Announcing…. International Au Pair Appreciation Week!

by cv harquail on April 18, 2009

International Au Pair Appreciation Week
May 1 – 9, 2009!

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. Only host parents and host kids may participate.
(LCCs and Au Pairs, we’re gonna do something different for you later in May.)

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 girl have her 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 explicit permission to share it. Probably best to use a pseudonym, especially if you want to surprise her 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 (April 24th) and May 6th. Send some soon so that I can queue them up and be ready to let loose the love on May 1st.


I probably should offer some prizes… though I’m still waiting for the 100th subscriber so that I can give away the Pretty Bluebird Checkbook Cover… Can we just say that the prizes will be the experience of appreciation that au pairs will have, by hearing stories from us?

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

I cannot wait to hear from you!


au pair April 18, 2009 at 2:59 am

I must say this is sooo cute!

Maya April 18, 2009 at 9:04 am

I want my next Au Pair to be worth the Au Pair Appreciation Week. Wish me luck with my upcoming search process.

I cannot wait to hear all wonderful stories from others.

CV, this topic could not have come at a better time for me. I need to have some inspiration and to know that there are good Au Pairs out there.

CV April 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

There ARE good au pairs out there…. and yes I had to remind myself of this when the one we jettisoned after 4 weeks called my daughter a brat. I kept reminding myself that this girl was the exception. Memories of the 9 good au pairs that went before her were all that got me thru!

Maya April 19, 2009 at 7:57 am

Thank you CV

Kati April 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm

great idea! Who designated International Au Pair Appreciation week? Is this something you made up or is it a really appreciation week?

CV April 25, 2009 at 2:26 am

Hi Kati-

Who designated it international Au Pair Appreciation week? Why, AuPairMoms(&Dads), of course!

I authorized myself to designate it, because there just needs to be an Au Pair Appreciation Week. Maybe an agency or two has a ‘best au pair’ or ‘au pair of the year’ thing, but I wanted to have a chance to celebrate all kinds of au pairs for all kinds of reasons. No need to have limits!

Ideally, we’d have Au Pair Appreciation at least once a week, in each family. :-)

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