Au Pairs

Today’s Au Pair: Professional, Specialized and Well-Trained

April 5, 2016

PROaupair Heidi Mispagel, executive vice president at PROaupair and the mom to six children under the age of 10, knows a thing or two about au pairs having worked in the au pair industry for over 20 years. A host mom herself, she shares her insights about today’s au pair in this guest article. Learn more about PROaupair’s professional au pairs and unique program for families with special needs at www.proaupair.com.

As a Bay Area working mother of six children under the age of 10, I’ve experienced every form of childcare that exists. I’ve also spent more than 20 years working in the au pair industry and have a deep understanding of every aspect of the business. During that time, I’ve seen a lot of improvements to the program – yet, most host families know little about these changes.

Tips from the Au Pair Trenches: Our Fifteenth Au Pair!

September 8, 2009

Today's post is by guest contributor Deb Schwarz, local coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair and the mother of four. Learn more about Deb and Cultural Care Au Pair at d-schwarz.local.culturalcare.com.

As we begin a new year with our fifteenth au pair (oh my!), I took a moment to reflect on the fond memories, the twists and turns, and things I've learned over the years. Many of you may have heard about "au pairs" through friends, the news, or from the Internet—and are likely more educated than I was 9 years ago when, pregnant with triplets and with no relatives in sight, I stumbled upon the term "au pair" in the yellow pages. What a wild and wonderful ride it has been since then!

Finding an Au Pair for Your Family

May 30, 2008

Au Pair and babyToday's post is by guest contributor Deb Schwarz, local coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair and the mother of four. Learn more about Deb and Cultural Care Au Pair at d-schwarz.local.culturalcare.com.

Making the Live In/Live Out Childcare Decision

Many families grapple with what type of childcare option to choose.  Live-in, live-out, or out-of-home daycare, or “do it yourself.”  I know that I grappled with this decision when our triplets were born 7 years ago, and we already had a 20-month-old toddler at home (oh my!).

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