Welcome to AuPairMom.com!
AuPairMom – as a blog and a community — is here to help change the world, one host family at a time. We gather and share advice, insights, tools and support with host moms and dads who want to have a great relationship with their au pairs.
I know a little something about being a host mom. I’ve had 11 au pairs, some have been wonderful while others… not so much. I have done my best to make each relationship the best it could be. I started this blog to share my own experience and also to get advice from others, so that together we could really enjoy being host parents.
I’m joined on the blog by a community of active commenters, guest bloggers, and readers. As a group we’re committed to keeping this a positive and helpful conversation, even though we gripe from time to time.
You may not agree with the advice that gets shared on the blog, but at the very least you’ll have another perspective to consider along with your own as you manage your relationship with your au pair.
Some basic information:
I’m married, straight, feminist, mom-of-a-certain-age, with 2 daughters and a dog. We live in Northern New Jersey in a town full of Starbucks that are full of Au Pairs. I work half-time as a management professor and consultant, and I write about my academic work at AuthenticOrganizations.com My expertise in management and psychology as well as my personal politics, values and life experiences all influence my approach to family, caregiving, and au pair relationships.
To respect the privacy of my family’s au pairs, I don’t mention them by name here on the blog. I also use pseudonyms for host moms that I talk about. And, I generally don’t broadcast my name and address on the blog– I usually go by ‘aupairmom’.
Get in touch with me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please offer your suggestions, questions, ideas…. let’s get busy!