It’s a special day! AuPairMom is celebrating its 2nd Birthday!
For two years, with 370 posts, 9,000+ comments, and 46,000 visitors, we’ve been pooling our wisdom to make the experience of hosting an Au Pair and being an Au Pair better and better.
In the olden days, there were no cluster meetings for host parents.
If you were lucky, one of your friends or neighbors was or had been a host parent, and could help you if you got stuck or were confused or doubting yourself, and maybe a helpful counselor could help out when there was an emergency. … But for day to day issues, scary questions, griping, inside info, and all the rest? You were on your own.
It was you, your au pair, and your best intentions.
Back when I started AuPairMom.com, there was literally nothing online to help host parents. There were agency sites with information you could download, a few mom-community bulletin boards with occasional exchanges of basic information or crisis counseling, but nowhere that parents could pool their resources to keep each other from making the same mistakes over and over.
It’s a completely different world now. I can’t tell you the number of times someone has shared how something someone wrote in the comments or in a post helped them see their situation more clearly, and respond more effectively. We are all better host parents now than we were, and we’ve all gotten better faster, and more mindfully, because of the ways we’ve been sharing with each other.
Thank you to all of you parents, au pairs, counselors, and friends for being part of this blog.
It’s your questions, your insights, and your generosity with each other that make this blog matter, and help us all make a difference.
Happy 2nd Birthday!