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.

 

To Curfew or not to Curfew your Au Pair?

What is a reasonable curfew for an Au Pair? – Host families often ask me. It depends on an Au Pair age, her maturity level, and family’s rules and believes.

I think that the host family can start with a reasonable curfew when the Au Pair comes to the USA and try to be more open about a later curfew in the future.

Many host parents feel that on evenings when the Au Pair is required to work the next morning, the Au Pair will need to be in the house by certain time. On evenings when the Au Pair is not required to work the next morning, she will not have a specific curfew.

Some host parents feel that the Au Pair is an adult, and expect that she can make a decisions about how late to stay out.

Host families usually ask the Au Pair to call or text them in case if she or he is going to be late because they might be concerned for the Au Pair’s safety.  If the Au Pair wants  to spend the night at her friends’ house, she should let her host family know.The Au Pair is the family member. There are rules for all members of the family, including the Au Pair. Some families feel that they need to know where the Au Pair is going and when she will be home.  They would like to be able to contact the Au Pair in case of emergency.

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.

Au Pair Child Care for military families

By hosting an Au Pair, military families benefit from having extra helping hand while one parent is away. Having another adult at home  helps military families a lot. An Au Pair takes care of the kids, prepares food, assists around the house, drives kids to and from appointments and is available when family needs it most.

Military families benefit greatly from the schedule flexibility that the Au Pair program provides. Also Au Pair program gives the host family an opportunity having the same caregiver if there is a necessity to move frequently in a short period of time. That helps family and kids settle down easily in a new place with their Au Pair.

When military families experience the deployment of the family member, kids may be affected and its can be a source of anxiety for kids. The Au Pair can help since she becomes a family member, a big sister and friend to the kids. The Au Pair will help children to stay connected with deployed parent through video conferencing, taking and sending photos, and doing craft projects.

Go Au Pair greatly values the services provided by our armed forces. Military families who sign up with Go Au Pair receive a $250.00 discount from our standard price.

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