An Au Pair and special needs children.

Many Au Pairs have some experience working with children with special needs.  Some Au Pairs are interested in working with special needs children and learning about special needs. They may want the experience for a future career and education.

special needs children

Go Au Pair agency has many available Au Pairs who are willing to work with special needs children.  The family can learn about an Au Pair previous experience of working with children with special needs during the matching process.

For example, an experienced with special needs children nanny and a teacher, an Au Pair from Mexico, Monica.

Monica is a 24 year old, a college graduate, and an infant qualified nanny. Monica has a lot of experience with kids all ages,  she worked in daycare, as a teacher, and as a nanny. She has worked as a nanny with a kid that was handicap, and with children with down syndrome.

Monica loves kids, she said, “I really enjoy the time with the kids and I like being a role model for them. I studied psychology and I have been working with kids since I was 15. I always knew since I was little that I wanted to work with kids.”


Go Au Pair had  a positive experience with the Au Pairs who were working with special needs children in the past. The agency had many Au Pairs who were doing a great job and went above and beyond what many nannies would do for children with special needs.

Read what the Rush family said about their experience: “[The Au Pair Mariela] quickly learned how to care for her expertly. She was so gentle the first time she taped the oxygen tubing to Serena’s face that I nearly cried. Mariela willingly participated in additional training in CPR and met with Serena’s Physical and Occupational Therapists each week to learn how to work with Serena. Each day she responsibly worked on the exercises the therapists assigned. Serena’s excellent progress (she was able to eat normally and began to gain weight) was possible only because of Mariela’s loving and diligent care.”Mariela-and-Baby

The IAPA Au Pair of the Year was awarded to one of Go Au Pair’s outstanding au pairs–Mariela Poveda.  She cared for a special needs girl and did a great job. Please, watch the movie.

Au Pairs winter projects.

International Thank You Day is coming.  An Au Pair can do some projects together with the kids for the Host Family!

Here are several projects to create. Have fun with the kids during the cold winter time!

au pair new xmasThe Au Pair Sis has many craft ideas on Pinterest. If you need any fresh ideas, please check Go Au Pair blog or follow the Au Pair Sis on Pinterest. You can view many crafts on the  Crafts for Kids Board.

Au Pair new project
You can master a candy box.

The Au Pair Sis invites Au Pairs and Host Families to join her for a craft challenge. Au Pair sis

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Au Pairs Holiday Bonuses and Schedules.

The Holiday Season brings up many questions for host parents with scheduling and presents.

Host families may have more questions than families who have hired a nanny since an Au Pair should also be included as a family member in all of host family celebrations.

Holiday time is something that all Au Pairs are looking forward to. It is a unique experience for them and they are usually exited to spend Holiday time with their host families and new friends.happy Holidays go au pair

It is important to set expectations early and communicate with the Au Pair.  Don’t forget that the Au Pair has full weekend off each month, 4 Holidays and two weeks’ paid vacation during her Au Pair year. The Au Pair may want to use some times off during the Holiday Season. Ask the Au Pair what the arrangement she wants to make on her holiday time. Your Au Pair should be free on December 15th, 2012, the day when we are going to have a huge Christmas party.

New year Au Pair

Also for the holidays you may want to offer a gift, a greeting card, and a family Christmas photo. A few other great ideas for the Au Pair are time off with pay, Gift Cards and a gym membership.

My suggestion would be to let your Au Pair’s holiday schedule and bonus reflect the unique needs and nature of your family.

Holiday Time together with the Au Pair may be one of the best and most memorable experiences you ever have!

To Curfew or not to Curfew your Au Pair?

What is a reasonable curfew for an Au Pair? – Host families often ask me. It depends on an Au Pair age, her maturity level, and family’s rules and believes.

I think that the host family can start with a reasonable curfew when the Au Pair comes to the USA and try to be more open about a later curfew in the future.

Many host parents feel that on evenings when the Au Pair is required to work the next morning, the Au Pair will need to be in the house by certain time. On evenings when the Au Pair is not required to work the next morning, she will not have a specific curfew.

Some host parents feel that the Au Pair is an adult, and expect that she can make a decisions about how late to stay out.

Host families usually ask the Au Pair to call or text them in case if she or he is going to be late because they might be concerned for the Au Pair’s safety.  If the Au Pair wants  to spend the night at her friends’ house, she should let her host family know.The Au Pair is the family member. There are rules for all members of the family, including the Au Pair. Some families feel that they need to know where the Au Pair is going and when she will be home.  They would like to be able to contact the Au Pair in case of emergency.

Kids friendly food

I am pleased to host a guest blogger and a personal chef from NJ, Debbie of Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals. Debbie is working to incorporate recipes that help host families and Au Pairs  in teaching us how to create kids friendly and healthy food.

Today Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals is sharing the recipe of Tacos with steamed butternut squash

Tacos with butternut squash

  • 1-2 tbs Olive oil
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (need 1-1 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup frozen cubed Butternut squash
  • 1pkg of Taco seasoning mix
  • Taco shells (18 shells)
  •  1 pkg of Shredded cheddar


Au Pair Child Care for military families

By hosting an Au Pair, military families benefit from having extra helping hand while one parent is away. Having another adult at home  helps military families a lot. An Au Pair takes care of the kids, prepares food, assists around the house, drives kids to and from appointments and is available when family needs it most.

Military families benefit greatly from the schedule flexibility that the Au Pair program provides. Also Au Pair program gives the host family an opportunity having the same caregiver if there is a necessity to move frequently in a short period of time. That helps family and kids settle down easily in a new place with their Au Pair.

When military families experience the deployment of the family member, kids may be affected and its can be a source of anxiety for kids. The Au Pair can help since she becomes a family member, a big sister and friend to the kids. The Au Pair will help children to stay connected with deployed parent through video conferencing, taking and sending photos, and doing craft projects.

Go Au Pair greatly values the services provided by our armed forces. Military families who sign up with Go Au Pair receive a $250.00 discount from our standard price.

Adoption and the Au Pair program.

Many host families with adopted children choose the Au Pair program not only for childcare reason.  They select the Au Pair program because this childcare option provides host families with a person who can also help them learn and keep their adopted child’s culture, language, and heritage.

If you are thinking about international adoption, an Au Pair may help to bring the child to your home and  help you to  understand a new child’s culture and to communicate in child’s  language.  An Au Pair can help a host family in her traveling by speaking the language, knowing the culture, and easing the stress of the whole international adoption process.

Adoption Services International believes that an “Au Pair for Ukrainian adopted children is a rich and rewarding childcare solution {because } many adoptive families look for ways of exposing their children to their native culture and heritage”Read more 

Please watch a short movie where a host mom with three adopted daughters shares  her experience with the Au Pair program.

All You Really Need to Know ………

All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
Robert Fulghum

Au Pairs enjoy the experience  of living with Host Families. Every family does things differently, largely because of different situations, cultures, attitudes, and a different set of norms and behaviors. It is these differences that Au Pairs meet and must learn to adjust to when she lives in another culture.

I believe that some aspects of the human practice are common to people everywhere. There are some important lessons normally learned in any kindergarten like sharing things, being kind to one another, cleaning up after themselves, etc.

If adults stick to the same basic rules we teach our children, the world would be much better. Please follow these simple rules with your kids and host family.

“All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.”

Copyright: Robert L. Fulghum

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Homework with an Au Pair Help.

“Is asking an Au Pair to help with homework a reasonable request?”, ask many host parents.

Yes, one of Au Pair Responsibilities is to provide the host kids with homework help and tutoring. An Au Pair can help children complete their school assignments before the host parents arrive home from work each weeknight.  In addition, she can definitely help host kids learn the second language if it’s her native language or she knows that particular one.

Many Au Pairs are professional teachers, and University graduates, who have years of tutoring and teaching experience.  They can  provide dependable supervision and tutoring.

Some Au Pairs don’t have a teaching background,  they are not tutors and they need host parents help in developing  the consistent homework routine with their kids.

To develop good study habits host parents can make a Homework Contract that stays out what is expected of the student and caregiver.

Developing a homework schedule is vital to homework success. It is important to select a place and time homework will be done each day. Parents may need to help their Au Pair set up a system for keeping track of their children’s assignments, due dates, and tests.

Au Pairs experiencing a new culture in the USA.

Au Pair child care is a cultural experience through full time live-in child care. Cultural exchange is the foundation of the Au Pair program. Host Families welcome an Au Pair from another country into their home and learn about another culture from their Au Pair.

An Au Pair has the chance to learn about life in the U.S. while exploring the country, attending classes and immersing yourself in the English language. Learn more

Being an Au Pair is a learn and earn opportunity for young people who are looking to get the chance to earn money and learn new experience in a family setting.

First of all,  this is a responsible job. According to US Department of State AU Pair Program Regulations, Au Pair participants are obligated to provide child care services to not more than 10 hours per day or more than 45 hours per week.

Secondary, Au pairing is about the experience of living in another culture. Au Pair program is an opportunity to learn  language and explore a new culture.   Au Pairs enjoy the experience of a lifetime living with a Host Family, speaking English, being able to study in an American University, and volunteering with friends.
It is also chance to travel together with new friends through the US and explore a new country. Au Pairs love meeting new people, experiencing new things and making new friends.

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