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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

MinnyMom May 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sign me up for the newsletter. Happy Mother’s Day!


MinnyMom May 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

oops, I did it at the wrong place … sorry!


Jasmin May 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Would like to receive your email news letter.



Jasmin May 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I would like to receive your news letter.

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bianca November 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Hello.My name is Bianca and I’m applying for an Au-pair but it seems that families don’t accept me.I’ve already had two interviews and they chose someone else.what can I do?what do I have to say to be accepted?


MommyMia November 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Hi, Bianca
Don’t get discouraged – the right family is out there, and just hasn’t found you yet! Every family has different needs and expectations from their au pair – you should just be honest in answering their questions, continue to try to get childcare experience while you’re waiting(if a lack in that area might be one thing that is affecting their decision), and keep a positive attitude. The fact that two families have already called you after reading your profile means that you must have some desirable qualities and experience. Unfortunately, there are way, way more au pairs looking for families than families hiring au pairs just now. Be patient, and read through some of the other topics on this site where parents talk about what they are expecting. Good luck!


Carol January 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Where are you from? What is your profile like? What impression does your picture give? I have have aupairs for the last 7 year and I chose the girl.


Lina April 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I would like to receive your news letter.
Thank you!


giulia July 4, 2011 at 5:39 am

I’d like to pose a question: I am Italian and have an American aupair. Do I have to take her out with us when my family goes? To restaurants, to family meetings, to friends homes? Always or is sometimes enough. In other words, how long a day is my aupair expecting to be with my family? Thank you,


Anonamomma July 4, 2011 at 6:48 am

Hi Giulia,

I am also in Europe so I will just share my experience as it may be different Stateside.

In general we invite our au pairs to joins us on most of our family outings such as the Zoo, trips to the country etc, but no, not all.

We also schedule family days/outings when we do not invite our au pair along. This could be when we are going to visit a relative or having an extended family dinner outside of the house or just because there are times when your family needs time to be a family – especially if you have been hosting for a few years (which I have).

I find that letting my au pair know well in advance that the family are doing something this day and then encouraging her to make her own plans by either going out with her friends or allowing a bunch of friends over to the house on these occasions helps. As most regulars here know – I keep a diary in my house which works wonders because I can see the dates that my au pair has already made plans (to go to a concert or an all day sightseeing trip with her buddies) and I schedule my plans around this.

But IMO no you do not have to take your Au Pair everywhere with you but you do need to be sensitive about it.

Hope this helps.


giulia July 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thanks a lot! I realize I am lucky, our aupair wants to be with us, not away from us…but not all my extended family/friends ALWAYS want her ther. Thanks again G


jenny L. November 9, 2011 at 9:41 am


I´m jenny,I just want to ask if its possible to work again as an Au pair in Europe? I worked in Denmark before then i get married to danish guy.We are married 2 years but in that year we moved in 3 places Sweden, Czech republic and Bulgaria.But now were back to Sweden then thing get so complicated then we decided to get divorce we are just waiting to have some money to buy my ticket home.That’s why I’m asking if I can work again as an Au pair in Europe even I’m divorce in one of the EU citizen?…..


GermanHM November 10, 2011 at 5:02 am

it may depend on the regulations in the country you want to work in – they are all different. In general, you can work again in a different country then the one you worked in before.
Regarding your divorce – in many countries the regulations say that you must not be married while you work as an au pair, so it would be okay for you to work as an AP after the divorce. But it would be best to check the regulation for the specific country.
Good luck!


Jennine January 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Very helpfull!!


Jennine January 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

this is my first time aupairing, going oversease and my first family.Im having my second interview with a family over skype soon and they seem great, im nervous because we have already spoken about the kids and my daily routine, they are twin boys 1years old and im not sure what else we can talk about and i dont want them to take a step back because i dont have anymore important questions for them. what can i talk about… im sooooo nervous


NoVA Host Mom January 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

I suggest just asking them about what matters to you. Yes, you’ve talked about the big things that are directly what your job is, but I’m sure the AP agency gave you questions as a guideline to give you ideas. Big or little, if the question occurs to you (for example, how hard is it to get a library card or how close is the mall?), then ask it. There are many AP blogs in different countries where you might get ideas from other APs (current and past). And look around on our blog. Our topics are because they came up in life. They might give you ideas for questions that matter to you.


Host Mommy Dearest January 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Have you asked if they have hosted other APs? If so, what are the important things the other APs have done to be helpful? What are some of the more challenging things that other APs may have found difficult to learn? I would keep trying to dig deeper to find out all expectations.


Maky July 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Dear MomAupair,
Can you please give my advice?I´m 22 years old student from Czech republic who decided to try to be an summer aupair. Now I ´m in family in U.K. My host family have only mother and three chidlren – Girl 13, boy 9, girl 8. I take care about the two yonger children.
My problem is about my host children and their behavior. I had some experience with work with children from Czech republic – from summer camps. I had there a really good time I can say I enjoyed it a lot. So I decided to be an aupair because I was thinking that I will spend nice summer with children and as a bonus I will see english habits, country, improve my english. But everythnik is difrent. I really don´t expect an chidren-angels. But. they are really difrent. First day they was excelent – I prepared a game for them – trasure island – their were playing it and i think they quite enjoyed and I was happy that I make chidlren happy. But than it become bad bad bad. I was picking them from the school every day. i always have prepared some game for more interesting way. But soone they don´t want to play ( o.k. some game was not good and funny) but i did it because they were really common fighting to each other and shouting. I always try to divide them because sometimes they hurt each other seriosly. I try to do it by – If you will be good we can than do this, don´t do this it´s hurt, let´s play a game it? better. But everithink soon become useles. And than I find that they do more thinks to my on purpose . fight more, more and more, getting undreesed. I try to do like I´m blind and deaf, smile, but it was not succesful too and I feel really embaresed because of a street full of people watching me as I ´m carry about chidren they are fighting and I do nothing. The “top” was one day when they fight almost all day- the way from school took 2 hours (it´possible in 3é minutes) and chidren have a “fun” with saying to my some poison words – like you are embarrasing and than the boy split on my. It was really my touch bottome and I decided after this day leave the family. I had doubts about myself if I´m good person for work with children. I spoke with my host mother – she said my – yes they are difficult I know, try to not to take it personnaly, stay – you can have here your friend coming. And she arranged that almost one all day children was at their grandmothers place. I now change my /strategy” I ´m giving them as much freedom as is possible, try them ask evertime as polite as i can. It´s little bit better but there is still situation when I only praying the god to safety of chidren and when I can?m stop them – for example today they destroyed a door to bathroom because of their fight.
Please Can you give me some advice waht else I can do? Is there a chance that can become better? I ´m here with agency and i don´t want to stay more longer, only for a summer holiday. My pocket money is 70 pounds weekly, I didn´t decided to do this because of a money (I could earn more in czech republic), I just wanted to have a nice holiday and I hoped of good family. I ´m with chidren from 8-18. We had a agreement that aproximately half of my stay I will be with chidren all days but than they will be at summer camps and I only help with morning and evenings preparation. But it seems to that children will go to the camp only tree day of week because her mother have not money for it. I don´t know if I should tell agency I ´m not happy here and ask for changing family. I heard that it can be more more bad – this mum is busy, not speak with my a lot, but I see she is trying to improve it a little bit. And if I leave I will not have a references good.
Please can you give my advice, tell my your opinion? Thank you very very much, Marketa, aupair.


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