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 to study for a test! I wonder if most Americans, and a lot of our au pairs, know some of the basic questions asked about the constitution, the political and legal system?

Some are more tedious and quickly forgotten, but others I think would be worth discussing around the dinner table with your spouse, children and your au pair… and test their knowledge of their (host) country!

Example:

  • How many stars are there in the flag and what does each stand for?
  • What do the stripes on the flag represent?
  • What is the 4th of July?
  • Independence from whom?
  • Who was the first President of the United States?
  • For how long do we elect the President?
  • Who is the Vice-President?
  • Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
  • What are the 13 original States called and name them.
  • Name the right guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.

These are not too difficult, and hopefully your family passed the test. But I believe knowledge is liberty, and liberty can only be appreciated when we understand there was a price paid to obtain it.

AN “INDEPENDENCE DAY GIFT” FOR NEW HOST FAMILIES!

Parents applying to the au pair program between July 6 and July 31, receive ONE FREE MONTH OF CHILDCARE! A little bit of independence and flexibility with balancing your career and family life, in the form of a nice $550.00 discount on your 12-month au pair childcare program fee. Just contact me for more details!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

Reposted from http://nprice.aupairnews.com

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