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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. 

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.

Tuesday, June 16th
Comforting your au pair during times of crisis

Caring For Your Au Pair in Tough Times

We like to say "home is where the heart is"...and in difficult times, this is truer than ever. Check out our tips for supporting your au pair through difficult times.

Tuesday, May 26th
3 Reasons Why You Should Welcome an Au Pair When You Have a Toddler

3 Benefits of Welcoming An Au Pair When You Have a Toddler

Of course, you can welcome an au pair to your family with kids of all ages! When it comes to the toddlers (and pre-schoolers!), the ages and stages of 1-3 years old can be especially tricky. With an au pair in the home, you have an extra parenting partner to help navigate the toddler twos and threes!

Wednesday, May 6th
5 Tips For Working at Home With Kids

5 Tips For Working at Home With Kids

For many parents adjusting to temporarily working from home, getting any work done can feel like an uphill battle. From your littles wanting to play with mom or dad to teens needing extra supervision, your days can feel long and busy. Read on for our tips to optimize at-home working.

Friday, April 10th
Why an au pair improves work life balance

How Au Pair Childcare Improves Work-Life Balance

Looking for a childcare solution that helps you to balance it all? Check out the following six reasons that au pair childcare improves work-life balance.

Wednesday, March 11th
10 Tips for Having Great Au Pair Childcare

Ten Steps Toward Childcare Bliss

No matter what your childcare option you choose; daycare, nanny, or au pair -  there are certain factors that can make or break your experience. Read AuPairCare’s 10 Steps Towards Childcare Bliss!

Tuesday, February 18th
Reasons to Welcome an Au Pair This Winter

3 Reasons to Welcome an Au Pair This Winter

Securing childcare just in time for the long winter 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 welcome an au pair this winter!

Tuesday, November 5th
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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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