How to Limit Screen Time, Keep Your Sanity, and Have Fun!

By |2019-06-20T16:41:16+00:00June 21st, 2019|Childcare Advice|

It's no secret that some of us scratch our heads over how to limit screen time. It shouldn't be so difficult. Just turn off the TV, right? But if your kids are anything like mine, it seems like that's all they want to do! Even my granddaughter, who is only one, grabs for a phone

Free Toddler Chore Chart + Easy Chores for Toddlers

By |2019-05-24T04:29:11+00:00June 20th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

If you're looking for a toddler chore chart, you may also be wondering which chores are easy for toddlers. It can be challenging to find easy chores for toddlers to do around the house. With the number of things parents have to remember in our day-to-day lives, having the patience to get your toddler

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

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

How to Bond with Children in Your Care

By |2019-05-24T04:10:48+00:00June 6th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

If you're an Au Pair, you may be wondering how to bond with children in your care. Or, if you're a Host Parent, maybe you're wondering how to set your Au Pair up for a successful bonding experience right from the start. How to Bond with Children in Your Care 10 Effective Strategies to

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

Constructive Criticism for Kids: How to Help Kids Grow

By |2019-05-30T12:45:06+00:00May 30th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Constructive criticism for kids, or anyone, is most effective with love and care. Think of it as compassionate critique. Nobody likes criticism, probably because it is an "expression of disapproval" and is "based on perceived mistakes or faults," according to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary. But kids learn by making mistakes (adults, too, honestly). Pure criticism only

Dual Language Program for Your Home!

By |2019-05-28T14:25:37+00:00May 28th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Rising Demand in Parents Seeking Out a Dual Language Program Getting your child involved in a dual language program is becoming increasingly popular. Language immersion is widely considered the most effective method for becoming fluent in a foreign language. The cognitive benefits of speaking multiple languages have been illustrated in recent studies. These studies show

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

Toddler Bedtime Routine Strategies for Frustrated Parents

By |2019-05-28T09:49:02+00:00May 20th, 2019|Childcare Advice|

Implementing an effective toddler bedtime routine is easier said than done. And if you're like me, the real question isn't how to create a routine, but how to get your child (and you) to stick to one. Have you ever found yourself yelling, "Get back in bed!" and making threats at midnight? If your

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