Au Pairs – Culture Shock and Homesickness

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This is a fantastic article written by our Marketing Manager, Pampan at Cultural Care. Pampan explains what many au pairs will experience from the moment they step off the plane to the cycle they will go through during their time abroad. As host parents and for myself as the Childcare Coordinator […]

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Au Pair Education and Transportation

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The U.S. Department of State requires that all au pairs must complete 6 credits (or its equivalent if it is a non-credit course) at an accredited post-secondary institution over the course of their year. As a host family, you are responsible for paying up to $500 for enrollment and related educational […]

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Au Pair Childcare Like Family

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

It is important to find childcare that will work best with your family’s lifestyle, budget and schedule. Our au pair childcare program and cultural exchange program offers your family flexible, live-in childcare with an international perspective. Your au pair lives with you as a member of your family, and your […]

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2017 Colorado Firework Displays

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

  Saturday, July 1, 2017 Fireworks Glendale – This city boasts one of the largest and longest-running fireworks in the area. It’s set for Saturday this year to blast off the holiday. The fireworks start at dusk and be aware the parking lot in Infinity Park at Cherry & Kentucky […]

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Castle Rock Au Pairs Love Colorado

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

    Colorado has so much to offer its residents and those visiting including the increasing number of au pairs who continue to choose Colorado as their first-choice state to spend their au pair year and repeat. If you are the type of person who enjoys being outdoors, hiking in […]

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Castle Rock Au Pair Traveling Questions

Friday, 23 June 2017

  Au pairs are invested in caring for your children. Your children are their number one priority. They will grow to love your children and often find themselves surprised at how much they end up emotionally invested in your family. Many au pairs will remain in contact long after they […]

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Au Pairs and Summer Time Fun

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

 Plan your summer and fill your calendar with fun activities with your host children using this easy downloadable app for your phone or print a calendar to write out your activities. National Parks offer free pass to 4th graders –Read more Movie Theater Deals for Summer — and ALL YEAR […]

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Au Pair Vacation – Best Practices

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Au Pairs get 2 weeks paid vacation (14 days Monday through Sunday – not 14 weekdays) and 1 1/2 consecutive days off per week. One full weekend off per month is also a requirement.  Vacation time should be taken as mutually agreed upon time. If a host family requests that […]

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Castle Rock and Nearby Trail Systems

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Summer is here. We live in a beautiful state. Be sure to get outside and take advantage of what Colorado has to offer. You don’t have to go far to find yourself surrounded by beautiful and breathtaking views. I’ve listed four nearby parks that are within an hour drive or […]

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Castle Rock Helpful Links

Sunday, 14 May 2017

  I recently came across this website called the, Castle Rock Bound EZ link page, that has a ton of useful information. Information that includes, news channels, store coupons, political sites, weather sites, cooking channels, popular websites, kids information, community sites and more. Truly a one-stop site.  Check it out, you are sure […]

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Au Pair Childcare Improves Work Life Balance

Thursday, 11 May 2017

As working families across the country are struggling with the dual demands of work and family, many seek ways of finding work life balance. National Work and Family Month was designated in 2003 by the U.S. Senate to highlight and communicate work-life initiatives that create healthier and more flexible work […]

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South African Au Pair, Siphelele

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Siphelele will be arriving in May from South Africa to care for two young sweet children and become part of the B. Family.  Siphelele is described by her friends as caring, selfless and God-fearing. She enjoys being with her friends, but also enjoys having time to reflect on her day and […]

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Au Pair Meetings – May – August, 2017

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Au Pair Meeting Kneaders in Castle Rock May 16th, Tuesday, 7-9 pm. Ice breaker game, socialize and eat yummy pastries. $5 Au Pair Meeting Aurora Resevoir/Water Safety Meeting June 17th, Saturday, 10 am. Paddle boarding and swimming. We will have three other au pair groups meeting with us. $20 Au […]

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Children’s Day Craft

Saturday, 6 May 2017

May 5th is Kodomo no Hi or Children’s Day in Japan. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. On this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags (carp because of the Chinese legend that a carp is the most spirited fish that swims upstream and becomes […]

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Mother’s Day – Au Pair’s Share Their Love

Saturday, 6 May 2017

  Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for the love, care and concern you show and give as a host mother. I asked each of your au pairs what they loved and appreciated about YOU! I received numerous heartfelt responses. Thank you for embracing the spirit of the program! Your children benefit […]

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Aupairheart Mother’s Day GiveAway

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Aupairheart is sponsoring a Mother’s Day, 2017  Giveaway!!! Click the Macaroni Kid link below for details and to enter the drawing. Good Luck! Let’s face it…Moms do a whole lot for their family. Moms are amazing. And moms deserve a break! Macaroni Kid Lakewood/Littleton  What is an au pair? Your […]

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Castle Rock Fire Station #151 Fire Safety Event

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

  Thank you Debbie Davis for featuring, Family and Au Pairs on page 18 in the May edition. The Castle Rock Area Newsletter keeps you up to date on what is happening in your area. Join the mailing list and never miss an issue or an event! View the May Issue  and […]

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National Parks offer free pass to 4th graders

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Kids in Parks! Calling all Fourth Graders    My family and I are headed to Yellowstone National Park this summer and will be stopping at a few other National Parks along our route there. As I was sharing my family plans with a friend she mentioned this neat and fun […]

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Free things to do this summer in Denver

Friday, 21 April 2017

Denver Chalk Festival    Denver, CO has so much to offer during the summer for free. Au pairs are on a limited budget and are always looking for opportunities to enjoy events, festivals, concerts, the outdoors and movies for free. Mountain Biking Check out what is happening this summer, 2017 […]

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Denver International Festival presents Kids Village

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

KIDS VILLAGE AT THE FESTIVAL Bring the family and enjoy engaging and collaborative activities for the kids as they have fun learning about cultures from around the world. Featured Activities include: Archaeological Digs Face Painting Balloon Animals International Games Art Stations Bubble Stations Live Character Meet & Greet 11:00 – […]

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Benefits of hosting an Au Pair

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

If you are open to the idea of intercultural childcare, welcoming an au pair into your home and family may be a wonderful and rewarding childcare option. Inviting an au pair into your home can expose your family to their language and culture. Your children will learn words in your […]

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Castle Rock Area Newsletter – April Edition

Monday, 3 April 2017

  Thank you Debbie Davis for featuring, Family and Au Pairs on page 16 in the April edition. The Castle Rock Area Newsletter keeps you up to date on what is happening in your area. Join the mailing list and never miss an issue or an event! View the April Issue and check […]

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South African Au Pair, Jessie

Monday, 27 March 2017

  Welcome Jessie! Jessie is 25 years old and from South Africa. Jessie joins the G family who has four girls. Jessie is passionate about people, and has a lot of patience and a great love for children. She loves learning new things that contribute to her personal growth. Jessie […]

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Hiking Fun and Facts

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Jefferson County Open Space and Trail Difficulty Rating  I recommend Lair o’ the Bear, Matthew’s Winter’s Park and South Valley. All three hikes are beautiful and great to do with children.  I have always seen other families hiking and so it has felt safe to do alone with my kids. […]

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Easter Tree with Painted Eggs

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

  How to make an Easter Tree with Painted Eggs You will need: Eggs Small needle or tack Bowl Watercolors or acrylic paints or colored sharpies Paintbrush Small tree branch Paper clips Baby snot nose sucker syringe Optional: Container Sand or small stones Colorful thread and beads Before you paint […]

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March Au Pair Meeting – Colorado Avalanche Game

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Au Pairs from Germany, Austria, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, South Africa, China, Columbia, France were all in attendance with several area Host families, Local Childcare Consultants and their families from around the Denver Metro Area. This was a, “first-time experience” for several au pairs. The hockey game was fun and exciting.

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Au Pairs in Roxborough

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Bringing Au Pairs to the Roxborough Community Bringing Au Pairs to the Roxborough Community Posted on March 14, 2017 by Chad Bergman Au Pairs provide your family with flexibility, one-on-one care in your home, consistent and affordable childcare. Au Pairs cost $385 per week, per family. What is an Au Pair? An […]

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Why families choose to host an au pair

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Thousands of families have decided to host an au pair instead of hiring a nanny, and these are the top reasons why: The affordability of paying an average of just $1,571 per month, regardless of how many children you have. That’s $380 per week! The flexibility of setting your own […]

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Mexico Au Pair, Faby

Friday, 10 March 2017

Fabiola is a cheerful, sweet, patient, humorous 22-year-old girl who is always smiling. Fabiola studied Tourism at the university and will continue her education to be a teacher after her experience as an au pair. Fabiola loves children and will be a great addition to the V family who have […]

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Brazilian Au Pair Joici

Thursday, 9 March 2017

  Welcome to Colorado, Joici! She joined the M family last month. Joici is a  cheerful person who loves to be with her family and friends. Joici likes visiting new places, meeting new and different people, studying languages and being with children. Joici has a big heart for children. She has […]

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Columbia Au Pair, Susy

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

  Susy graduated from high school in 2007 and went on to study Financial Engineering.  Susy loves good conversation, going to the movies and travel. She is very excited to be joining the D family who have three young children. Susy has over 7000 hours caring for children under 2 […]

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5 Hidden Zoos In Colorado That You Probably Never Visited

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

There is so much to see, do and discover in Colorado. Here are 5 Zoos in Colorado you would probably never expect to visit, but should put on your list. The alligator farm is definitely worth stopping at when you are visiting the Sand Dunes in Colorado.  

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Italian Au Pair, Heena Shares Her Culture

Monday, 6 March 2017

Heena displayed confidence as she walked into a room full of preschoolers at Merry Hills Preschool, Castle Rock, Colorado. The teachers gathered the children around Heena forming a semicircle as the teacher instructed the kids to sit, “criss-cross applesauce.” Heena displayed her white poster boards decorated with scenes from Italy, […]

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How to Avoid Altitude Sickness

Monday, 6 March 2017

The best way to avoid Altitude Sickness in Colorado is prevention.  Follow these tips and you won’t miss out on the beauty and wonder surrounding you in the Colorado mountains.

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Homesickness Abroad

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Almost everyone living far away from their friends and family experiences homesickness at some point. If you find yourself missing the familiar, you are not alone. It is perfectly normal to miss the sights and sounds of the “other world” you have temporarily left behind. Food is often one of the […]

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March – Denver Events

Friday, 3 March 2017

Fun March Activities around Denver March 4 Saturday Skate night Parker Fieldhouse parkerrec.com March 4 – 8:00 pm Carnaval 2017  Mercury Cafe Denver – 2199 California St. Denver, CO  80205 http://www.westword.com/event/carnaval-2017-8788125 Description:The 2017 Brazilian Carnaval Celebration at the Mercury Cafe Denver. The night features samba dance lessons (8 p.m.), authentic Brazilian cuisine by Silvana’s […]

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October Meeting – Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Castle Rock local childcare consultant Jennifer Morrow joined area au pairs and Kevin Taulman, certified and licensed black belt instructor with Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios in Castle Rock on October 13 for a personalized women’s self-defense class. “The women’s self-defense class was a great way to introduce these young women […]

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Au Pair vs Nanny and Daycare

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Au pair vs nanny and daycare As parents, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of all childcare options and choose what will work best for our schedule, budget and lifestyle. Families who choose daycare are often discouraged by the toll it takes on their work/life balance and finances. Many […]

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What does your Local Childcare Consultant do?

Sunday, 19 February 2017

As a Local Childcare Consultant (LCC) I support host families and au pairs during their time together. I work with compliance and au pair visa issues, I organize fun monthly au pair meetings, I educate au pairs and host families about the program, and I help to solve issues that […]

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Family and the Au Pair Heart

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Are you willing to provide a “home away from home” to your au pair, an international visitor? In exchange your au pair is trained to care for your children while you are away. Opening your home and your heart to this unique cross-cultural childcare program will enrich your lives in […]

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How To Successfully Interview Your Au Pair!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The interview process should be enjoyable. In the end, deciding about the best au pair for your family will come from your gut feelings. Trust your instincts.  There will not be a perfect au pair. Having a successful experience will require work and good communication. The good communication will begin […]

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Detailed Family Household Expectations – sample

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Smith Family Household I believe the more details you provide to your au pair the more informed and better prepared she is to care for your children. Your au pair will quickly gain confidence in her new role when the expectations have been set forth. Welcome to Colorado! We […]

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Why We Love Our Au Pair!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Valentine’s Day is a special time. It is a day for friendship and caring. It is a holiday about love.  I wanted to recognize the heart of the au pair program and why my host families love their au pair and the program. It is heartwarming to know these au pairs are […]

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How To Help Your Au Pair Succeed!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Working and living in the same environment can be challenging. As an au pair, not only is she working and living in the same environment but it is an unfamiliar environment. It also is an unfamiliar country and household with rules and a lot of responsibility she will be undertaking quickly. […]

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Welcoming Your Au Pair Home!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

There are many ways to welcome your au pair in the United States and into your home. Your au pairs initial stop will be in our NY training school where you can purchase one of the welcome baskets that Cultural Care provides. I recommend this option because the au pairs tend […]

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Family Welcome Gift Basket!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The first time an au pair arrives to their host family and walks into her bedroom is a significant moment. It’s the culmination of a dream – and can be sometimes overwhelming with the reality of a year in her new room and family. Placing a Family Welcome Gift Basket […]

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25 Questions to Ask When Choosing Childcare

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF: During the hours, you and your child are apart, will you feel at ease knowing your child is in this setting? How long have you been in business? Do you have a current state license? What licensing or accreditation do you have? How extensive […]

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Colorado National Parks

Monday, 16 January 2017

16 Colorado National Parks. Great information about the parks including a map, alerts and conditions, programs and special events, and basic information. Have a great time exploring. https://www.nps.gov/state/co/index.htm   National Historic Site Bent’s Old Fort La Junta, CO Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur […]

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25 Things To Do In Colorado

Sunday, 1 January 2017

    2017 Bucket List 25 Things To Do In Colorado Go to Loveland Fire and Ice Festival (http://www.visitlovelandco.org/event/loveland-fire-ice-festival-2017-2/) Hike a 14er (https://www.14ers.com/map.php) Visit Mesa Verde (https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm) Visit Glenwood Springs to soak in the hot springs and explore the caverns and hike to Hanging Lake (http://www.visitglenwood.com/things-to-do)  (http://www.colorado.com/articles/30-colorado-hot-springs-quick-guide) Garden of the […]

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Au Pair Medical Insurance – Erika Card and Aetna ID card

Monday, 19 December 2016

Medical Insurance *Take Erika Card and Aetna ID Card to all appointments. If you need to find a doctor to help with an illness or injury, please follow these instructions: Go to aetna.com or http://www.culturalcare.com/doctors Under shortcuts select – find a doctor Go to DocFind Search by Zip Code & […]

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Au Pair Education Questions

Monday, 5 December 2016

Au Pair Education What are the repercussions if an au pair does not complete their educational component? She/he will not be able to extend her/his program year She/he will not be an au pair in good standing with the program She/he will not have successfully completed the program She/he may be terminated […]

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Colorado’s Iconic Winter Events and Celebrations

Monday, 5 December 2016

Denver Events The Downtown Denver Grand Illumination (Nov. 25–Dec. 31, 2016) and Denver Parade of Lights (Dec. 2–3, 2016) truly kick off the Denver area’s holiday festivities. Giant balloons, floats, marching bands and dance troops wind along a two-mile route that passes by the spectacularly lit Denver City and County Building. The Denver Zoo’s Zoo […]

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Where are the Christmas Lights?

Saturday, 3 December 2016

ZOO Lights December 2, 2016 to January 1, 2017 5:30 – 9 p.m Zoo Lights will span through 70 acres of Denver Zoo’s campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in […]

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Parade of Lights

Friday, 2 December 2016

Begin your holiday season at the spectacular 42nd Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights. The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The FREE holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! […]

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Find an Au Pair!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Register to see full au pair profiles! When you register you have access to: The largest selection of au pair candidates Robust filtering tools Detailed au pair evaluations A personal matching specialist To gain access to our full database of au pairs and use advanced filters, register now for free […]

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What is an Au Pair?

Sunday, 27 November 2016

What is an au pair? An au pair is a young adult from overseas who lives with your family on a legal visa for up to two years to provide childcare in exchange for room and board and an opportunity to become part of an American family. Au pairs can […]

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Au Pair Arrival “To Do” List

Monday, 14 November 2016

Hello and Welcome to the United States (Or Colorado)! I am here to help you with anything you might need during your time in beautiful Colorado!  I am very excited to work with you and help you experience the best possible year as an Au Pair! Step 1:  Social Security […]

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Au Pair Education Options in Denver Metro Area

Monday, 14 November 2016

The Education Component for Au Pairs Requirements:  72-90 hours (non-credit courses) Documentation is required (example: certificate, official letter from the school, or transcript). The school must be a post-secondary accredited institution. Host family has agreed to pay the cost of academic course work up to $500.00.  (Education and Vacation follow […]

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How to Help Your Au Pair Avoid a Blue Holiday Season

Thursday, 3 November 2016

  As the holidays approach your au pair may experience a renewed sense of homesickness during this time and some au pairs may not even recognize that what they’re feeling is homesickness. Some signs might include looking tired or withdrawn, complaining of minor aches and pains, showing decreased interest in […]

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How Well Does Your Au Pair Drive?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Driving is a huge responsibility and it may be one of the harder things to decipher when you are interviewing Nannies and Au Pairs! These questions will help you get a good picture of the road ahead! When did you receive your license? Do you own a car? Does your […]

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What Questions Should You Ask During Your Interview?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Interviewing candidates is exciting and nerve wracking! Having a successful interview will help everyone have an incredible and unique experience welcoming an au pair into their home. The au pair will become a part of your family enriching your children’s cultural knowledge and perspectives while offering you flexibility. You will […]

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6 Ways to Encourage Cultural Exchange

Thursday, 14 July 2016

It comes as no surprise that au pairs come to the USA to learn about American traditions and culture. But cultural exchange becomes a two-way-street once au pairs share their own cultures, traditions, holidays and language with their host families. Below are some tips to help families take advantage of […]

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Summer Activities for Kids

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Flexible, affordable, cross-cultural exchange and childcare program. To learn more about this exciting child care program please visit my website: jmorrow.aupairnews.com or call me directly, 303-797-0992 and I can answer specific questions that you may have. Here is a list to provide my au pairs with some helpful child related activities to […]

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Paper Chain and Thankfulness

Saturday, 18 November 2017

I found this activity while searching the web and thought it sounded like a fun activity but also a great way to get the kids thinking about what they have in their lives to be thankful for. While waiting for the Thanksgiving feast to begin, have your children write 25 […]

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Left Over Halloween Candy and 6 Ways to Use It!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Halloween this year was on the chilly side, but we were able to stick it out for a good hour and collect more candy than we need to be eating. In years past I’ve thrown the left-over candy out, or truth be told, I’ve been the house to pass out, […]

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Au Pair from Italy arrives

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Welcome Sabrina to the U.S.! Sabrina joins the L family and their three young active boys. Sabrina loves children! She graduated in nursing education and science and childhood communities. She has always been intrigued by the idea of becoming an au pair for the unique experience it offers to those […]

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Au Pair from Czech Republic arrives

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Welcome Kat to the US! Kat joins the S family and their adorable and bright little girl. Kat has always enjoyed being around children. She is patient, confident, kind, creative, and passionate. Kat is an animal lover and rode horses for over six years and a very talented artist. She […]

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