Nadia Price's Blog – July 2010 Archive (7)

Responsibilities beyond childcare…

While the primary responsibility of au pairs is to care for your children, au pairs can also help with “light household chores”. Beyond an expectation for a program that is focused on childcare, it is also a U.S. Department of State regulation that host families abide by when joining the program. Let’s define what “light household chores” are and what tasks au pairs can or can’t do.…

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Added by Nadia Price on July 26, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Do I need an au pair for my school-aged children?

As full-time childcare is usually mainly required before the children attend school, the au pair program option is considered an alternative to full-time daycare or a nanny. However, there are many busy families with children ranging from 3 months to 14 years old, that also choose the au pair program option. Today, we will discuss the advantages of an au pair for families with children from 6 to 14 years old:

FLEXIBILITY

An au pair…

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Added by Nadia Price on July 20, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Importance Of Interaction And Nurturing

While reviewing an ARTICLE from Reuters titled “Study shows consistent benefit of early daycare”, I was reminded of the challenges parents face while evaluating options for entrusting their most precious beings in the hands of a childcare provider. There are so many studies out there though that either support or discredit the concept of “childcare” versus full-time parenting.

The Parental Role vs.…

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Added by Nadia Price on July 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Bridging The Distance With An Au Pair Candidate During The Phone Interview

A face-to-face meeting between the new host family and the au pair candidates is usually not possible, because an au pair will come directly from his/ her home country on a J-1 visa to live with the host family. However, there is the possibility of interacting through a live Skype conversation including a webcam, via e-mail and most importantly by phone.

The phone interview is a key portion of the selection process for an au pair. In addition to some questions suggested…

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Added by Nadia Price on July 13, 2010 at 8:24pm — No Comments

A Work-At-Home Mom’s Perspective On Hosting An Au Pair

Valerie Rempe is a veteran host mom and has balanced a full-time career with her family life through the au pair program for over 10 years. In today’s article, she shares her experience and unique perspective on hosting an au pair for full-time childcare:

“When my husband and I decided to start a family 12 years ago, we were very excited about the…
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Added by Nadia Price on July 7, 2010 at 9:35pm — No Comments

6 Childcare Considerations For The Work-At-Home Parent

While working from home has the great advantage of being closer to your children (and to your household chores…) and avoid a daily commute, that proximity can also represent the greatest disadvantage in the form of a major distraction! While you may be lucky and have 1 quiet, self-entertained baby and have the ability to postpone the need for childcare for a little while, eventually your two worlds may run into each other… So what are some of the things to consider… Continue

Added by Nadia Price on July 7, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 1776… the signing of the declaration of independence by the Founding Fathers. What an important day for America!

QUALIFYING TO BE “AMERICAN”

Notice I wrote ”OUR country”. It has been 10 years since I have been living in the USA, and it has taken me that long to finally feel like I belong here. I even took the citizenship oath a couple of years ago, and had…

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Added by Nadia Price on July 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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