Only take advice from an expert who has been an Au Pair
Everything about au pairing, living abroad, fitting into a family, learning the language, dealing with children and their parents, solving unknown problems, dealing with unfamiliar situations can be challenging, but with hindsight it is great fun and a once in a life time experience.
This blog is also about preparing families to be the best, making an au pair hosting as smooth and enjoyable as possible. I am using my own childcare, teacher, former au pair as well as our host family’s experience.
Au pair placement is one of the most popular ways of living abroad and arranging live-in childcare. I would like to help all of you to succeed in this exciting period.
As a former au pair and expat I know this subject inside out.
I hope you will find my advice helpful!
Confusing Word Families in English (Language Perfect)
There are a series of English words which are frequently confused by students. This article aims to identify them and correct those mistakes. 1. bring vs. take vs. carry vs. fetch TO BRING (like "come") has the idea of movement towards the speaker. TO TAKE (like "go") has the idea of movement away from the speaker. TO CARRY has the... Read more
Christmas projects for kids (Tips for Au Pairs)
It doesn't have to be all play, help your children package up their creations as homemade Christmas gifts for family and friends, and you've got presents with the personal touch checked off your to-do list. Even if they don't have the perfect finish, granny will still be impressed. Polar bear peppermint creams We've fallen heels ... Read more
How to get your kids to behave in a restaurant (Tips for host families)
After news of a Poulsbo, Washington restaurant manager’s surprising “well-behaved children” discount for a family of five with three young children made national news, more parents began to sit up and take notice of how important ensuring their kids’ good behaviour while dining out really is. As those same parents know, however, conquering... Read more
Advent Handcraft Ideas (Bilingual Au Pair Training)
Advent is one of the most exciting times of the year for children (and for some of us grown-ups too!) We have pulled together our collections of advent crafts, advent printables, advent calendars, advent origami and other advent activities to help you enjoy it with your own and your host family. Angels crafts - great ideas from unusual materials... Read more
How to be a fantastic host family? (Tips for host families)
Maintaining a good working relationship with your au pair requires regular communication and negotiation, and showing that you care about your au pair is an essential part of the deal. Asking how your au pair’s day was, including her in family meals and outings, celebrating her birthday, and recognizing important holidays will go a long way... Read more