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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!

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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
Serbian AuPairCare Au Pair

2013 Ultimate Au Pair Winner Dijana from Serbia

I love having Dijana in our home because she is not thought of as “help” but part of the family. She and I have a wonderful relationship. She knows what I expect and I know what she expects. And she’s always a step ahead of me. I am amazed how many times we are in the car and I say I forgot something only to find out she remembered it. Furthermore, she is consistently concerned about my children’s safety. She is always trying to teach my children and make each day a learning experience. 

Friday, January 10th
Looking For A Nanny or Au Pair

7 Things to Look for in a Nanny or Au Pair

Finding the right childcare provider is tough, and for those not prepared, it can turn into a full-time job fast. The choices can be overwhelming and the qualifications of the candidates can vary dramatically. While the search is not always easy, we’re sure you agree it’s worth it to find the perfect companion for your little ones. To ease the pain of your search, we polled a few of our host moms to see which attributes they say you should look for in your next nanny or au pair.

Monday, January 6th
New Jersey Swedish Au Pairs

Ridgewood NJ Resident Shares Swedish Tradition

"The Swedish au pairs love to share their homeland traditions with their host families, other au pair friends of varying nationalities, and the community-at-large. It's a point of connection for all of Ridgewood," McCrea said.

Thursday, December 26th
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International Students Pack Gifts for World's Needy Children

They came to Bucks County from around the world, and now 15 au pairs will send gifts out around the world. The 15 women, from countries such as Colombia, Brazil, South Africa and Poland, brought their donations and donations from their host families and au pair coordinators to pack in gift boxes Saturday night. The 50 gifts from the event will go to Operation Christmas Child, the annual gift collection run by the Samaritan’s Purse charity. 

Saturday, November 9th
How to Save Money on Childcare

How to Save Money on Childcare

The average middle-class family will pay almost $300,000 to raise a child over 17 years; that's up $8,000 from last year, and the cost will only grow from there. The bulk of that expense often comes from child care -- but asking relatives to pitch in often leads to uncomfortable tension. Read on for a step-by-step guide to saving on child care costs while keeping your kids safe and your family happy.

Sunday, November 3rd

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