How to welcome your new Au Pair.

Here are several tips for the  Host Family  on how to welcome a new Au Pair when she arrives.

  • Have their room ready and clean with a waste paper basket and laundry basket .
  • Prepare a welcome sign made by the children and a small arrival gift or basket
  • Ask about their room (do they have everything they need).
  • Help them call home to let their parents know they are now with their host family
  • Ask them how you can make them feel welcome in regards to cultural differences, food, customs, etc.
  • Spend the entire first week showing them everything in your home and in the neighborhood.
  • Introduce your au pair to your neighbors and friends.
  • Ask your au pair questions about their home, their country, their family, and ask to see the pictures they brought with them.
  • Give her a few days to unpack, rest and become acclimated to the host family’s home.

Help your au pair feel welcome and that they are truly part of your family.

                             

You can find more information about  how to welcome your new Au Pair here

An Au Pair for a back-to-work mom

When a mom needs go back to work, an Au Pair can be a great caregiver. The mom can leave her kids in the same home environment with a reliable family member who truly love kids.

Au Pairs also  have a lot of experience and education.  Many Au Pairs are infant qualified, college graduate and experienced with babies, infant multiples and even groups of children. Some Au Pairs are licensed kindergarten teachers who worked as nannies for several years.  Others are professional teachers, who have pedagogical education and  several years of work experience with children at school.

When mom is working, an Au Pair  is providing flexible in-home care and personalized child supervision. She can assist a host family with light household duties such as preparing  children’s meals and helping keep their rooms neat. She can help with laundry, car pooling and other tasks.

The Au Pair enjoys doing many things with host family’s children, keeping them busy with useful things, teaching them and having fun together. In addition, she can also oversee and enrich children’s playtime with international games, stories, and activities while exposing kids to another language and culture.

Kids really love their young nanny  Au Pair and willing to stay with her since she is animated, fun, and doesn’t mind getting down on the floor and play with the kids, sing songs, dance around, act silly and funny and not sit on the couch.

And when mom is at work she knows that her kids are at home, happy and safe with a qualified, trusted “family member”.

If I don’t like my au pair

From an Au Pair mom.

(Anna T., a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair.)

What happens if I don’t like my au pair when she arrives?

After doing your due diligence during the matching process, selecting your best match out of multitude of candidates, getting to know the au pair, and keeping in touch with her after the match and before her arrival, not liking the au pair upon her arrival to your family is not a likely scenario.

However, sometimes our expectations do not meet reality. She might not look like her pictures. First meeting might be awkward. She might be missing her family too much in the beginning, spend too much or not enough of her free time with your family, or your children might be slow to warm up to her.

Most of the time, being patient during the adjustment period pays off and things go smoothly from there. Most agencies ask host families and au pairs to stick it out for at least two to four weeks before considering breaking the match; sometimes adjustment takes time. Local area representatives of the au pair agency are there to assist both families and au pairs in starting their year together right, and helping resolve conflicts and providing support during the year.

But sometimes, there is no way to make it work. There might be a personality misfit or a difference in expectations that cannot be resolved. There is an option for both families and au pairs to rematch. A family or an au pair can break a match before the year is over. The agency assists both family and au pair (if she is deemed fit to continue as an au pair) in finding a new placement. Go Au Pair has the best satisfaction guarantee in the business; it doesn’t limit the number of rematches or the time during the year when a family can rematch with an au pair without paying a penalty.

How can a young Au Pair be a good caregiver?

From an Au Pair mom.

(Anna T., a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair.)

How can a young girl with no children of her own be a good caregiver?
This is one of the questions that I pondered when considering using au pair childcare for my own children. However, this is probably the easiest question to answer about the au pair program. Au pair candidates have to show proof of documented childcare experience; and additionally, to be qualified to care for children under two years old, they have to have a certain number of hours of experience with children of this age.

Many au pairs are professional teachers, and have years of early childhood education, pedagogical education, and experience with babies, groups of  children and babies, even infant multiples. I’ve seen au pair applications of young women who were nurses in NICU, who were daycare teachers handling ten babies alone all day, who were college graduate licensed kindergarten teachers with several years of work experience, and women who worked as nannies for years in their home countries.

But for me personally, knowing something with my mind is different than believing something in my heart. Despite knowing all these facts all along, it was still difficult for me to believe that a young woman could do a great job taking care of my baby.  For me, it took personal experience and witnessing the experience of others to finally take the plunge into switching to au pair childcare.

When I was expecting my second child and first considering an au pair, I could not quite believe that I myself would be able to take care of a baby and a toddler; and I was already a mother myself.

I was more inclined to trust another mother, who already raised her own children. I had several nannies after my son was born, all in their fifties or older, all mothers or grandmothers. Through this experience, I understood that some of them probably didn’t raise their children themselves, or their talents were not in the childrearing area. One nanny who was mother of three herself, could only handle one of my children at a time, letting my toddler run free on the street. One nanny who was a grandmother of a six year old, thought for a whole month that my three year old was five, and only realized the truth after I told her!

Also, nannies who have had their own children, had raised them in another era, with different childrearing philosophies. Some of them had their strong opinions on how to do things right, that didn’t coincide with mine. Even though they were my employees, because they were older than me, it was difficult dynamic to show respect and at the same time to instruct them in how I wanted things to be done differently with my baby.

My personal experience made me realize firsthand that being a mother is not a qualification that can ensure that the childcare provider is competent.

Part two : The best proof of the quality of aupair childcare 

An Au Pair mom kindly offers more answers to the questions you may interested in.

Happy International Family Day!

May 15 is celebrated as the International Day of the Family.  This day highlights the importance of families. The Au Pair program is the best example of an international family. Under the Au Pair program, Au Pairs , the young adults from around the world, are welcomed into the homes of  Host Families as a families members.

An Au Pair is considered a family member when she helps family with childcare and studying.  An Au Pair offers what other forms of child care can’t: cultural exchange, the personal attention and love that children need. Kids can learn a new language with native speakers, while broadening their perspectives and world knowledge.

The Au Pair is  a big sister for the kids, a person who is an equal and reliable. She provides childcare like a loving member of the family.  Children and host parents bond with their Au Pair and develop long-term friendships. The Au Pair considers host family as a second home –the Place I Call Home Is My Host Family!

The International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate the importance of families to people, societies and cultures around the world. This day is a good opportunity for the host family and the Au Pair to have fun and enjoy their time together as a Family.

Happy Family Day!

An Au Pair and children activities- I need your helping hand

Lend me your hand,  I need your help.

If your host children are small or not craft lovers, these fun and easy holiday craft projects are for them. http://www.craftjr.com/handprint-keepsake-thanksgiving-plate-craft/

Kids will want to lend a helping hand with this hand print turkey project!

An Au  Pair with children may also create a beautiful decoration peace for  Thanksgiving .

A  turkey plate makes a wonderful souvenir that Au Pairs and Host Family will cherish for years to come.

Have Fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Host Families, Au Pairs and everyone!

I love Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel thousands of miles to be with their family. It is time to say thank you for good things that we are grateful for.

Most of All

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.

By Joanna Fuchs

http://www.poemsource.com/thanksgiving-poems.html

Happy Thanksgiving Host Families, Au Pairs , my family,  friends and everyone!

Thank you for being all year through here for me and  make my live extra special.

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