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Unique and useful gifts for expectant parents

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Jul 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If someone you know is expecting a baby and you have the urge to gift them with something unique and truly useful instead of the standard 4-pack of receiving blankets or a squeaking giraffe, we’ve got some great ideas for you.

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Topics: Money, Au Pairs, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation, Saving Money, Budget

Cultural exchange opportunities without leaving home

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 5, 2016 9:03:57 AM

With the world feeling smaller and smaller every day, we can all benefit from opportunities for cultural exchange. Not all of us can afford to jet set around and see different countries first hand, though. However, there are some ways that we can experience some of the cultural exchange that traveling can bring without the money and inconvenience of travelling!

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Culture, American Culture, au pair, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation, Saving Money, Exchange Students, World Culture, Community, Travel, Vacation

Vacation Childcare Solutions

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 6, 2016 10:04:35 AM

Now that it’s summer, many of us are preparing to take our families on vacation. Vacation can be a really fun time for the whole family, but sometimes you may want to spend some time alone or with your spouse and will want and need childcare. It can be hard enough finding good childcare at home, how are you supposed to find it when you are away from home and don’t know anyone? Here are some ideas for solving your vacation childcare dilemmas.

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Topics: Holidays, Au Pairs, Family, Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation, Summer, Travel, Vacation

How to live like a royal on a regular person's income

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Apr 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM

It would be great to be rich, enjoy all of the luxuries that come with wealth and not have to worry about finances. Unfortunately for most of us, yachts and mansions will remain a dream. However, even regular folks (like me!) can have some of the pampered lifestyle perks by taking advantage of a few of the more easily attainable “extras” that can make one feel special and spoiled.

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Topics: Money, Au Pairs, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation, Celebrities, Luxury

Helping your children learn a second language

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Apr 20, 2016 8:54:34 AM

In our increasingly globalized society, it has become more important than ever to speak a second language. The older you get the harder it is to learn languages, so to give your kids the best start you should start language instruction early. However, just raising kids with the basics can be hectic enough, never mind trying to fit in language lessons! Luckily, there are a couple of ways that kids can learn a second language from the comfort and convenience of home.

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Topics: kids and learning, Culture, Education, Au Pairs, Parenting, Au Pair Foundation, Foreign Language

Why can't we all just get along?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Mar 29, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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

Can I give my au pair a "curfew" ?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Mar 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Host families, especially those new to having au pairs, often struggle with the “curfew” question.   We could easily say “Yes” or “No” and leave it at that, but we realize that there are many factors that can and should be considered before trying to give an au pair restrictions around their socializing and personal time.

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Topics: American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Rules, Au Pair Foundation

Preparing children to be global citizens

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Mar 10, 2016 9:50:56 AM

The Internet and the increased availability of air travel has made the world feel a lot smaller. Children that are growing up in this new world will need to have more familiarity with international cultures and languages than children of the past did. As parents we want to give our children the tools they need to succeed and flourish, and it is now becoming imperative that children understand the world outside of their own country and culture.  Along with that understanding, learning tolerance and respect for the traditions and customs of others is important.  Learning another language (or two or three) can make a huge difference when traveling and exploring.

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Topics: kids and learning, Empowering Our Children, Culture, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Childcare, Au Pair Foundation

Trusted and Loving In-Home Childcare

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Feb 26, 2016 9:08:10 AM

 

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Topics: au pair, Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation

Affordable Childcare

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Feb 8, 2016 11:58:51 AM

Affordable Childcare

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Topics: Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation

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