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Advice for Parents

Our advice for parents entries focus on comparing childcare options (nannies, au pairs, daycares and preschools), discussing childcare issues many parents face, au pair training, childcare guides and more. We're here to help you sift through the options and figure out what's best for your family. 

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3 Reasons to Welcome an Au Pair This Fall

Securing childcare just in time for the busy fall season is a comfort for many of our host parents. But that’s not the only benefit to matching now; learn the top three reasons to match with an au pair this Fall!

Tuesday, September 17th
5 Things Your Au Pair Wished You Knew

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.

Wednesday, July 17th
Top 4 Reasons you might need an au pair

The Top 4 Reasons You Might Need an Au Pair

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to childcare. Check out the top reasons an au pair might be a great addition to your family!

Wednesday, June 26th
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Hear From A Host Mom: Reasons For Choosing an Au Pair

My best friend is considering hosting an au pair and she has all the typical concerns; someone else is living in our house, are they going to be a good driver, will my kids listen to her?

Wednesday, June 5th
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Hear from an Area Director: Tips for First Time Host Families

First time families don't need to be anxious about hosting an au pair. Hear from an area director the tips that will make your first hosting experience a success!

Wednesday, May 15th
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How to Tackle Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, which means recognizing that we do get stressed, while also finding effective ways to tackle it and relax. Whether you’re an au pair or a host parent, stress will sneak up on you or come full force when handling your kids, so sit back and relax, because here are our tips to de-stress this April.

Wednesday, April 10th
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Choose Your Summer Au Pair

It’s barely spring – but believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking of summer childcare! Our match deadlines are quickly approaching.

Wednesday, March 27th
4 Tips to Keep Your and Your Kids Organized this Winter!

4 Tips for Staying Organized This Winter

We all know that it can get a little extra crazy during the winter months. Between kids’ activities, school, and holiday events, it’s easy to let things slip. To avoid losing important items, plans, and your mind, here are some organizational tips for you and the family this winter season!

Wednesday, December 12th
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 report which shows that the average cost of raising one child born in 2017 through the age of 17 will cost parents about $233K ($243.5K adjusted for inflation). That is higher than the average median home cost in the United States! 

Wednesday, January 24th
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.

Wednesday, December 13th

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