How to get your kids to behave in a restaurant
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
How to be a fantastic host family?
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
How to help your children transition from one au pair to another
Inviting an au pair into the family home is a wonderful way to provide children with quality child care. Au pairs often form bonds with children that even full-time nannies may not be able to, and parents are often comforted by the knowledge that a child’s au pair's is a regular presence in their children’s lives. However, inevitably, there... Read more
How to be a successful host family?
ChildcareAn au pairs main responsibility is to take care of the host family's children. The au pair is expected to play with and occupy the children, help with their homework and take them to school, kindergarten or to their other activities. In addition, the au pair assists the family with light housework during the au pair stay, the children get... Read more
Some advice for host families – What to do in the first few days I.
Many au pairs will have travelled some distance to arrive in a foreign country. It is reasonable to give some time for recovery from the journey and to allow for acclimatisation to the new surroundings. You will find out much more about your new guest in the first few days. You will need to teach the au pair many things about the running of your... Read more
10 good reasons to hire an au pair
1. Flexible childcare, the hours you need childcare for change slightly week by week, or you need help before and after school hours and more in the school holidays. 2. Someone to help you with endless household chores, tidying, washing, food preparation, even dog walking! 3. Someone to occupy 1 or 2 of your children whilst you attend to/do... Read more
Communication with a non-native English speaker
Do not ask “do you understand?” Ask comprehension-checking questions. It is human nature to say “yes” when someone asks if we understand – even if we do not. This is especially true when we are feeling embarrassed or under pressure, which au pairs may feel during the beginning of their au pair year! So, after explaining a new concept to... Read more
Au pairs, nannies and other people working in your home
Do you want to live with a host family in the UK and look after their children, whilst learning more about the British culture and language? Do the quick check and find out if you are eligible to be an au pair in the UK. Do you want to host an au pair in your household to have an extra pair of hand to help you out? Do the quick check and find... Read more