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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

Talk to your kids about bullying

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Sep 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Education, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Childcare

9/11 15th Anniversary - a few thoughts for Host Families and Au Pairs

Posted by Kristen Nielsen Donnelly on Sep 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Culture, Holidays, Politics, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, World Culture, Community, Heroes, Traditions, Respect, National Pride, Patriotism

Labor Day

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Sep 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Community, Traditions

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

Acute Homesickness Treatment Tips

Posted by Kristen Nielsen Donnelly on Aug 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Even the most well-seasoned travelers get homesick. It’s usually born out of frustration that something just isn’t working the way it’s supposed to, leading to a longing for “normal”. Homesickness can be acute, only lasting a moment, or chronic, where it appears to take over someone’s entire emotional psyche.

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Au Pairs, Host Family, Au Pair Foundation, Exchange Students, Homesick, Homesickness, Culture Shock

Olympic Fever!

Posted by Kristen Nielsen Donnelly on Aug 6, 2016 8:28:32 AM

The Rio Olympics are upon us and what a fabulous time to get to know your au pair’s home country a little bit better!

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Topics: Children and Sports, Sports, Sportsmanship, Culture, Au Pairs, World Culture, Foreign Language, Olympics, National Pride

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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