Texas Host Mom’s 12 Step Au Pair Matching Process (guest post)

by Texas HM June 6, 2015

Here’s TexasHM’s step-by-step matching process: 1. Send email template #1 (open ended AP questions) Review email #1 answers and decide go/no go  Send email template #2 and area links/info email (our explanations and area)  Review email #2 answers and decide go/no go  Skype session #1, review AP application and ask Skype questions list, mutually decide […]

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Want to find a fabulous Au Pair Host Family? Reply to our emails promptly

by cv harquail February 16, 2015
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Dear  Au Pair Candidates, Do you know how frustrating it is when you don’t reply promptly to Host Families’ emails? We read your letters, watch your videos, and pour over your applications to get a sense of whether you might fit well with our families. We’re nervous about getting in touch, but we write the […]

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How to Decline an Au Pair Match — Politely

by cv harquail August 26, 2014

No one wants to be rejected — not au pairs and not host parents.   But reject each other we must, since we know that even a perfectly lovely candidate (in this case, either a host parent or a potential au pair) may just not feel like the right fit. But how can we let the […]

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The Most Successful Au Pair Picker in all of New Jersey

by cv harquail January 31, 2014

Last weekend I had an insane conversation with a woman who was introduced to me as “The Most Successful Au Pair Picker in All of New Jersey!” Okay, so our mutual friend was exaggerating. But I spied an opportunity for you, dear readers. “How does she do it? What’s her secret? AuPairMoms demand to know!” […]

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Choosing the Right Au Pair, Expert Advice from CalifMom

by cv harquail June 23, 2012

CalifMom has been a key part of the AuPairMom community since Fall of 2008. She was one of the first au pair host moms to contribute wise advice, regularly and generously, on many of the toughest situations. Every now and then CalifMom leaves a treat in my inbox — a guest post. Here’s her latest… […]

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Choosing an Au Pair: Application Videos as Tools to Help Matching

by cv harquail May 26, 2011

If a picture paints a thousand words, then what does an Au Pair’s application video do? Au Pair videos seem like a great way to get a sense of an au pair’s personality and command of English. Even though someone could script and then rehearse perfect grammar and expression, you’d still get o hear his […]

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What is your family’s Au Pair Selection Process?: Interviews (polls)

by cv harquail May 15, 2011

Busy Mom has been very busy, thinking about how to make the Au Pair Selection Process better. She wrote a long guest post, complete with several suggested polls. Because her effort was so comprehensive, it was a bit much for one post and one conversation theme. So, I’ve broken it down (and added some things […]

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Can an Au Pair Manage Distance-Education and Au Pairing? If yes, then how?

by cv harquail August 19, 2010

Here’s a request for advice from Sophia, a soon-to-be-au pair: Hi everyone!! I’ve been writing and reading this blog for a while, and I’m more than happy to say that I have finally taken the step and I’m formally applying with AuPairCare. I’m now filling my application, and I’ve found trouble with some point, the […]

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Interviewing: What questions should Au Pairs ask Families?

by cv harquail August 18, 2010
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Potential Au Pair Laura writes with a question about how to interview host families…. any ideas for her? Hi, I’m from England and I am in the process of applying to be an au pair in the USA. I have not yet spoken to any host families, but will be soon. Any tips on what […]

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Finding Good Au Pair Candidates 3: Best Practices for the “Searching their whole data base” system

by cv harquail July 21, 2009
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No! Not the needle in the haystack image! Okay, here’s something different. These girls are all delicious, all delightful, all of them clever smart and kind. But really, with all those cute photos and similar profiles, how do you find the one(s) who are right for you?

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