January 13, 2017

There is no quicker way to realize you don’t know much about a particular tradition or superstition than to have someone from another country – like your professional au pair – ask you to explain it to her. Case in point: Friday the 13th. [...] Read More »

January 12, 2017

Study after study shares the long-term benefits of exercise for both adults and children – treating everything from depression and low self esteem to back pain and stress. Over the last several years, a number of studies – focusing on everything from yoga to “cybercyling” – have shown the benefits that regular exercise has for children with special needs. [...] Read More »

January 10, 2017

For some American families, particularly those that are monolingual, hiring an au pair might seem daunting. All au pairs are foreign nationals, which means they will speak English as a second (or sometimes third) language. If you don’t speak another language, or if you’ve never communicated regularly with someone who isn’t a native English speaker, you might wonder if you’ll be able to understand your au pair and vice versa. [...] Read More »

January 05, 2017

Parenting is a full-time job – but unlike other full-time jobs, you will never be asked to sit down for an annual review or get a thoughtful assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Any parenting goals you set for yourself will be yours alone – so why not give it a try? We crowd sourced the Internet for some useful ideas. [...] Read More »

December 27, 2016

With less than a week to go before 2017, the time has come to ask yourself what you’d like to accomplish in the year ahead. Or in other words, what’s your New Year’s resolution? [...] Read More »