Announcing… 2nd Annual Au Pair Appreciation Week!

by cv harquail on May 3, 2010

The 2nd Annual International
Au Pair Appreciation Week
May 17 – 21, 2010!

The 1st annual International Au Pair Appreciation Week was such a success that we’re doing it again this year, from May 17 to May 21st.

Au Pair Appreciation Week is our chance as host moms and dads to celebrate what we enjoy the most about having au pairs in our family lives.

Although moms and dads who ask for advice here on AuPairMom are occasionally accused of being grumpy, demanding, and/or hard to live with, we all know that we wouldn’t even BE host moms and dads if we didn’t believe that having an au pair could be a great experience. After talking with and hearing from so many host families, I firmly believe that behind every bad au pair story there are dozens of happy au pair stories just waiting to be told.

Au Pair Appreciation Week is your chance to share those stories– to tell your own and to hear those of other host families.

cute girl by blackboard.jpg 3 Options for Sharing “Appreciations”

We have some great participants on this site who love to write, and from whom we can expect some lovely stories. But also, there are lots of host parents who might prefer a shorter, more concise mode of sharing. And, there are host parents probably prefer pictures to words. For APAW we’ll have three different options for sharing what you appreciate about your au pair.

1. Tell us a story about something that your au pair did for you, your kids, your family, or anyone else. Enjoy the opportunity to tell us as much as you want, however you want to, anywhere between 50 and 500 words. Depending on how many stories we receive, I’ll either set them up as one big post, or unfold a series of happy stories over the course of APAW.

2. Share just one characteristic, action or vignette, but this time in the short form. You can have more that the 140 characters of twitter, but you can make it as short as a paragraph.

3. Send in a photo, with a brief caption.

Rules of APAW:

kitchen blue jars twelve 22 dot org.jpg 1. Anyone can participate– Host Parents, host kids, grandparents, neighbors and au pairs too.

2. You may submit as many appreciations as you like– but please make each appreciation about only one au pair at a time. Let each au pair have her or his own appreciation (unless it’s some kind of special case).

3. Your appreciation can be for your current au pair, a former au pair, or another au pair you know.

4. If you use your au pair’s name or likeness, you must have her or his explicit permission to share it. Probably best to use a pseudonym, especially if you want to surprise her or him with a little public praise.

5. Your real name and email address must be part of the submission. However, I will only publish your name if you ASK ME to. Otherwise, you will be anonymous. You’ve gotta opt in to become an AuPairMom celebrity host parent, okay?

6. By virtue of sending it to me in an email, you’re allowing me (CV Harquail) to publish your story, paragraph and/or photo here on AuPairMom.

7. Remember that computer glitches and stuff might get in the way of this being super-efficient. Let’s see how it goes.

How to submit your appreciations:

— Submit your appreciation via email to mom at AuPairMom dot com

— Please put APAW in the subject so that I can sort submissions easily from my other email.

— Put your story in the BODY of the email text, not as an attachment.

— Put the caption of your photo in the body of the email text, and make your photo an attachment.

— Submissions may be sent anytime between now (May 3rd) and May 20th. Send some soon so that I can queue them up and be ready to let loose the love on May 19th.

Questions? Anything I forgot? Anyone want to make us a pretty APAW button or banner? Let me know.

We are all looking forward to hearing your great stories of Au Pair Appreciation!


West Coast Mom May 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm

How about a CV appreciation week?

I just want to say Thanks! for your writing and this community. Sometimes I lurk, sometimes I participate, but I always find good advice or at the very least, a sense that other moms are facing the same issues I am. Which is very comforting.

I love this blog!

So I say, how about a CV appreciation week? Who’s with me?



English Aupair...x May 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I’m with you!!!
This is the most useful website i have found, it really put me at ease when going into my first au pair job :)
Love You CV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Az. May 4, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I’ll third that! This website is a great resource and one of the things that made me decide to become au pair, and even though I’m no longer an au pair I still enjoy reading the posts and (hopefully!) contributing now that I’ve delurked. Thanks, CV! :D

Az. May 4, 2010 at 8:10 pm

*an au pair, even

TX Mom May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

I’m in! It’s been fun to connect with CV now outside of APMom about work and politics, too! A word of warning about her “work blog” for those who are interested. It is more cerebral and once I read there I start surfing and find myself “should be working” for longer periods of time. (oops. don’t tell.)

MommyMia May 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

And I’ll 4th that! This is one of the best sites ever – so timely and informative!
Thanks, CV!

MinnyMom May 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I agree wholeheartedly! CV your time and dedication to making us all better host parents is such a wonderful deed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and for being so responsive to my inquiries and posting them on this site.

Your blog is such a wealth of information ~ and has given me persceptive on how to handle APs and our family. THANK YOU CV!

Calif Mom May 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

Hear Hear! I stumbled on this blog while thinking that an au pair mom blog would be a good project for me to launch. So much for that!

CV, you do it so well. The perspectives from your “real” work add so much.

Curious now…what’s the visitorship looking like these days?

Calif Mom May 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

As for my au pair appreciation: just this morning she wouldn’t let me out of the house in an outfit that didn’t quite work. Talk about value added! :-)

Should be working May 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Oy vey, yes I too now take fashion advice from a 19-yr-old. The thing is that she ‘adjusts’ her advice for my age/style pretty well! I even sometimes ‘check’ my outfits with her before going out or giving away clothes.

FormerSwissAupair May 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Thank you so much CV!! We really appreciate all the work you put into this. I am addicted to this site…lol..

Long Island Mom May 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Our last 3 Au Pairs were FABULOUS! Unfortunately we will be losing this one after only one year even though we were hoping she’d stay. But the next one gets a DISNEY cruise! Here’s hoping the next one is as good as the last three!

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