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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

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

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

Independence Day Facts and Fun

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Family, Summer, Cultural Event Idea, Community

Summer Solstice

Posted by Katie Tastrom on May 13, 2016 7:27:00 AM

 

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Au Pairs, Summer, Sweden, Family Day, Cultural Event Idea, World Culture, Community

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

Au pairs, exchange students and American politics

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Mar 12, 2016 10:41:00 AM

It is an interesting time for au pairs and exchange students to be in the United States.   Not only are there many local elections being held throughout their stay, they have the opportunity to experience America during the year of a Presidential election.  

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Culture, Politics, American Culture, Education, Au Pairs, Host Family, Exchange Students

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

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