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Kim Wunderlich-Cady

Kim Wunderlich-Cady is a wife, a mommy, has 15 years of experience working with J-1 Visitors and over 25 years of experience in the fields of Finance and Learning and Development. Kim is insurance and Series 7 licensed. She is an avid traveler and reader and envisioned and hosted an online message board for people from all over the world, making the world a smaller and more friendly place, long before Facebook existed.

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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

Au Pairs and Driving

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Oct 6, 2016 8:25:00 AM

There are sections in the Host Family and Au Pair guides regarding driving but this blog post will provide a quick and easy reference that you may find very helpful.

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Au Pairs, Host Family, Rules, Childcare, Au Pair Foundation, Driver's License, Safety, Driving

Why can't we all just get along?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 17, 2016 9:05:00 AM

You’ve matched with an au pair and everything is wonderful.  He or she is so excited to be coming! Your entire family is ready to welcome them!  The room is prepared, plans are made.  The kids are asking if “today is the day”, every day.  Time has never moved so slowly.

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Topics: Stress Relief, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Conflict Resolution, Rules, Family, Au Pair Foundation

Retail America (almost) Broke Christmas (for me)

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 12, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Food, Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, Parenting, Family, Summer, Community, Traditions, Planning, Fall, Seasons

What is the deal with Pumpkin Spice?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 6, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Okay, I like pumpkin pie as much as the next true blue, fall and Thanksgiving loving American.  There is nothing like a flaky buttery crust (or graham cracker for those of you who enjoy that), thick creamy pumpkin filling, and that dollop of whipped cream (or Cool Whip for you non-dairy types).  Or more than a dollop.  Okay fine, I cover the entire pie slice with a triangle of whipped cream. Don’t judge me! But things have truly gotten out of hand.

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Topics: Food, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fall, Seasons

Facing my fears with the help of my 4 year old

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The parent of a 4 year old, especially a 4 year old boy, is in for a very rough road if they have a phobia-level fear of insects.  And I do.

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Fun with Kids, Health and Wellness, Parenting, Making Memories

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

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 12, 2016 6:58:25 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

How to organize a "Block Party"

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Every culture has parties and celebrations of some sort.  American culture has many of these, most with a focus on a specific holiday, event or season.   But we also have a little something called the “Block Party”.  A neighborly get-together and food-fest that usually coincides with absolutely nothing at all, except everyone’s desire to share food and fun.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Food, Culture, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Family Day, Cultural Event Idea, Community, Neighbors

Why does my au pair need a Social Security number?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Jul 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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

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