September is a Labor of Love

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Got a new au pair recently? Isn’t it amazing? The Month of September is always intense as school starts back up, vacations are over, and we all settle in to make it through the long haul until the End of October with Halloween, Thanksgiving, (Diwali), and Christmas! This month, focus on […]


Orienting Your Au Pair to her New Home!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Your au pair’s arrival to your home is an exciting time for everyone!  It is important to remember that, as glad as she/he is to join you, your au pair is far from home and will probably feel a bit of nervousness. Your au pair might seem quiet or reserved at first, […]


The Host Family-Au Pair Relationship

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The relationship with your au pair is an important one for your family and for you as a parent. As with any working relationship, it can be wonderful, yet complicated and important to discuss and reach agreement about key issues. This process is especially important for a live-in helper who participates in […]


Saying Bye to an Au Pair – Reverse Culture Shock

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

  As you and your au pair reflect upon the year spent together, it is natural to feel a range of emotions from sadness and confusion to relief and excitement. You might experience a renewed closeness or a loosening of bonds as you prepare for separation. In the latter case, […]


Spirit of the Program

Sunday, 13 August 2017

What is the “Spirit of the Program” anyway? This one is more on the subjective side than the objective side, but after years of hosting au pairs, I would say that I have gotten it narrowed down to a few key points! The Spirit of the Program is one of the biggest […]