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Can I give my au pair a "curfew" ?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Mar 9, 2017 11:02:10 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

Why does my au pair need a Social Security number?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Jan 31, 2017 12:34:03 PM

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

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

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. 

Read More

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

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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

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