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AuPairCare Stories

Welcome to AuPairCare Stories, the official blog of AuPairCare. Made for parents and au pairs, AuPairCare Stories offers plenty of advice for every phase of the au pair program. You’ll also find out about the many countries our au pairs hail from and the amazing things they do once they are in the country. Looking for some fun activities for your family? You'll find that here as well!

Au Pair Reading with Host Children

9 Tips to Create Culturally Aware Children

Many children start to show an interest in different cultures at a young age, whether through ethnic food, new friends or history lessons at school. Hosting an au pair fosters this curiosity and introduces young ones to new languages, bedtime stories, playtime games and more. Here are 9 activities that parents, host children and au pairs can do together to learn about new cultures:  

Tuesday, March 18th

Au Pairs by the Numbers Infographic

Cost savings. Experienced training. Your family’s childcare solution.  With information pulled from our active database, we’ve highlighted the benefits of our wonderful AuPairCare au pairs in this helpful infographic. It’s pretty incredible that all of our au pairs speak conversational English, most of our au pairs have started or graduated with advanced degrees, and a majority are very handy in the kitchen! 

Thursday, March 13th

Featured AuPairCare Au Pair - Talia from Brazil

Deciding to extend your au pair year can be a difficult decision, but for Taila from Brazil it was certainly the right one. Read Taila’s story in her own words below!

Sunday, March 9th
Host Family Tips

Unplugging in a Plugged in World

Raise your hand if you’re trying to be Supermom. Superdad? Yeah, that is what I suspected. It’s tough to care for your family, your spouse and your ailing dad while also killing it at your job and, if you’re lucky, hitting the gym or reading a good book. 

Sunday, March 2nd
Safety and Product Registration

Product Registration Cards: For Children’s Safety

Parenting in the 21st century requires an extensive toolkit. Everything from booster seats to infant slings are necessities we rely on to make parenthood a little easier. It's a fact of life, though, that these awesome products can sometimes have a defect. That’s why it makes sense to take a moment to consider what product registrations can do to ensure the safety of your child.

Sunday, February 23rd

Featured AuPairCare AuPair - Michaela from Sweden

Meet Swedish au pair Michaela- she’s spent a total of 4 years with her host family in Colorado! Read Michaela’s story, told by her host mom.

Wednesday, February 12th
Au Pair and Host Family

What is it Really Like to Have an Au Pair?

What’s it really like to have a live-in nanny? If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question, I’d probably have enough money to pay for my au pair. Seriously. Because it’s not just this question, but a million other questions that spin off from the fear that having a live-in childcare provider will be… well, kind of weird. Awkward. But believe me when I tell you that having a live-in nanny is not awkward. In fact it’s pretty awesome.  

Tuesday, February 4th
Tips for Parents with Nannies and Au Pairs

5 Things Your Nanny or Au Pair Wish You Knew

As a parent, you know that caring for children is tough business. Those sweet little faces need love, attention, and lots of activities to keep them busy. So you can imagine that choosing to work as a nanny or au pair in another person’s home is a rewarding but often difficult job. To make their life a little easier (and your home run a bit more smoothly), we asked a few nannies and au pairs to tell us the top 5 things they wish you knew.

Sunday, January 26th
Language Learning in Childhood

Are Children Really Better at Learning a Foreign Language?

If you are concerned with the academic prowess of your little one(s), or happen to have a spouse who speaks another language, you may have researched foreign language learning for your kids. In fact, it may be a main motivation behind choosing an au pair to care for your children. With all the current chatter about second language acquisition in children, many wonder, “Are children really better than adults at learning a foreign language?”  

Saturday, January 25th
Nanny and Au Pair Expectations

How to Set Clear Expectations with Your Nanny or Au Pair on Day One

There is nothing more important to a student than their first day of school -or the first day of work to a new employee. So it follows that this would also be true for the first day of childcare with a new provider. The way you as the parents organize those first few days sets the foundation for great relationships – or can set you all up for a rough start. No pressure, right? To make it a great start, follow these tips for a smooth transition.

Thursday, January 23rd