Can you remember back to the first time you ever heard about the Au Pair program?
I can’t remember how I first heard about it (and I think I assumed I knew what an au pair was). But I *do* remember trying to explain the whole concept to my dad. And then to my coworkers, my next-door neighbors, my mother-in-law, and the receptionist at our pediatrician’s office.
Most people who aren’t or haven’t been host parents have no idea what an au pair is.
Because the term itself is French, people jump to two conclusions:
First, they assume that an au pair is something only snobbish people do, because who else tosses in a french term when an English one will do?
Second, they assume that simply translating the term into English explains the whole thing. [click to continue reading ...]
Dear Au Pair Moms,
In two weeks, as part of my senior (undergraduate) research project, I need to present an analysis of the needs of AuPairMom readers. I’m very excited about what I’ve learned so far about the AuPairMom community, but I have a big problem: I don’t have enough data.
Fewer that 100 readers have participated in our survey— even though nearly 7,000 readers have come to the site in the 11 days since we put up the request for study participants.
That means that less than 1.2% of readers have participated. Even if we include the readers who shared ad hoc comments from the post about the survey, it’s still less than 2% of readers. I need more people to respond to the survey questions. Ideally, I’d like to have 300 regular readers respond to the survey. (That would be 2% of the 15,000+ unique people who visit each month.)
Think about the number of times you’ve come to the site to vent, to laugh, to get a reality check, or just to escape annoying high school friends and their cats on Facebook. The average person spends 4.8 minutes on the site each time she visits. Isn’t it worth about 5 minutes of your time to ‘pay it forward’ and tell us what you’d like to see on the blog?
I thought so. You can Click Here to Take The Survey!
Thanks – Shawn