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13 06, 2019

35 Things That Stress Moms Out (and How To Solve Them)

By |2019-05-24T04:09:50+00:00June 13th, 2019|Best Practices, Host Families|

There's no shortage of things that stress moms out. Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, stress management may be something that's been on your mind lately. Juggling the responsibilities of parenthood, work, managing a household, and generally just being an adult can be exhausting. We all know prolonged periods of stress

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

4 06, 2019

Can I Find an Au Pair Without an Agency?

By |2019-06-04T17:09:31+00:00June 4th, 2019|Host Families|

If you've looked into hosting an Au Pair, you may have asked Google, "Can I find an Au Pair without an agency?" The short answer is both yes and no. It's Difficult to Find an Au Pair Without an Agency. Only Designated Au Pair Agencies Can Sponsor a J-1 Visa for Au Pairs. According to

23 05, 2019

5 Things to Ask During Your First Au Pair Interview

By |2019-05-30T12:47:11+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

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

20 03, 2019

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

By |2019-06-14T12:29:01+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

19 02, 2019

2019 #LoveMyAuPair Contest Runner Up

By |2019-05-02T22:05:56+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

19 02, 2019

2019 #LoveMyAuPair Contest Runner Up

By |2019-05-02T22:03:36+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

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