Multilingual kids with the Au Pair help.

 

Many parents  would like to teach their children extra skills or a language to prepare them better for their professional life. People who fluently speak more than one language are more likely to be considered for a job and more likely to earn a higher wage than monolingual speakers. Kids who speak two languages also develop the ability to multitask. Having your child learn a second language gives a child a distinct educational advantage that will last a lifetimemost-popular-languge

What languages are other people trying to learn? There are a lot of languages and cultures to choose- a bilingual family member, friend, neighbor, or caretaker who can spend time with your child  and speak to your child in the target language. Go Au Pair hires Au Pairs from 60 countries -Au Pairs from Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Colombia, Ukraine, S. Korea, France, Russia, El Salvador, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary and many more

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of the family’s choice is an excellent option. Host families choose an Au Pair from a specific country because they are able to teach the language naturally through study and play. Speaking another language or two will open many doors for children.

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10 things to know about the Au Pair program for a new family

Being prepared to the Au Pairs program is the best way for a new family to start the program successfully.Welcome to go au pair

To begin, I suggest starting with reading the basic What is Au Pair Child Care?

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Here is a digest of the 10 posts  that will help new host families learn more about the program.

The Au Pair program rules

What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?

Host family handbook for an aupair

Preparing for a new Au Pair
An Au Pair’s room in the host family home

How to welcome your new Au Pair.

An Au Pair and the educational requirements.

The first weeks with your Au Pair

Host Parents and Au Pair communication

What Au Pairs can and can’t doimportant

To read more how to be a successful host family, check out the blog of Au Pair Expert for Go Au Pair Summer Blackhurst.  Summer  has interviewed more than one hundred families and Au Pairs to find out what are important things to know about the Au Pair program.

Welcome to  email  me with your questions.

How to Speed Up Morning Routines for Kids.

I was reading a blog  post of my colleague, Joan Lowell, a Local Area Representative from Providence, Prepare Now for School Next Week! Yes, school is just around the corner and now is the time to prepare the kids for school.

Getting back in the school groove after a long summer break is challenging for the kids and Au Pairs.  There are many responsibilities for Au Pairs who work with school age kids. It is important that kids will be at school on time, but sometimes can be very challenging.

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A good idea is starting to play with kids, pretend the morning scenario and help kids to prepare for school morning routine. Au Pairs can start to play at night or weekend using a mom and baby stuffed animal and act out the morning routine. You can give your host kid the “mom” role and play out the scenario.  Make it funny and include scenarios in which a kid animal goes to school in his pjs.

Start to prepare to school at night.

Check out the weather forecast the night before.
Pack up beforehand.
Make lunches ahead of time.

Here are some great ideas to speed up your host kids morning routine.Morning-High-Five

Stick to regular morning routines
Keep the routine as simple as possible.
Get a timer.
Make it a team effort.
Build in extra time.
Give Choices.

The Au Pair may create a morning routine chart for the host kids.

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Best English Speaking Au Pairs

Every year host parents from al 14 agencies evaluate their au pair’s ability to speak and communicate in English on a 4-point scale: from “Not Satisfied at all”to “Very Satisfied”.

According to aupairclearinghouse.com survey, “Go Au Pair is the Leader at 90% – Host parents give this mid-size agency EXCELLENT satisfaction Scores.”2014 english highest

Go Au Pair was our leader in 2012, receiving a 90% Satisfaction Rating from their host parents, and proving to be a reliable and consistent provider of Best English Speaking Au Pairs.”

High English level skills are important for a childcare provider. Many Host Families require a high English score because a regular homework help for the kids is essential. Au Pair teashes

All Au Pairs are screened by Go Au Pair international representatives to insure that they are proficient in spoken English. After a personal interview with a representative, a host family examines Au Pairs language skills on the phone or Skype during an interview.

Au Pairs English skills are rated on a scale from 1 to 5.  Most our available Au Pairs are rated a 4 or 5-out-of-5 in English skills. As a Local Area Representative I notice that many our Au Pairs have a degree in English language or consider learning English as their hobby.

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Their English skills become even better by the end of their Au Pair year.  Au Pairs Au Pairs gain invaluable life experience,and also get opportunities learn and practice the English language daily with English speakers. 

Even though, many Au Pairs are looking to polish their English skills because the ability to master and use English professionally can make a big difference in many aspects of their life. By the end of their stay Au Pairs are able to master English skills into strong fluency and many Au Pairs reduce their accent.

Au Pairs from Bucks County Stand Out.

Recently, two Host Families from Bucks County nominated their outstanding Au Pairs for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award in 2014. Au Pairs come from around the world to provide live-in childcare for Host Families in the United States. Many of these young men and women go above-and-beyond in their roles, and make a significant difference in the lives of the children for whom they care.Au Pairs class.

Adriana Zhang, an Au Pair from China, is  a 2014 Au Pair in Excellence Nominee. The Au Pair Adriana lives in Newtown, Bucks County, and she is taking care of four children under the age of six.Au pair Newtown Bucks County

“Adriana has been a tremendous asset to our family. She is hard working and has a wonderful attitude and work ethic. My life has been made more manageable because of her help with the daily routines of my children. …Adriana goes beyond, like fixing my girls in cute hairstyles and teaching them Chinese songs and dance,” said Adriana’s host mom.Chinece Au Pairs
“We’ve been very impressed with how patient and calm Adriana is with our children. We’re so thankful that she truly cares and loves them. It is also apparent that our children adore her. When she is away on weekends or on vacation, her absence is often missed! We are grateful to have Adriana and feel very blessed that she has joined our household. She deserves an Au Pair in Excellence award.” This host family has had 3 Au Pairs with Go Au Pair agency already and is looking forward to hosting a new Au Pair soon.Au Pairs photo contest 3

Adriana is a very active Au Pair. She didn’t miss any Au Pair meetings. Adriana teaches an ESL class in her church. She likes traveling and spending time with her friends. Adriana is the first to volunteer and always offers to help.IMG_20131117_124406

Go Au Pair believes that Adriana and other Au Pairs who are truly excellent and their hard work deserves to be recognized.

Congratulations, Adriana! Being nominated as an Au Pair in Excellence is a big honor.

Au Pair childcare -amazing experience!

Recently several host families from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster welcomed new Au Pairs. The families said that they had a unique and amazing experience with their former Au Pairs. Host families said that their Au Pairs went above and beyond basic childcare, they participated in the host family lives and activities of the children, became a big sisters/brothers to their kids and a part of their families.  The Au Pairs already planned to visit their host family.

Au Pair childcare provides the family with flexible live-in childcare -snow days or sick days are no longer a problem. Host families feel secure with their Au Pairs.

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The Au Pair acts as an older sibling and host children imitate her/his behavior. They are able to stimulate an active play, like going out and running with the kids and doing creative stuff. Kids love to spend time with their Au Pair.

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Au pairs are young, energetic individuals who love what they do and genuinely want to succeed. Go Au Pair has many outstanding Au Pairs. This year several Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster were nominated by their host families for Au Pair of the 2013 Year Award .  The Au Pair Phila  from South Africa was recognized as Go Au Pair 2012 Au Pair in Excellence winner.

Read more about the amazing experience this family is having with an Au Pair Phila.

Go Au Pair agency provides top quality service and has many positive reviews.

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Keeping Your Child Safe Around Animals

Most animals are friendly, but some can be dangerous. Many Au Pairs like pets, 97% of  available Au Pairs from Go Au Pair say they are willing to place with a Host Family with pets. Being around animals, it is very important to know how to minimize the chances of being bitten or scratched by the pets.Au Pair from S. Africa Chant

I would like to introduce today our special guest blogger Paul Taylor who will share the tips on how to keep children safe around animals.

From dogs and cats to horses and lemurs, the world is full of a wide variety of animals that your child might encounter. Petting zoos, farms, or even the neighbor’s pet can be dangerous if you do not teach your children the skills they will need to stay safe around animals. Here are a few helpful tips on what safety issues to cover with your child:

  1. Never approach an animal without permission – Even the friendliest looking dog could be a baiter. That is why it is important to let your child know that you must ask permission before you approach someone walking their pet. Even in a petting zoo it is a good idea to ask how and where the animal likes to be touched. While some animals will tolerate children well, others are more unstable. It is wise to teach your child to ask before they touch.kids cat
  2. Always wash your hands after touching an animal – In particular I am thinking of pet turtles and lizards. There are many animals that carry illnesses that humans can catch. These are not always obvious to small children. They should be taught that it is better to be safe than sorry. By washing their hands well after touching any animal, they can prevent a variety of illnesses. Children should also be taught not to let animals lick their faces as this can also spread illness.
  3. Never pull on an animal – Many small children cannot resist the urge to yank on kitty’s tail. However that may get them a swipe from her claws if she is not a very considerate cat. No animal enjoys a child pulling their tail, ears or fur. That is why you should teach your children to be gentle around animals and avoid hurting them. A hurt animal may react in violence, even if the pet has no history of it. Avoid bites and scratches by teaching your children to respect the animal and not be rough with it.kids animals
  4. Never walk too close to an animal – Even if your child respects your wishes to not approach an animal without permission they may still want to get close to it to get a better look. A dog can lunge pretty far at the end of a leash, a cat has a long range for her claws, and cows or horses can kick, stomp or nip at a child that gets too close to their space. You should teach your child to give animals plenty of room and always stay far enough away so that they can stay out of the animal’s range.
  5. If an animal is not friendly then leave it alone – Many children have an issue in which they will pursue an obviously unfriendly animal trying to pet it. Ducks in the pond, pigeons on the sidewalk and wild rabbits are all examples of animals that will typically run away from children. If you teach your child not to pursue them they will be safer. A duck has strong wings and a beak that can hurt a small child. Even a rabbit can do some damage with its hind legs if picked up. A scared animal is a dangerous animal, so a child should not corner or attempt to catch them.
  6. If an animal looks sick then do not go near it – Sick animals are another sdogtory. A bird with a broken wing, a squirrel that has fallen out of a tree or an animal hurt on the side of the road all make our sympathies flare, and children are more sympathetic than some adults. However you should caution children against getting too close to a hurt or sick animal. A hurt animal is a scared and dangerous one that is unpredictable. If they are sick, with rabies for example, they could seriously hurt or even kill your child. Never let your child pick up or touch a hurt, sick or dead animal.
  7. Never give a child control of a pet they can’t handle – Many times I have seen a large dog’s leash held by a small child. This is just an unsafe practice that is foolish. If a child cannot control the animal then they should not be given responsibility for it. Even a nice big dog can jump on a small child and hurt or scare him. And what would happen if the dog decided to run out into traffic? Your child would be pulled along with him! It is not worth risking your child’s safety or the safety of others. Until your child is big enough to handle the pet, keep a firm hand on the leash.kid smile
  8. Stay away from animals with babies – Even though the babies might look cute, their mother will not be happy if you touch them. Many animals do not like strangers around their children. They become very protective and can hurt a child that approaches their litter. Teach children to give mother animals a lot of room and do not try to touch her or the babies.
  9. Do not feed an animal or touch its food – Taking away an animal’s food is the easiest way to get bitten. Even your own family dog can nip at someone trying to take his food. Teach children to leave animals that are eating alone and never try to take away their food, toys or treats. Children should also be taught not to try to feed animals unless told to do so. Wild animals especially can hurt a child that is attempting to feed them. If they want to give an animal food, such as ducks or birds, they should lie out or throw out the food in an open area. Never feed animals out of your hands.kids-animals
  10. Stay quiet, move slow – In danger or in safety it is important to be quiet and slow around animals. Almost all animals react to noise and fast movements negatively. They can become scared or overly excited. Teach your children to move slowly when picking up a pet and to stay calm. If a strange animal approaches them they should move away slowly and not run or make a lot of noise. By doing this they can stay safe around animals.kids-and-animals

Needless to say, if you have a very small child that is unable to understand the need to be careful around animals then you should either limit their exposure to animals or make sure you are closely supervising any encounters they might have. It is better to be safe than sorry, after all.

As children get older they will be exposed to other children’s pets, animals at the zoo and even wild animals. They will not always have an adult around to keep them safe. By teaching your children to respect the animals and stay calm and quiet your children can stay safe.

Author Bio:

Paul Taylor started www.babysittingjobs.com which offers an aggregated look at those sites to help families find sitters and to help sitters find families easier than ever. He loves writing, with the help of his wife. He has contributed quality articles for different blogs & websites.

Begin teaching children at a young age about nutrition.

I am pleased to host my guest blogger and the personal chef from NJ, Debbie of Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals again. Debbie is working to incorporate recipes that help host families and Au Pairs  in teaching how to create healthy menu items and are pleasing to the picky eaters.   Her message for today post is “Begin teaching children at a young age about nutrition.”

Hello, my name is Debbie Dusylovitch. People in and around my area are coming to know me as Debbie of Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals, a personal chef service. My slogan is: “A little touch of love added to the food to make it taste so good and it’s comfort food when you need it most.”

For over 30 years, I have been in the food industry. I worked in cafeterias in many of America’s big corporations such as AT & T, Bell Labs, J & J, and others. Over time I came to find out even though food is my passion, it is not always about me. It’s about providing a person with a well-balanced meal.healthy food

Food should feed the soul. What you eat should be nutritious, so the body is ultimately performing at its best.

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Growing up, I spent many hours over at my grandparents. When I was younger my grandmother was always by my side teaching me how to cook. It was a time of bonding but also instilling a passion for food that I have now taken out into the world. So this is definitely something you should share with your own children.

Begin teaching children at a young age about nutrition. Incorporate different items into your meals. Let the children taste it. Even if they do not like it, is important that they at least gave it a try. They will never know whether they like something it or not unless they give it a try.VeggieTry to cook kids friendly recipes  from Debbie and read Debbie’s next post Children in the kitchen.

“To do” list with your Au Pair.

Erin, Go Au Pair blog's guestErin Owen, Mom of 2 boys, Author, Speaker, and an Eastern-Inspired Performance Breakthrough Coach contributes a series of posts ” How to be a parent and a professional without losing your mind.”  I want to thank Erin for sharing parenting secrets with Go Au Pair’s blog readers. Today Erin speaks about “to do” list with your au pair’s vision and interests so there is mutual benefit and enjoyment for your family and the Au Pair .

Over the years of managing child care providers, I’ve learned to watch what they enjoy doing well—and voluntarily do on their own—so that I can make the greatest use of their time.

I’ve also learned to ask: “how do you want to grow and develop? what do you enjoy? what makes you happiest?”

Based on what I’ve learned about Mrs. Kuang – the primary nanny who has been with our family since my oldest son was just 3 months old (and the other date night babysitters who have become part of our family over the years), What else have you asked your childcare provider to do for you that she genuinely enjoyed and excelled at?kids Erin , coach

Keeping the communication channels open by asking questions and listening mindfully is critical. If you find yourself making assumptions about what your childcare provider does or does not want to do, I invite you to let those ideas go until you listen to what she has to say.

And, Mrs. Kuang and the others have conveyed to me how proud they feel to have helped with special projects and contributed to our family in new and different ways that also help them use and develop other skills and strengths. This has deepened our connection and made it easier to ask the next time for extra help.

What ideas do you have to initiate such a conversation and learn more about your Au Pair’s hopes and dreams?

What would you like to ask her to do for you that she might genuinely enjoy and excel at?to do au pair list

I invite you to align your “to do” list with your Au Pair’s vision and interests so there is mutual benefit and enjoyment, and you’ll all be happier and richer for it!

Keep your Au Pair happy.

Erin, Go Au Pair blog's guest

Erin Owen, Mom of 2 boys, Author, Speaker, and an Eastern-Inspired Performance Breakthrough Coach started a series of posts ” How to be a parent and a professional without losing your mind” on  Go Au Pair’s blog. Today Erin will talk about how to keep your Au Pair happy, so you both can get more out of life!

When life is so full, and you feel like you’re barely keeping it together, it can be hard to remember your bigger dreams and vision. Each one of us dreams of having time to do what we love.Erin, Coach at YourPerformanceBreakthroug

The same goes for your childcare provider- Au Pair.

One of the greatest gifts to you and your aupair this holiday season can be to learn more about her dreams and strengths.

Not only does this say loud and clear: “you are important and I want to know more about you”…

…but also, it gives you important insight into what she wants out of life, what she wants to learn, what she likes to do, and ways in which she hopes to grow and develop as a whole person.

It also helps you better understand what you can invite her to help out with  in a way that makes her smile and frees you up to do more of what you love.happy-au-pair

Just as it’s much easier to swim with the current, so too is it easier to delegate to someone who genuinely wants to learn more about and do what you’re asking her to do.

importantHere are a few questions you can ask your Au Pair:

  • What are her longer-term hopes and dreams?
  • What does she enjoy doing?
  • What does she want to learn more about?
  • What activities would give her the chance to share a new skill or something fun and interesting with your child/ren?

“You are important and I want to know more about you”

Learn more about your Au Pair dreams and strengths. Make her smile to do more of what she loves. Keep your Au Pair happy!

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