Be a champion!

Many Au Pairs ask about how to have a successful Au Pair year in America? I always say, start from the beginning and build a great relationship with your host family. If you want the family to love and respect you, you have to show a respect and create love in your heart. We have to back everything we say or do in our life. Give the family your one hundred percent at work attitude, be always there for your family, work hard to bond with the children, respect family’s rules and you will have a wonderful year. You will be a winner in many ways! family rulesI want to share this story about Echo and life. “A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!” Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!” He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?” The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!” The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.Go Au Pair volunteering at FRUA-10 Be a champion and win a successful Au Pair year!

April is the Month of the Military Child.

Do you know that approximately 1.9 million military children  from newborn to 18 years old live the US?  And half of our military children have Active Duty parents, and approximately 225,000 have a parent who is currently deployed.

Military kids face challenges and changes more that other kids.  They often attend multiple schools, leaving old friends and making new friends repeatedly.  Sometimes they need to move mid-school year.  Their parents coming and going and they don’t know what happens tomorrow. It is a lot of stress, especially for a young child or teenager.

“At any moment, mom or dad could be deployed or the family could be relocated.  It is essential that a child care provider be flexible and able to keep the family connected through activities such as video conferencing or Skype in addition to traditional child care”  said  Andrea Kakuk in her Press Release Go Au Pair Supports Troops With an Army of “CARE GIVERS”

 

Live-in Au Pair Child Care in particular tremendously benefit military families. When a military family member deploys, it can be a rough transition for a whole family.  The Au Pair will relocate with the host family and  helps make the transition to a “new” life easier. She will help kids cope with stress.

As a part of the family, Au Pair is aware of the kids’ feelings, supporting and encouraging them. The Au Pair spend comforting quality time with children and play together. Having an additional adult in the home provides extra support, particularly for military families.  Military parents can serve the country knowing that their kids are at home with a qualified, trusted “family member”.


“Go Au Pair supports troops with an army of “care givers‘ and offers an exclusive $250 discount off the program fee to military families.

An Au Pair is a part of a family.

Being a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair for many years, I met many happy host families and I see how incredibly powerful the Au Pair program is! Go Au Pair

The Au Pair program offers what other forms of childcare can’t:  the  benefit of giving the family exposure to other languages, lifestyles, and customs. The Au Pair program opens minds and hearts to other cultures, children and host parents bond with their Au Pair and develop long-term friendships.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In addition, the Au Pair provides a loving childcare as a family since she is more than a babysitter; she is an extended member of the family. Kids often introduce their Au Pairs as big sisters/brothers.  Small kids from a host family that came from India call their Au Pair “anty”.  Au Pairs act like family members,  participate in the family and kids lives and kids really love them. I like my aupair

Many Au Pairs spend their free time with kids, attending kids games and events during their spare time. They truly love their host kids. I have noticed that many Au Pairs call Host Family kids – ‘my kids’.  The conversation between Au Pairs changes 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………?”

Go beyond basic childcare the Au Pair participates in the host family lives and activities of the children, becomes a part of the families, a big sisters/brothers to host family kids. The Host family and the Au Pair often develop a life-long friendship, keep in touch and visit each other. Au pair bucks county

The Au Pairs become an extended family members and consider their host family as a second home –the Place I Call Home Is My Host Family!

Today is Thank You Day.

January 11, 2012 is the most polite date of the year- International Thank You Day. The words”thank you” spoken in all languages ​​of the world and are critical to the culture of any nation.

 

Dear Au Pairs, Please teach the host children the appreciation and gratitude. The best way to teach kids is by modeling the behavior themselves.  Show your gratitude to others, to the older and youngest, to the host family members and friends. 

We all recognize the importance of good manners, their necessity in everyday life.  Most “thank you’s” we say without thinking of their meaning.

Gratitude possesses a magical power – with its help people show affection and positive emotions – something without which our lives would be sparse and bleak.

International Thank You Day is the ideal opportunity to recognize and demonstrate the extent of your gratefulness to the people who make your days what they are. The power words “thank you” can uplift the everyone around you.

Make a grateful attitude feel like a powerful rule to live by. By the way, Thank You for reading Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog.

 

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.

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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!

Be Present. Stop Worrying.

Recently, Erin Owen, Mom of 2 boys, Author, Speaker, and an Eastern-Inspired Performance Breakthrough Coach started writing parenting advice on ” How to be a parent and a professional without losing your mind.”

Here, Erin shares parenting secrets with Go Au Pair’s blog readers. This post is first one from series of posts from a coach that provides help for busy parents.

Notice when that onslaught of distracting thoughts starts speeding down the interstate highway of your mind and pause. Give yourself permission to let that all go for now—not forever, just for now—and give your full loving attention (body, mind, and spirit) to your child or the task at hand.

If need be, take a moment to make a list of the things spinning through your head so you can trust that you won’t forget them.

When you divide your attention among two or more subjects or activities, each of those recipients gets less of you AND you are less effective in what you are trying to accomplish. Don’t just take my word for it: there are research studies that have been done on the brain and students and professionals that support this.

From the Eastern perspective, this is about your energy and where you direct it. The reality is you’ll get more back from what you focus on. If you want more of something, give more to it. If you want something to stop or go away,  ignore it. (Think of this in the context of parenting and reinforcing positive behaviors versus ignoring the less-than-desirable behaviors.)

If you want a more enjoyable and satisfying relationship with your child, then Be Present. Stop making lists about what you haven’t accomplished at work when you’re with your child. Invite all your senses to be 100% with your child.

If you want to be more productive and successful at work, then Be Present. Stop worrying about how little time you’re spending with your kids. Stop feeling guilty. Give yourself permission to let that go when you’re at work by taking a few deep breaths and direct your attention to the task at hand.

In the end, you’ll enjoy being a parent more, connect in a more meaningful way with your children (and they will notice), and benefit from performing better at work too!

 

By Erin Owen, Mom of 2 boys age 6 and 2, Author, Speaker, and an Eastern-Inspired Performance Breakthrough Coach

Erin shares more Eastern-inspired ideas about time management and being present in her book Recharge, Refuel, and Re-energize: The Conscious Entrepreneur’s Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Time and Energy. You can download the first free chapter of the book

 

 

Celebration of Gratitude on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving  is the ideal opportunity to recognize and demonstrate the extent of our gratefulness to the Host Families,  Au Pairs, family and friends who make our days what they are. The power words “thank you” can uplift the people around.

I am proud to be a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair I am thankful for this opportunity. I am thankful for the host families who open their home and hearts to an unforgettable cultural experience. I am also thankful  for great relationship and friendship with  Au Pairs and sharing their journey with me. Thank you to my family and friends for always being there for me, for their love and encouragement.

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

 Happy Thanksgiving host familiesAu Pairs, my family, my friends and everyone! Thank you again!

7 Tips to Instill in Children a Love of Reading.

The love of books  is one of the best gifts parents can give their children. Reading helps in all areas of our lives. In addition, it makes our leisure time more enjoyable and fun.

How can parents instill in children a love of reading?

Regularly read to your child. Do this with expression and role-playing.
Read more for yourself. Show your child by example that reading – is an interesting and useful exercise.
Talk with your children about the books they read. Discuss interesting stories and share the thoughts.

Assign half an hour in your schedule for family reading.
Give your child books for the holidays. Children’s books are always very attentive gifts.
Make every second Sunday or Saturday of the month “a library day.”

Au Pairs can help. Many Au Pairs have passion for books and love reading. They enjoy reading with children, storytelling or having fun reading together. Reading with the child consistently every day will instill the reading habit.

The secret power of a smile.

There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all. Anonymous.

October 5th, 2012 is Word Smile Day.  Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. Harvey Ball is known to have created the Smiley Face in 1963.[1] The World’s first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since.-from Wikipedia.

The Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program. The program helps Au Pairs and Host Families explore other cultures. If they don’t understand sometimes each other- here is the secret power of a smile 🙂 – the universal language of kindness.

Did you know that a smile can predict how long you will live and that a simple smile has a significant impact on your well-being in general?

Scientifically proven that smiling prolong life. A smile strengthens your immune system. A smile can really improve your physical health too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which promotes good health.

A smile relieves stress. Your body immediately starts to produce endorphins, when you smile, even when forcing yourself to do it. This sudden change of mood to help you feel better and relieve stress.

A smile makes a person more attractive, sociable and confident.  When people smile a lot they are more likely to be successful.

Also smile is a universal sign of happiness. Despite the fact that the handshakes, hugs and bows have different meanings in different cultures. A smile is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and approval 🙂

A smile is an international language, everybody can understand a  smile.

Lets celebrate World Smile Day – and make someone smile today!

How to avoid impulse shopping

Au Pairs live with host family with full  board accommodation and are able to go to American college for free and also earn money.

Some Au Pairs are looking to save money for college, a car or starting business when they come home. So avoid impulsive purchases – this is the most insidious enemy of your frugality.


How to deal with an uncontrollable desire to waste money?

Put the cost in the amount of energy expended. Calculate how much money you earn per hour and the next time you want to buy something, count how many wasted hours of your life is the thing. If you do not mind the money, at least spare your time.

Be aware of your goals. Surely you have some major financial goal.

Plan your purchases. Follow the plan, rather than momentum. Such a little thing like a shopping list can significantly reduce your costs.

Set a rule of thirty days. Decide for yourself that the interval between your purchases must be at least thirty days. Of course, this rule does not apply to food and other necessities such as medicines, for example.
Outsmart your impulses. Bring as much cash as you plan to spend. Then even if you are want to buy another useless thing, you simply won’t be able to do it.

Ask questions. Before you buy something, ask yourself a question. Will this purchase improve your life? Be honest with yourself, and you can better control your budget, because impulsive buying is wasteful .

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