Ten reasons to use an au pair

This list was offered by Carrie Crompton at Cultural Care Au Pair, who is offering a great $500 discount to the Choice Mom community.

1. Flexible: Modern work schedules vary, as do our kids activities; with an au pair you set the schedule weekly or monthly to allow for coverage when you most need it. No more running from work early to get the kids to soccer practice or having to choose between being in two places at once.

2. Customized: We’ll find the skill set you need: musical talent, sporty, a particular country or language – no problem.

3. Affordable: Regardless of whether you have one child or are chasing triplets, your family pays the same price for quality childcare.

4. Work-life balance: Take a deep breath! With an au pair you have the time you need to get your job done, take care of yourself and, maybe, even enjoy a little non-Mom Time.

5. Cultural enrichment: Introducing your child to another culture gives them an advantage that will last a lifetime. Their understanding of world will equip them for success!

6. Language exposure: Learning a second language or even just exposure to another language, broadens a child’s capacity to learn.

7. Family balance: Live in au pairs enable parents to relax, spend time with friends, and even enjoy a night out!

8. Household help: Having a consistent extra set of hands to help with the kids laundry, meal prep, tiding up and general up keep, allows family time to truly be quality time.

9. Trained and screened childcare provider: Our au pairs are carefully screened in their home countries before being accepted. Upon arrival, they go through rigorous training on US safety standards that is continued throughout the year by our Local Coordinators.

10. Personalized care where your kids are the focus: Your kids are the focus and receive 100% of the attention.

If you have questions, please contact Carrie directly at:

Cultural Care Au Pair
314-750-0509
Carrie.crompton at culturalcare.com
http://pages.culturalcare.com/choice/

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  5 comments for “Ten reasons to use an au pair

  1. Roseanne
    January 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

    My husband and I did all of our research using the Au Pair Clearinghouse to help find both of our au pairs. I didn"t find anything else on the internet like their agency ratings and reviews and we liked that the ratings are sent in by host parents who have already used an agency. In addition, there are many articles to read and tips to guide you through the year hosting an au pair (thank goodness, although we had our ups-and-downs, we didn"t experience all the potential problems that are discussed on the site). They also review au pair books and they interview people who work in the au pair business and I have learned a lot about the way agencies recruit au pairs. I highly recommend this site to any host parent thinking about using an au pair.

  2. Sasha K
    January 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I did a lot of the research when I was looking for an au pair and found that Cultural Care as the oldest and largest agency is always the industry leader. They listen to their customers through biannual surveys and recruit quality au pairs only through offices rather than agents. They also provide a better network for au pairs locally and keep their prices very competitive. Good luck, it’s a great program for the right family.

  3. Jennifer
    January 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

    This is a great option for single parents and those with more than 1 child. I am a single mom of one and had an au pair for over a year. The organization I used was very supportive of both the au pair and the needs of me and my family. When the first au pair did not fit into the rhythm of our household, we went into "transition". Ultimately we ended up with a fantastic young lady (25 years old) who is still a member of our family. She was with us only a year, but means so much to both of us. We had an amazing experience and I am very glad to have gone this route.I have been fortunate to travel to many different parts of the globe and wanted to give that experience to another young person.

  4. Michele Brasch
    January 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I am a choice mom with a 2.5 year old daughter and 7 month old son and am currently on my 3rd au pair and cannot say enough good things about this option of childcare for the choice mom! I love the fact that my children have one on one care in their own home. I don’t have to rush in the morning to get them dressed and off to daycare, and it provides me incredible flexibility with my work schedule and even allows me one evening a month to participate in a Bunco group. I also love the fact that I have another adult living in my home in case of an emergency, and for socializing. I also think my children have bonded well with the au pairs because they live in our home. On the weekends when my au pair is technically off and home (which isn’t often on the weekends), if I need to run to the store for an hour or so, it also provides me that option. It is also an incredibly affordable option once you have more than one child. I’ve had au pairs from Asia and Scandanavia and my daughter can sing songs in both Swedish and Danish and already has a great love of Thai food. I truly seen her benefiting from the different cultural exposures. All three of my au pairs have become like family and we still – and I’m sure will continue to – stay in touch. I have worked with Aupair In America and have been VERY happy with their program.

  5. January 8, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Au pairs are a wonderful option for large families. If you use Daycare, you know you have to pay for each child – with an au pair, you can have multiple children at no extra cost. Parents love the built-in flexibility that comes with hosting an au pair too and children enjoy being cared for in the comfort and security of their own home.

    In addition, studies show that au pair care is more affordable when you compare yearly costs of both daycare and private nanny services.

    So, what would be the downside of hosting an au pair? Many au pairs are very young, age 18 and up, and are inexperienced childcare givers. Not all agencies are the same – some promise well-screened au pairs who can speak English and drive well, and they don’t always live up to these promises.

    Parents have to take charge and research all 13 agencies and read all the reviews and ratings that are out there on the internet. After they choose a great agency, parents have to conduct solid interviews with each au pair and check their references. You can match with a great au pair – but only if you do your homework first!

    An Educated Parent Makes the Best Childcare Consumer!

    Edina Stone, Founder
    AuPairClearinghouse.com, Nation’s Only Consumer Information Resource on the Au Pair Industry

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