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What Are The Most Important Milestones For You and Your Au Pair?

by cv harquail February 17, 2014

Every au pair arrives in the US about two steps into her or his adventure — with a million more steps to go.   As they make their way on their adventure, au pairs will hit a predictable set of milestones. Some of these have to do with becoming really competent with US culture— your […]

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When Your Au Pair’s Parents Come to Visit

by cv harquail January 23, 2014

Dear AuPair Mom–  We have a lovely, responsible Au Pair whose parents miss her dearly. They have decided to visit twice (twice!) during the year and want to stay with us in order to maximize their time with their daughter.  I’m apprehensive about the whole thing, because hosting parents is not the same as hosting […]

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Your House is Not a Youth Hostel

by cv harquail April 3, 2009
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Let me repeat that: Your house is not a youth hostel. It’s not a hotel. It’s not a pied a terre. Your house is your home, and if you choose to have friends of your au pair as overnight guests, there is a lot to think about. One blatant sign that a host mom and […]

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Sample Handbook 2, from a Host Family with Cultural Care

by cv harquail March 3, 2009
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Dear AP, Welcome, welcome, welcome! We are so happy and excited that you are finally here! We hope that your year with us is exciting and rewarding. We look forward to a great relationship between you and our family. To help make the year go smoothly, we all need to do what we can to […]

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Visitors and Guests

by cv harquail May 15, 2008

Principle: We’d like you to use good judgment in people who visit the house, and to make sure they respect our home and our privacy. When you are on-duty, you are welcome to have 1-2 other Au Pairs and their similar age kids, but Child1 and Child2 should always be your top priority. You should […]

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