Harmful Advice – 5 ways to damage relations with your host parents.

Have you ever read the Russian book by Gregory Oster Harmful Advice for Naughty Children and Their Parents?  The book “teaches” kids to do bad things in quite humorous fashion.

There are kids who are doing the opposite to what their parents ask them to do. There are also many adults with such a spirit of contradiction.

Here are some  harmful advice for an Au Pair. All these tips are real scenarios that I took from my experience working as  a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair.  Following these is an easy way to receive a rematch with your host family.

Harmful Advice for an Au Pairs.

Harmful tip number 1
Tell your host parents that they do not know how to bring up their kids and that they are doing everything wrong.  Only YOU know how to do that because you have a Master degree in early childhood education. Tell them that their kids are spoiled. Be honest and do not think before you speak, criticize them endlessly.

Harmful tip number 2
Don’t  take responsibility for your actions. Never admit that you made a mistake and do not try to correct the situation.  It is not your fault. Let yourself shine! Wherever you are, whatever you do, YOU are the best!  Give your host parents a chance once again to be sure. Always show that you’re smarter and more knowledgeable than others.

Harmful tip number 3
Forget about gratitude. Do not say “thank you” and ask “How are you?” to your host family. It’s just a waste of your time. The host family must to be nice and polite to YOU. Be strict, when your host parents present you a bar of chocolate, let them know that this one is not your favorite and advice them ask you what kind of chocolate you prefer next time. Mention that your Au Pair friend host parents are the best hosts since they bought her a new IPAD as a present.

Harmful tip number 4
follow house rules and your host parents instructions. Let your parents know that their rules are strange and don’t have any sense. Tell them that YOU do not agree with some of them and your family has never followed such as stupid rules. When you are late home at night, tell them that the curfew is nonsense, you are not a kid anymore. When they caught you constantly texting at work, explain that you are bored at work and need to be in touch with your friends.

Harmful tip number 5
Avoid communication with your host parents. Never admit if you do not understand a word or instructions. Don’t ask questions because they may find that language is a problem for you. Why should you  listen their concerns and advice? Host parents must share their  plans with YOU, but don’t discuss your plans and issues since they don’t care anyway.  Remember, it is impossible to reach a compromise with your hosts -never even try it.

I’m sure that after reading my bad advice you may have more to add.

Au Pairs making friends

When an Au Pair comes to live with the Host Family it is very important to make friends as soon as possible and stay active. Also, it is the best way to cope with homesickness. For any Au Pair who feels lonely or in need of friends, being proactive and seeking out social events is a good way to meet people.

Go Au Pair’s welcome packet has a list of the Au Pairs in the area with addresses and phones. Au Pairs will meet new friends at the Au Pairs’ meeting. If you live in the Philadelphia or NJ area please check an Au Pair activity schedule.

Au Pair’s friends are in the same situation – they are living  away from their family and friends so they have tons of things in common. Taking care of children all day is hard work and they need a break sometimes. Going out with Aupair friends, spending time together, sharing common experiences and cultural differences over a cup of coffee is the best way to relax.

It is better to make friends with Au Pairs from other countries.  Au Pairs will be forced to speak English and will have the side benefit of learning about their cultures.

Au Pairs also will find many new friends at CollegeTravelling together with new friends through the US and exploring a new country is a wonderful way to relax. Au Pairs may meet new friends alone the way too.

Facebook  is  another way to find friends.  Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster formed a group on facebook and they are always ready to lend a hand. We are one big family and we band together.

Anytime you need a Friend we are here for you!

Learning a Foreign Language with an Au Pair

Making a child learn a second language gives that child an educational advantage in the future.

Au Pairs  can  help kids learn a new language in addition to being a childcare provider. They are great language tutors since Au Pairs are with the children on a daily basis. Au Pairs help children learn a second language through study and play which leaves  parents not having to pay for the expensive lessons.

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of the family’s choice is a perfect option. Many bi-lingual families choose to host an Au Pair from a specific country because the Au Pair is able to teach their children the language naturally through every day life.

There are a lot of benefits of learning a foreign language not only for bi-lingual families who have chosen to host an Au Pair.  According  to a cognitive neuroscientist Ellen Bialystok, who has spent almost 40 years learning about bilingualism, every child should  learn a foreign language because it sharpens their mind.

If you need someone right now, Go Au Pair offers the best selection of quality Au Pairs at an affordable cost. A family can choose from transition, extension and overseas Au Pairs.

Au Pairs and students activities

According to The Department of State requirement, every Au Pair must attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post secondary institution( usually Colleges) for not less than six semester hours of academic credit. There are MANY activities available for Au Pairs in Colleges to enjoy and explore during their learning time. Students activities are an important part of students life and usually open to all students.

Colleges  have many students programs, clubs, organizations and the students can find them on their  College’s websites. Every College has a Calendar of Events that offers a wide variety of lectures, exhibits, concerts, performance, and special events that represent different cultures.

A wide variety of organizations are available for students interested in music participation, theater or dance clubs.

There are many sports clubs like baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and much more.

It is important to Au Pairs get involved in student’s life.

Here are top 10 reasons for getting involved in college activities.

10. Take a break from studying and working

9. Get the most out of your Au Pair experience.

8. Explore your interests.

7. Improve your skills.

6. Learn more about your community.

5. Make new friends and connections.

4. Lend a helping hand.

3. Be a better student.

2.  Feed a new interest.


An amazing Christmas and New Year with my Host Family!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Oh, how I love Christmas… too bad it goes by so fast and we’re left only with the memories, the presents, the pictures and-unfortunately-the dozens of wrapping paper and cardboard boxes to clean.

But it is a magical time and I had an amazing Christmas with my Host Family. We sang Happy Birthday to baby Jesus and to Allison’s father, I ate a gingerbread house for the first time and waited for Santa in my snowmen pajama.

On the morning of the 25th, we were all up early to see what Mr. Claus had brought us for being good and, oh boy, we must have done a pretty good job ‘cause the kids are still opening some of the gifts.

We’re all truly blessed.

Then came New Year’s Eve and I heard some of my friends from Go Au Pair celebrated with Lady Gaga at Times Square. Awesome! I wanna know everything.

My celebration was a bit modest. I started the year doing what I do best: eating, watching a Big Bang Theory Marathon and reading my beloved books and I loved it all.

Joey was off school, so we took a trip to the Pocono Mountains and stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge, an indoors water park.

We all had an incredible time and I felt like a kid again, playing basketball with Joey and frolicking around with Olivia.

Looks like the beginning of a great year…

An Au Pair went to Disney World with her Host Family -a dream came true.

Ying, an Au Pair from China had a great trip to Disney World with her amazing host family from Philadelphia. Ying’s dream to visit Disney World with her host family came true.

Ying had a fantastic time with her three host children. She wants to share her experience and photos and thank her family for a special time and memories.

“I am excited to go Disney World with my host family for Christmas. I’m very appreciative for my host family to take me to this trip. We had a wonderful time there.

We went to Disney Epcot and Hollywood Studio. As Disney said, ” Let’s make dream come true.”  This is my dream to have fun in Disney world with my host family. Also this trip is to celebrate one of my host children Tasha’s birthday. She is happy to have her birthday party in Disney.

We came to Disney Brown Derby for dinner and had delicious food there. We all glad to meet every Disney character and I felt like get back to my childhood.

When we get into Disney World, it is really like let’s the memories begin. I enjoy this trip in Orlando especially there is no disney in my hometown.

It was a great experience for me to visit the biggest Disney World in the US with my host family.  Thank you very much!”

Watch my movie 

Wishing You Holiday Cheer!

One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say to my dear Host Families, my wonderful Au Pairs , superb Go Au Pair agency‘s staff  and my great readers “Thank You” and to wish the very best for the New Year!

Holiday time wishes for warmth and good cheer

happiness now and in the New Year!

Feel secure with an Au Pair.

An Au Pair provides a reliable and stable child care environment and brings flexibility and convenience of live-in provider to the family.

An Au Pair will provide flexible in-home care and personalized child supervision. Host family can arrange  her weekly working hours to fit the family’s needs.

Parents  feel secure with the Au Pair.  Snow days or sick days are no longer a problem.  No needs to get up early to get kids ready to go to daycare and rush back home if parents are late from work. Parents can go out together.

When parents put kids in daycare they really cannot trust who is taking care of their kids. Children aren’t going to get the love and care that they truly deserve because other kids are in need of attention at the same time.

An Au Pair is young and motivated, she is able to stimulate an active play, likes going out and running with the kids and doing creative stuff. The children are able to spend all day in a safe, secure and loving environment with someone who has become a member of their family.

In daycare, children are most likely going to get sick a few times per year. Diseases and germs spread around daycare centers, rooms and toys are not properly cleaned and disinfected.

Choosing an Au Pair provides the family with secure and flexible live-in childcare. Instead of sending children away to impersonal daycare centers that charge separately for each child, children stay in the comfort of their own home with a qualified, caring Au Pair who provides a personal touch and gives them the personal attention that they need.

My First Thanksgiving

Gobble, gobble!

How are you doing?  I’m here to talk about my first Thanksgiving here, as an Au Pair with my lovely host family.

As you already know I’m from Brazil and we don’t celebrate this Holiday there. I kinda knew what to expect, though because I used to work in a language school before I came to the U.S.

Well, let’s just say I was really surprised when November 24 came.

The day started early and everyone was very excited.

We went to my host mother’s sister’s house and  saw (and devoured) the result of a week of cooking:

Two kinds of lasagna, mashed potatoes, ham, vegetables, different types of pies, cakes and, of course, the famous turkey.

The family was together talking, watching football and Joey and Olivia were having a great time playing together and with their father.

I don’t need to talk about the leftovers, do I? Well, let’s say I was thankful til the next day.

To sum up: My first Thanksgiving was a success and I must say I’m thankful for these amazing people welcoming me into their family.

What about your Thanksgiving? How did you celebrated it?

Can’t wait for Christmas. Of course you will know about it here!  😉

2011 Photo Contest “Au Pairs Having Fun”

Please help us choose the winners!

2011 Go Au Pair Amateur Photo Competition “Au Pairs Having Fun” has begun!

The participants of the contest are Au Pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks & Montgomery Counties and parts of NJ cluster.

Please vote and help us find the FINALISTS!

The top 3 winners will receive prizes at our Holiday Party!

All votes must be submitted by December 15, 2011 at midnight.

If you are selected as a finalist, feel free to announce it on facebook, twitter, email your friends and family and get your friends to vote for you!  Good Luck!

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