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What is President's Day?

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Feb 20, 2017 6:30:00 AM

On Monday February 20 people in the United States will celebrate President’s Day. But, what IS President's Day?  

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Topics: Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Education, Parenting, Cultural Event Idea, Traditions, School, National Pride, Vacation, Shopping, Museums, Government

10 Interesting Facts About Valentine's Day

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Feb 14, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14th, each year and marked by school children exchanging Valentines with their classmates, parents and children giving each other sweet treats and tokens of affection and with those in relationships exchanging cards, candy and other gifts to express their feelings for each other.  Here are a few facts about Valentine's Day that you may find interesting:

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Pets, Parenting, Enjoy the Moment, Traditions, Shopping, Gifts

Valentine's Day in America: A Festival of Love

Posted by Karen Higgs Faretta on Feb 13, 2017 6:35:00 PM

 

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Topics: Celebrations, Holidays, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Cultural Event Idea, Traditions, DIY, Friends, Gifts, Love

Fun ways to spread the love this Valentine's Day (and every day)

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Feb 13, 2017 12:59:10 PM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Celebrations, Holidays, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Family, Creativity, Traditions, Decorating, DIY, Home, Gratitude, Love

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Feb 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Valentine’s Day is a holiday rife with opportunities to make crafts. There is no better way for a kid to show their affection for family and friends than by sending a homemade valentine or other craft.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Celebrations, Holidays, Arts and Crafts, Budget, Traditions, DIY

Why does my au pair need a Social Security number?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Jan 31, 2017 12:34:03 PM

One of the questions new host families frequently asks is “Why does my au pair need a Social Security number?”  The quick and easy answer (but not the only answer) is:  Because the Department of State says so.   There are obligations that go with being part of the J-1 Visa program and being invited to spend a year (or two) in the United States. 

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, American Culture, Education, Au Pairs, Host Family, Rules, Au Pair Foundation, Social Security, Driver's License, Department of State, Tuition

What Au Pairs need to understand about privacy and safety (for themselves AND their Host Family)

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Jan 31, 2017 12:33:23 PM

Dear Au Pairs, we get it. We really do.  You are young adults, not children. We understand that some of you have already lived on your own, started (or even completed) college, have traveled extensively, had serious relationships and are technologically savvy.  These are the things that make you great Au Pairs and a fantastic match for many families.

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Au Pairs, Host Family, Social Media, Au Pair Foundation, Respect, Safety, Privacy

It's not too late to make a fitness resolution!

Posted by Michael Hickerson on Jan 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

The beginning of the year is a popular time to make resolutions to make a positive change in the coming year.  And one of the most popular resolutions is to either begin or step-up your workout routine. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Culture, Parenting, Nutrition, Exercise, Fitness, Traditions, Work Life Balance

Baby talk - helping your baby develop through communication

Posted by Karen Higgs Faretta on Jan 24, 2017 10:26:16 AM

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Enjoy the Moment

Indoor Container Gardens (yes, even in winter!)

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Jan 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Looking for ways to get kids interested in the food they eat can be challenging especially when the reward of a gooey treat is not on the menu. Teaching them the importance of knowing where and how the ingredients are sourced is an even bigger sleeper. 

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Food, Family, Nutrition, Gardening, DIY

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