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!
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.
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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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.
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.
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.