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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

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

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

21 08, 2018

Things I’ll Do Differently With My 2nd Au Pair

By |2018-09-23T20:23:53+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

It may be early in the process, but I already know which things I'll do differently with my 2nd Au Pair. I’m a big planner, and I am now in the midst of searching for my 2nd Au Pair who will be taking my current Au Pair’s place in September. Just as we all

21 08, 2018

Mirroring Each Other’s Habits

By |2018-09-23T20:24:47+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

Being fully immersed in your family’s culture for a year or more, an Au Pair is bound to find herself unknowingly mirroring the quirks and habits of certain family members. Conversely, Host Parents and children may also find themselves in the same situation, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In our house, I’ve noticed

21 08, 2018

Little Hiccups: Addressing Issues I Never Foresaw

By |2018-09-21T13:05:16+00:00August 21st, 2018|Best Practices|

We've had little hiccups in our placement & I've found myself addressing issues I never foresaw before they happened. When I envisioned hosting an Au Pair, my mind focused on the major issues like: Will my children like her? Will she fit into to our family, or will it be awkward? How will she

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