Welcoming Frances Scher as Contributing Editor: Notes on the Blog

by cv harquail on June 21, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I know, it’s taking me for. eh. ver. to make any moves with the administration and management of AuPairMom. No ads yet, can’t get organized for sponsored posts, upgrading tasks postponed not just till a rainy day but waiting for a monsoon, and so on. Meanwhile, I’m 56,000 words into what Annie Lamott calls the “S&*^y First Draft” of my book about Generosity as a Business Strategy. So there’s that.

We got 8 great volunteers in response to my call for contributors a few months ago. These women have been holding steady (and nudging me occaisionally) while I worked out a few kinks, and now I’m happy to introduce to you our first “Contributing Editor”.

But before I do — I want to send some hugs and gratitude to the many host moms who — without formal titles or access to the inner workings of the blog’s mechanics — have been nurturing and nourishing this community with their wisdom. New Host Moms and Experienced Ones, prospective au pairs, bright eyed au pairs, world traveller au pairs, the occasional host dad, all of you. Many many thanks.

Frances Scher is our first Contributing Editor! She’ll be taking emails to the blog, plus her own ideas, to offer up topics she thinks you’ll enjoy. She’ll post whenever she feels inspired and able to (ahem, the normal mode over here). She’ll also keep an eye on comments for the posts she’s served up.

Frances is sworn to secrecy about any and all real names and email addresses, so your secrets, opinions, and mailboxes are safe with her. Because I know Frances’ aupairmom screen name, I can tell you that she’s been an active community member for years. You’ve appreciated her perspective and thanked her for her caring insights. She’s a host mom you already trust. How great is that!

Plus, she already knows how to use wordpress (our blog’s technology). Frances and I will be figuring out how to coordinate more than one writer, which will help me find an easy path to onboard our other volunteer contributors. So without further ado:

Meet Frances Scher!

Frances S

I am a mother and a wife. I work as a clinical laboratory scientist by day, and moonlight as a community group volunteer. We just welcomed our fifth au pair into our fun, busy, loving, active, a bit crazy, and somewhat organized family. I have followed Au Pair Mom since 2010, and over the years have received such great advice in regards to hosting au pairs and learning to be a host mom that I am very excited to be giving back as a contributing editor.

That is all at this moment…Now off to work…

Help me welcome Frances to the front pages of AuPair Mom!

Let us know if you have any comments, concerns, questions, or chocolate to share.

~ cv


Should be working June 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Thanks for doing this, Frances! I look forward to seeing posts and new conversations!

TexasHM June 21, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Woohoo!! Thanks for helping keep this awesome resource going! Here’s to meeting some of the village!! :)

Taking a Computer Lunch June 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm


American Host Mom in Europe June 22, 2016 at 5:35 am

Yeah! Thanks for volunteering Frances! I get such great value – and entertainment – from this blog and community, looking forward to more of it!

German Au-Pair June 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Just the other day I was wondering whatever happened to that :D

Welcome Frances!

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