December 06, 2016

The holidays are full of traditions we take for granted, rarely questioning why we do them. But what happens when our children – or our professional au pair – begin asking us questions? When faced with the prospect of explaining why we leave Santa cookies and milk or why American adults drink eggnog at the holidays, many of us suddenly realize how little we know about our own traditions. [...] Read More »

December 02, 2016

Recently, an On Parenting blog post in The Washington Post, written by Shazia Memon, a nurse in a pediatric intensive-care unit, brought tears to our eyes. In it she shared her gratitude to her many child patients and their parents for the moments of compassion, of endurance, of laughter and of hope that they passed along to her during her service. [...] Read More »

November 28, 2016

Bedtime stories are universal – but the content of those stories depends a lot upon factors such as country of origin, culture, and language. For example, a child born in China might be read “The Runaway Bunny” while a child born in Australian might be read “Possum Magic.” Since this week marks the anniversary of the birthdays of three celebrated American authors – Louisa May Alcott (Nov 29th), Madeleine L’Engle (Nov 29th), and Mark Twain (Nov 30th) – we thought we’d share some suggestions for American books with stories that will appeal to children and professional au pairs alike! [...] Read More »

November 22, 2016

For many international visitors, Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. Celebrated by most Americans, it is a holiday that encourages pulling an extra chair up to the table, eating a little (or a lot!) more than necessary, and taking a moment to be grateful. [...] Read More »

November 18, 2016

In honor of International Education Week, November 14 – 18, 2016, apex PROaupair asked our professional au pairs to share what educational classes they took (or are going to take) to fulfill the educational requirement of the program (at least six semester hours of credit at an accredited post-secondary institution). Below are some of their responses! [...] Read More »