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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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Heading Back to Work After Baby

Watch how a new mom express her feelings on returning to work after a baby.

Friday, November 27th
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Au Pairs vs. Nannies vs. Daycare

Au pairs, nannies and daycares may seem to offer the same childcare for your family, but an au pair is much more than a live-in nanny.

Thursday, September 17th
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Why Choose AuPairCare for your Childcare

Once you’ve learned about the benefits and requirements of the au pair program and decided this might be a good fit, it’s time to decide which agency you should go with! There are lots of choices out there but here at AuPairCare we’re committed to live-in childcare and cultural exchange.  Here are some of the most popular reasons families choose AuPairCare:

Tuesday, July 28th
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The Rising Cost of Childcare

Parents already know that childcare is not cheap! According to Nerdwallet the cost to raise a child born in in 2011 comes in at around $235,000. In some states, the annual cost of daycare for one child is more than the cost of in-state college tuition. The rising costs of childcare are a factor in a new trend -  a larger percentage of moms are now staying at home to care for their children.

Saturday, May 31st
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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
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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
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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
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
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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