a lot to consider. Whether hosting is really worth the time and effort. Whether you have enough room in your life to be a

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

2019 #LoveMyAuPair Contest Runner Up

By |2019-02-19T12:51:17+00:00February 19th, 2019|Host Families, LoveMyAuPair Contest|

My latest ah-ha moment of when Mariia has truly become part of our family was when my 6-year-old, Mariella, needed to go to the hospital after an injury in gymnastics class. Imagine the worst happening in the middle of gymnastics class and your child comes out bleeding from her chin with a deep cut. I

2019 #LoveMyAuPair Contest Runner Up

By |2019-02-19T16:20:06+00:00February 19th, 2019|LoveMyAuPair Contest|

In the fall of 2016, our 3rd child- Graham Michael Rosenthal was born. Graham was our 3rd boy. I could not believe he was our third boy. Graham’s older brothers, Drew (4 years at the time) and Bennett (2 years at the time), were already the most active, busy, demanding, crazy fun boys. Adding another

2019 #LoveMyAuPair Contest Winner

By |2019-02-19T12:52:05+00:00February 13th, 2019|LoveMyAuPair Contest|

We’ve had our au pair, Jolin, for over one year now and we honestly cannot imagine life without her. Her impact on our daughters Chloe (3 years) and Catie (21 months) has been immeasurable. Jolin’s kindness, compassion, and unwavering patience have been evident from day one in our household. It’s hard to put a finger

40 Ways Au Pairs Rely on Their Host Parents

By |2019-03-05T16:23:16+00:00December 10th, 2018|Best Practices|

Au Pairs rely on their Host Parents in many ways. Though the Host Parent-Au Pair relationship can often mimic an employee-employer relationship, Host Parents often find themselves supporting their Au Pairs in ways that mirror the support parents give to their teenage or adult children. Au Pairs are adults, and they don't need to be

Jenni Au Pair Sis Became a Host Mom!

By |2018-11-29T22:05:18+00:00November 29th, 2018|Host Families|

This past Thanksgiving week, the Au Pair Sis became a Host Mom. That's right. I'm Jenni, the Au Pair Sis, and I just matched with my first Au Pair! It's an amazing feeling. This last week has been a whirlwind. I didn't expect things to go so quickly! Through my role as the Au Pair

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