TV limits. How Much TV Should Kids Watch?

Kids are spending more time with screen media than ever before.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — one of the only established organizations to make recommendations on screen time — offers guidelines that put limits on media exposure.

The average American child watches a few hours of TV a day, despite a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that kids 2 and older watch no more than one to two hours daily. The AAP recommends that kids under 2 watch nothing at all.

Because of a busy life, parents often use videos or television as a babysitter.  Many modern families choose the Au Pair Program instead. Over 20,000 American families each year prefer Au Pairs to nannies and daycares for childcare.

Au Pairs have a vested interest in being a great childcare provider because they are young, sporty, inspired and motivated to be a great role model for the kids.  It is common keeping kids active and healthy with the Au Pair help.
Here are some ideas what an Au pair can do with the host family kids at home instead of watching TV, playing video games or surfing on the computer. Au Pair Easter

You can view summer activities at Go Au Pair blog  a list of summer activities.  As parents, we should teach our kids to make healthy choices when it comes to screen time, just like anything else that affects kids health.

 

 

 

 

 

Mission of the Au Pair Program

According to Go Au Pair agency,”The Au Pair Program is an amazing opportunity to introduce a cultural childcare experience to your family “Heart Au Pairs

Many host families welcome the life-enriching experiences that are tied to cultural exchange. The program’s mission is to build friendships, learn other cultures and better understand other people. The Host Family Mission is to

  • Positively represent the United States
  • Include the Au Pair as a member of the family
  • Assist and encourage their Au Pair to experience American life
  • Understand that they are the Au Pair’s family while she is in the US
  • Guide the Au Pair through completing her Au Pair program

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I like a very positive and encouraging statement that Summer Blackhurst, the author of Go Au Pair blog, wrote in her post, “The Au Pair program is a life changing experience and, while it doesn’t come without its share of challenges, the attachments, cultural benefits, and even losses are all worth it. Being an Au Pair or having an Au Pair changes people for the better.”

I think that Summer posted the best explanation of the Au Pair program mission, ” a life changing experience that changes people for the better.”

 

 

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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The last blog post in 2012.

Wishing Happy New 2013 Year to the Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair agency, friends and my blog readers.

Au Pair new year

This is the last post in 2012 and an annual blog summary post. I didn’t plan creating an end summary post, but WordPress.com did it for me. I also add two new pages Programs Rules and Sitemap to my blog for my readers convenience. The new page Sitemap introduces new readers to my blog content and navigates better my regular readers.

Here is my 2012 in blogging.

WordPress.com shared this information with me.  This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals!

In 2012, there were 99 new posts, (now is 100 posts) growing the total archive of this blog to 212 posts. There were 277 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 208 MB. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 23rd with 158 views. The most popular post that day was Harmful Advice – 5 ways to damage relations with your host parents..

2012-2013
These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

How did you find Go Au Pair blog? August 2012

2. Au Pairs cook healthy food with kids.  March 2012

3. Which country is the best au pair from? August 2011

Aupair new year

The top referring sites in 2012 were:

facebook.com
craigslist.org
goaupair.com

Where did they come from?

That’s 142 countries in all! Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Brazil were not far behind.

See you at 2013!

Happy holidays

30,000 views on Go Au Pair blog.

Hello World!

Thanks so much for stopping at my blog, the place where I can share my great experience working as a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair

I enjoy my job. Host families from my cluster notice that I provide high quality services and resources to ensure that my host families receive individualized attention: “I personally had very good experience with Go Au Pair local area representative for this area ( Philadelphia , NJ). Read Go Au Pair Host Family testimonials.

I started Go Au Pair blog almost two years ago to support Host Families and Au Pairs in Philadelphia and suburban, Montgomery, Bucks County and close NJ. It took me one and a half years to reach 20,000 page views of my blog and it took less than 6 months to have another 10,000 views.

I reached 30,000 page views of my blog! Another blogging milestone. I’m excited to receive this many page views.  Thank you to everyone for spending a little time with my blog. I would like to thank Au Pairs and Host Families who contributed to my blog by writing interesting posts.

I hope that my blog is helpful and Host Families, Au Pairs and my readers found much useful information here. My blog contains 29 pages and 172 posts now. I recently added a new page Popular posts where you can see the most readable posts on my blog. You may have noticed that I created the sidebar with The Host family Library and The Au Pair Library for my readers’ references.

Who are my readers? Of course, first of all, it is Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair. Most of my readers live in the USA: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, New York, Utah and Virginia.

My blog is also read by people from 125 countries around the world. WOW, it is exciting! Many readers are my former Au Pairs from Colombia, Germany, Brazil, South Africa and China. Hi Guys, I miss you! 🙂

As my cluster expanded very fast, I believe this blog helped many families to get to know the Go Au Pair cluster in the Philly and NJ area better and make the decision to join us as a host family.


Thanks for checking out this blog and come back to my blog soon!

Host Families House Rules.

Every family does things differently.  Some host parents may set out the rules of the house to establish boundaries for an Au Pair. This is why  house rules are very important. I suggest establishing and sending  house rules before the parents match with an Au Pair. It gives the Au Pair a clue what to expect and a reference to important and often different ways of doing things in host parent home. 

The host family rules can be a part of the Au Pair Host Family Handbook. Host Families are allowed to set house rules which include:

○ Guests
○ Curfew
○ Phone and internet use
○ Car use

Host Families will list this information on their Written Agreement, which an Au Pair signs prior to arrival.  Au Pairs will be required to follow the rules in the home while they are with the Host Family.  An Au Pair will review all of the house rules in detail during the Orientation.

Host parents also can review and revise goAUPAIR Family Handbook (1) to set limits and rules that gives the Au Pair a reference to  host family’s  rules and important information.

This is also a reference she can use when she has forgotten something that parents have told her.


20,000 views on my blog.

Another blogging milestone. Today I reached 20,000 page views of my blog! I’m excited to receive this many page views.  Thank you to everyone for spending a little time with my blog.

I started Go Au Pair blog at September 2010 to support Host Families and Au Pairs in Philadelphia and suburban, Montgomery, Bucks County and close NJ. It took me one and a half years to reach 20,000 page views of my blog.

My blog contains 132 posts and 28 pages. Many people contributed to my blog, writing interesting posts and even series of posts. I would like to thank you my former Au Pair Lala from South Africa, who wrote My Au Pair Year.

The host mom Anna, who is in her six year of hosting au pairs,  kindly contribute to this blog. She wrote many posts which are very  popular in her series From An Au Pair mom. Anna also answered many questions that new host families often ask. How can a young Au Pair be a good caregiver?  Which country is the best au pair from?   No doubt that many of her posts have so many hits!

I also would like thank you the Au Pair Juliana,  from Brazil, who lives now in Bucks County near Philadelphia, for writing her wonderful Au Pair Journal, and many other Au Pairs. I can’t do this without your help and support.

I enjoy working as a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. We do many interesting things together with Au Pairs from my cluster: going to the interesting  places, organizing parties, volunteering and supporting each other like a big family. This blog is the place where we can share our wonderful experience with each other and you, my dear reader.
If you are reading this blog for the first time welcome to Au Pair world!
Thanks for checking out my blog  and I hope you’ll return soon!

YOU KNOW YOU’RE AN AU PAIR WHEN…

Hi, everyone!

Here are my friends Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency and I at the Brazilian Festival  which we had recently, here, in Bucks County, near Philadelphia. It was the best event ever and we had a lot of fun.

Spring is coming, the weather is getting warmer and warmer and our host kids are becoming VERY excited about all the activities we’re about to do.

I often find myself more excited about some things than my kids, though…

and that’s the topic of this post.

  You know you’re an au pair when...

You have a list of  your favorite Sesame Street videos (and insist with a two year-old that that’s better than others).

Here’s a list of mine:

Ok Go: colors

C is for Cookies

Elmo’s song

Elmo’s got the moves

Feist’s 1234

Ricki Gervais’ Elmo Lullaby

Well, that’s it for today. I’ll be back soon with more fun stuff.

See ya!

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