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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

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

10 12, 2018

40 Ways Au Pairs Rely on Their Host Parents

By |2019-04-23T16:54:54+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 |2019-05-02T21:51:58+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

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