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!

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!

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!

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 .

Focus on the important things.

There are so many things an Au Pairs can do in their  free time.  Some of the favorite things for many Au Pairs are spending time on the Internet-sending the emails, chatting on facebook,  skyping with their families and  friends and doing homework or researching things on the Internet.  Sometimes they like reading books, watching movie, watching videos on YouTube and playing games.

Computer, IPad, IPhone, Internet  enslave us to many of their distractions and entertainment. Many people become victims of the pitfalls that the new technologies and Internet has created for us.

Since the foundation of the Au Pair program is cultural exchange, Au Pairs are meant to become part of the host family, learning American culture, studying at College and  traveling with friends.

Don’t waste your time, go out with your host family friends and explore the USA.

How best to use all its power the Internet, without having to constantly get caught on the hook for his distractions? Those three little habits or skills we need to master.

  1. Set a specific time to perform . Choose a great job, and set a limited time for its implementation. This may be one hour, 20 minutes or even 10. Limited time helps to focus quickly and, therefore, to take up more quickly
  2. Close all unnecessary . This means that you will need to close everything that has no relation to what you are doing at this moment.  If you do not need the Internet for your job – then close it.
  3. Don’t open anything that can distract you.Think about whether you really want to spray your time and life on so many little things every day. Perhaps the choice to do what you really need fast will stop you.

When your time comes out, you can give yourself a few minutes to browse your favorite sites. This will be a reward for your hard work. When you need to focus – follow these skills and develop them.

Focus on the important things. First of all,  you need to explore new country, learn new things, experience new culture and make new friends.

Miss your favorite Au Pair?

Go Au Pair offers five types of Au Pair programs.

One of the them, Au Pair Again program allows an Au Pair to enroll in the Au Pair program a second time. This regulation stays that after two years from the program end date, an Au Pair may apply to the program again.

Through the Au Pair Again program, Au Pairs must meet the standard Au Pair requirements in addition to providing proof of successful completion of their initial Au Pair program, including the education requirement.  Read more about Au Pair Again program 

If you have a favorite Au Pair who is under 27 and wants to return, just contact her and invite her to be your Au Pair again.

Dear Au Pairs,

The Au Pair Again program allows former Au Pairs to return to the U.S. again with their original family or with a new one. If you under 27, successfully complete your initial Au Pair program and after two years want to be an Au Pair again, please contact Go Au Pair agency.

Welcome back!

The “greener grass” syndrome.

The grass is always greener on the other side, and the other side is always greener no matter which side you are.

Nothing is perfect and sometime we tend to squander the opportunity right in front of us.

Some of Au Pairs complain about their relationship with a Host Family because they think that their current family is just not good enough. Instead of working hard on the relationship, they think here are better options out there searching for their “greener grass”.

What is so bad about having the “greener grass” syndrome? If an Au Pair has this syndrome, chances are she is missing out lots of things she currently has now.

How To Cure The “Greener Grass” Syndrome.

The first thing to do is to acknowledge that your current host family is your best family for you right now. Apply your best effort in building a strong relationship with your family. Good communication helps solve most problems in the au pair and a host family relationship.

Last but not least,  remember that the grass is always greener on the side which you water. Avoid  the “greener grass” syndrome and “water” your relationship with your host family to “grow” a beautiful green grass where you are.

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