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10 12, 2018

40 Ways Au Pairs Rely on Their Host Parents

By |2018-12-10T13:50:49+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

29 11, 2018

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

28 11, 2018

5 Big Reasons Why Au Pairs Need to Attend Cultural Events

By |2018-12-04T18:25:00+00:00November 28th, 2018|Au Pairs, Host Families|

You may have heard your Local Area Representative (LAR) speak about why Au Pairs need to attend cultural events. The importance of these events can't be understated. Sometimes, it may seem like an inconvenience. (And Au Pairs sometimes have other things they'd rather be doing!) It's important to recognize that not only are cultural

26 11, 2018

Vegas Family Makes Exchange Student’s Dream Come True

By |2018-11-28T13:37:23+00:00November 26th, 2018|Best Practices, LoveMyHostFamily Contest|

Host Parents Jake & Rachel made one exchange student's dream come true by asking her to be their Au Pair. But for Adriana, it meant more than just fulfilling her dream of becoming an Au Pair-- in this unique situation, she was able to Au Pair for two of her best friends. Jake & Rachel

31 10, 2018

How to Write the Best Live-In Nanny Interview Questions

By |2018-10-31T10:33:51+00:00October 31st, 2018|Interviewing Au Pairs|

Families frequently ask how to come up with the best live-in nanny interview questions, and for good reason. It's an important step in hiring a live-in nanny (or Au Pair), whether it's your first live-in arrangement or not. That's because, if you can create a list of the best live-in nanny interview questions, you are one step

26 09, 2018

How Jennifer Communicates Effectively with Her Au Pair

By |2018-10-03T14:19:58+00:00September 26th, 2018|Host Families|

Topic: Communicate Effectively, Set Expectations, & Ensure Success with Your Au Pair In this interview, Host Mom Jennifer shares how she communicates effectively with her Au Pair, Danel. Jennifer has some great insights into how to set clear expectations and maintain consistent communication. (Danel nominated her Host Family for the 2018 #LoveMyHostFamily Contest and

21 08, 2018

Like a Sister or Daughter: What it’s Like Bonding With My Au Pair

By |2018-09-23T19:24:06+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

I've been pleasantly surprised to see my relationship with my Au Pair develop into something very much like a sister or daughter. My sister and I have never been what most would consider “close”, and when we were young and were constantly bickering, people would say to us, “You just wait; when you get

21 08, 2018

When My Husband Travels for Work, My Au Pair Steps Up!

By |2018-09-23T20:12:20+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

One of the main reasons we decided that Au Pair childcare was the perfect solution for our family’s situation was my husband travels often for work, and leaves me with two very young children and an extremely frazzled state of mind. Knowing that there would be another adult and a potential additional set of

21 08, 2018

Considering Extending With Our Au Pair

By |2018-09-23T20:12:38+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

I think it’s fairly obvious by now my Au Pair is a very good match with our family. After about six months of hosting, I have been looking more closely into the details of extending. Initially, when the search for our very first Au Pair began, one of my major requirements was to find

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