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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!

South African Au Pair Carina

Featured AuPairCare Au Pair - Carina from South Africa

Au Pair Carina came to the U.S. from South Africa hoping to find adventure, and she hasn’t been disappointed! Read about her amazing experience so far.

Wednesday, October 22nd
Sweden Map

Au Pair Country and Culture Highlight: Sweden

The au pair year has become a tradition among many young people from Sweden for their ‘gap year’ before attending university. This Nordic culture offers a wealth of creativity and fun. Let's explore this Scandinavian Nation!

Sunday, October 19th
Au Pair and Host Mom Extension Conversation

The Top 3 Tips for Having the Extension Conversation

Here at AuPairCare we receive tons of questions from first time host parents and au pairs! What does an au pair do? How do I find the right au pair for my family? One question that arises midway through the program year for both our au pairs and host parents is “How do I keep this great thing going?”

Monday, October 13th
Au Pairs From AuPairCare Infographic

Au Pairs from AuPairCare Infographic

There is so much for families to consider when choosing childcare; affordability, safety, reliability, and flexibility. Nannies can be cost prohibitive, daycares have limited flexibility, and your child’s safety is critical to whatever form of childcare you chose. AuPairCare solves those problems with an au pair program that is competitive with other forms of childcare, including traditional nannies and daycares, without the extra hassles of late pickup fees and different rates for multiple children.

Monday, September 29th
AuPairCare Alumni Network Profiles

Au Pair Alumni Network

We are excited to announce the launch of our Au Pair Alumni Network! This is a place for former program participants to share how the au pair program changed their lives and provide them a way to remain connected with AuPairCare.

Sunday, September 14th
Cost of Raising a Child Infographic

USDA's Cost of Raising A Child Infographic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013 report which shows that the average cost of raising one child born in 2013 through the age of 17 will cost parents about $250K ($304.4K adjusted for inflation). That is higher than the average median home cost in the United States! 

Monday, September 8th
Japan Map

Au Pair Country & Culture Highlight: Japan

AuPairCare has one of the longest traditions of bringing au pairs from Japan to the U.S., in part because our co-founder, Takeshi Yokota, hails from Japan. Comprised of an archipelago in East Asia, Japan has a family-oriented culture rich with longstanding traditions in theater, literature, and design. Let’s explore Japanese skills and attributes that may be important to you as a host family.

Wednesday, September 3rd
South African Au Pair

Featured AuPairCare Au Pair - Chenae from South Africa

Au pair Chenae from South Africa lives in Washington DC with her host family and by the end of her placement, will have been with them for 2 full years! 

Tuesday, August 19th
AuPairCare Host Family Interview

5 Things NOT to Ask When Interviewing Your Childcare Provider

Finding the perfect childcare provider for your family can be hard, especially when undergoing the interviewing process. How do you accurately judge the skill sets and compatibility of candidates in such a brief encounter? The following 5 tips on what not to ask potential caregivers will help you get to know your future caregiver and assess whether they are up for the job.

Wednesday, August 13th
AuPairCare Host Family

AuPairCare Addresses New Report Highlighting the Challenges of Working Parents

The National Partnership for Women and Families has released a report highlighting the state of working parents in America and their experiences with family leave, childcare and work-life balance. The report, titled “Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents”, evaluates the natural challenges that arise when busy households are raising young children. 

Sunday, August 10th