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The surprising good things you should know about Au Pairs before you get one.

Choosing what childcare option works best for your family can be one of the most stressful and important decisions a parent can make, especially if both parents work full-time and the children will be spending most of their days with someone who isn’t a family member. While Nannies and Day care are the two most…

From Hangry to Happy – 4 healthy and fun snacks your Au Pair can make

Apple sandwich Ingredients: Apples Any Nut Butter (Crunchy or smooth) Method: To assemble the sandwiches, core each apple and cut into ¼-inch slices (8 slices per apple). If you won’t be eating these right away, brush the apples slices with lemon juice (or soak them in soda water) to keep them from turning brown. Spread…

Share the fun and not so fun stuff with your Au Pair

Share both the good parts as well as the tough parts of the job of caring for children. It can be challenging sometimes to share the childcare duties between Host Parent and Au Pair. When you have childcare help, it can be tempting to give the Au Pairs all the yucky or boring work such…

What makes an Au Pair a “Rock Star”?

There is no manual for an Au Pair to become a “Rock Star”. It all depends on the individual family, as every family has different norms, rules and routines. Here are some clues that will help you to foster and create a Rockstar Au Pair. 1) S/he goes above and beyond with the kids. Some…

Gorgeous spaces where your kids can learn

For me, it’s all about love at first sight, if I see it and I love it, if I’m visually drawn to it, I’m sold. So when it comes to creating an environment for children to inhabit, it hands down has  to intoxicate the eye, invigorate imaginations, ultimately it has to look good, and you’ll…

How To Find A Great Au Pair

Given that we’ve had au pairs for three and a half years, this post has been a long time coming! We are just adjusting to life with our new au pair – our fifth one – and we’ve had a great experience with this form of childcare, so I thought it might be helpful to…

How To Be A Happy Host Family

This post is the sequel to last week’s post ‘How to find a great au pair’, which took you up to the point where you’ve got some eager young person lined up to join your family in a few months’ time. Here’s what we’ve learned about how to prepare for, and manage, life with an…

“Is There A Doctor In The House?”

So I completed a First Aid course today. It was not the first one I’ve done. At a guesstimate I’d say it was about the eleventh, one every two years for the past twenty in my capacity as an early childhood teacher . Techniques have changed over the years but the underlying foundations of first…

Nappies No More!

I am SO HAPPY to write this blog post: the kids appear to finally – FINALLY – be toilet trained! As long-time readers may have gathered, there have been several childhood developmental stages that I’ve dreaded, and that haven’t turned out to be anything near as formidable as I’d expected. But I knew my luck…

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