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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

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

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

Helping Children Choose Their Heroes

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Apr 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

I was fortunate this past weekend to meet one of my favorite celebrities, Nichelle Nichols.  My fellow sci-fi geeks know her better as Lt. Uhura of the Star Ship enterprise.

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Education, Au Pairs, Role Models, Parenting, Star Trek, Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, Family, Childcare, Celebrities, Heroes

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

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