An Au Pair, a long lost cousin from another country.

The new Au Pair is coming to the first time Host Family in NJ. It is an exciting moment. The host mom had emailed me several times with her questions and asked me how she can help her new Au Pair, Maria, adjust quickly to her new life, find college classes and make friends.
First three days an Au Par usually spends with other Au Pairs in goAUPAIR’s free workshop in NYC. The workshop includes 32 hours of training on safety and child development and guided tour of New York City.

When an Au Pair gets to her Host Family, everything will be absolutely new for her. She is a very long way from home, where she probably had a very different lifestyle, sleeping cycles, eating patterns, and daily activities. Here, she will have no friends, language difficulties and cultural shock.  She will have to get used to her new place, host family members, lifestyle, culture and food.

My advice would be to give her some time. Be patient. Patience and understanding will help your Au Pair to adjust.  Giving her positive feedback, support, and praise when she gets things right, will also aid in the transition. It is important to treat your Au Pair like a family member, remember and respect her cultural differences. If she feels like a valued family member, she will want to contribute to the family and try hard to do her very best.

In order to assure a smooth transition, it might be helpful to encourage your Au Pair to spend time with host family in her free time, and not to hurry to her room to call, skype or email home. Also, encourage her to make a connections with other Au Pairs, attend Au Pair meetings, get started with college classes and other activities in the States.

I am proud to say that my new host family mentioned that they are going to treat Maria like “a long lost cousin from another country and to make her happy in their family”.

Happy Au Pairs means happy children and happy families!
Go AU PAIR, a great program for your live-in childcare needs!

Thank you to the Au Pair for the love and commitment to the kids and much more…

Dear Au Pair,
In this week of Thanksgiving, here are many reasons –  that the Host Families are thankful for.

Our special Thanks for all your love and commitment to our children.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

…for willingness to come into our lives

…for sharing your adventure with us

…for being an essential member and valued addition to our family

…for your hard work to care for the kids

…for your patience and understanding

…for inspiring and teaching kids every moment

…for being a positive role model for the kids

…for opening kids’ eyes to the world outside of the U.S. and helping them to learn a new language

…for giving us an opportunity to relax, have a date and time for ourselves

…for cooking delicious dishes from your country and sharing with us the secrets 🙂

…for willingness to help when we were too timid to ask you

…for  capturing the treasured memories and pictures of our family 🙂

…for unforgettable cultural experience you brought into our home

Thank you for what you have given to our family!

Thank you for being outstanding an Au Pair 🙂

Thank you again, and again, we love you……… and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Would you also like to say thank your Au Pair for something??  Come join.

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.

Why hire an Au Pair?- “To find someone who will truly love my children”.

Recently I interviewed a new Host Family in Philadelphia.  I met a lovely family with two adorable one-year old twin girls. I immediately noticed how these sweet cute girls were adored by their parents. The interview ran fine, we discussed child care while both parents holding one child, playing and kissing them with boundless love.

We came to the questions and I asked, “What made your family decide to host an Au Pair over other childcare options?” The father said, “I don’t want a nanny any more for my kids. The last nanny did a fine job, but she didn’t bond with the children. I am looking for someone who will truly love my children as a family member. I have read several  host families’ reviews about the Au Pair program and goAUPAIR Agency.  And I want to try this program with goAUPAIR .  From your experience, is it possible to find an Au Pair who will truly love my children?”

“I believe YES,” I said. I knew that because just recently one Au Pair mentioned that the kid she takes care of called her ‘mommy’. Another said that their kid accidentally called his mom by his Au Pair name and the whole weekend continuously asked about her.

Some parents feel jealous, but many parents like it, knowing that the children did that because the Au Pairs treated them with all their love.

Many Au Pairs call Host Family kids ‘my kids’.  The conversation between Au Pairs changed to the kids very quickly, usually starting, “my little one is so cute, yesterday he said to me…….,” and ending, “ I don’t know how I can leave my kids when the time is up………?”

That is why I believe that many Au Pairs love host family babies as much as their own kids and children as their siblings.

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