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19 09, 2019

Why Volunteering is Important to Americans (and Au Pairs!)

By |2019-08-29T13:25:24+00:00September 19th, 2019|Au Pairs, Best Practices|

Many people wonder why volunteering is important- to Americans, or just in general. Your Local Area Representative (LAR) might even schedule volunteering as a cultural event. In fact, volunteering is such an integrated part of American culture, many Au Pairs name volunteer work as an important aspect of their year, because it offers insight into

6 09, 2019

Conflict Resolution Techniques for Host Families and Au Pairs

By |2019-08-20T12:58:19+00:00September 6th, 2019|Best Practices|

Conflict resolution techniques are vital in a placement. Even if your placement is going well, conflict is a natural part of life and human relationships. When viewed this way, conflict in any living arrangement seems inevitable. That can sound scary and is often the reason many families choose not to host an Au Pair. Living

5 09, 2019

Child Safety at Home: What Parents & Au Pairs Need to Know

By |2019-08-20T12:26:06+00:00September 5th, 2019|Best Practices|

When people think of child safety at home, they often think of baby-proofing their home. But I'm here to tell you there's no such thing as kid-proof, or even toddler-proof. So how can parents keep their home safe for kids? Well, you could always just buy an inflatable human hamster ball and keep your kids

2 09, 2019

4-Year Old Thanks Mom for Getting an Au Pair

By |2019-07-02T16:34:29+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Best Practices|

Emily, the mother of two little girls, had been struggling to find decent childcare. She was wary about hosting an Au Pair but knew their family needed more consistency. From Host Mom Emily: Our Au Pair, Theresa, has made a major impact on our family. My ‘ah-ha’ moment came during a quiet car ride after

26 07, 2019

New Dad Terrified of Leaving Baby at Daycare… Until THIS Happened

By |2019-07-02T16:33:23+00:00July 26th, 2019|Best Practices|

Mike is a new dad who was terrified of leaving his baby at daycare for the first time. Regardless, he needed reliable childcare so he could support his adorable baby girl, Ruby, without worrying about her. Mike and his wife, Susie, agreed that the Au Pair program seemed like the best solution. But he

18 07, 2019

Cultivating the Right Frame of Mind About Hosting an Au Pair

By |2019-06-26T11:22:43+00:00July 18th, 2019|Best Practices|

Having the right frame of mind about hosting an Au Pair can simplify your efforts to cultivate a successful year with your Au Pair. In this video interview, Tom, a Host Dad with proven success in the program, shares his thoughts about having the right frame of mind. What Frame of Mind Should Host Families

11 07, 2019

How to Have a Successful Year with Your Au Pair

By |2019-06-25T16:23:18+00:00July 11th, 2019|Best Practices|

In this video interview with the Au Pair Sis, Host Dad Tom shares his thoughts on how to set yourself up for a successful year with your Au Pair. Tom & his Au Pair, Jolin, have had a very successful year. So successful, in fact, Tom nominated Jolin as the #1 Au Pair in the

5 07, 2019

Find the Right Au Pair for Your Family

By |2019-06-25T16:02:48+00:00July 5th, 2019|Interviewing Au Pairs|

Host Dad Tom shares his insights on how to find the right Au Pair for your family. Tom is the Host Dad to Jolin, 2019 #LoveMyAuPair Winner. Watch the video to listen to Tom's thoughts on interview best practices. He brings up many important insights to consider when interviewing Au Pairs. With any Au Pair

27 06, 2019

Why and How to Interview Rematch Au Pairs

By |2019-05-28T11:47:19+00:00June 27th, 2019|Interviewing Au Pairs|

Many Host Families interview Rematch Au Pairs. If you're unfamiliar with the term, "Rematch," it refers to an Au Pair who's looking for a new Host Family because their first placement didn't work out. It may seem surprising at first that there's a demand for hiring Rematch Au Pairs. It's easy to think that

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

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