Rae Margaret, an Au Pair from South Africa with Go Au Pair


“I”m a gentle, patient person.”

Rae Margaret is part of the cultural childcare program. Giving your child the gift of experiencing different cultures can last a life time. Parents are always looking for new ways to bring culture into their home. Enrich your child’s life as well as the life of another person by making the connection with an Au Pair. An Au Pair will come from another country to experience the American culture and provide childcare for your family. The cost is low and the cultural care experience is priceless. To get started, click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx

Name: Rae Margaret
Age: 18
Availability Date: 01/15/2013
Nationality: South Africa
English Rank: 5

Program Type: Standard Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting, Youth Group
Age Experience: 2-5 years old, 5 -10 years old, Over 10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: No

Education: High School Graduate
Languages: English, Afrikaans
Hobbies: Running, gyming, music and love art, and drawing.

How has Rae Margaret been described by references?

Reliable, dependable, and her caring and compassionate nature.

Why does Rae Margaret want to be an Au Pair?

The main and biggest reason why I want to be an au pair in the U.S. next year is that I have a great passion for children. Another reason why I want to be an au pair is the U.S. next year is that I have never been out of South Africa and I think this is going to be a great adventure for me and a great way to grow more as a person.

Au Pair Live-in Childcare is Flexible and Affordable.My name is Janine and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx or feel free to contact me at AuPairRep [at] gmail DOT com.

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Panama Carnival

Go Au Pair’s Featured Country is Panama.

Panama is an exotic country that offers a vibrant mix of cultural influences and sights
and sounds that tantalize the senses. World renowned for its beauty, Panama boasts
spotless beaches as well as mighty mountain ranges. Fortunately, there are a lot of
activities in Panama that let you enjoy the country’s natural splendor.
Travellers in Panama can delve into the Island of Flowers or go scuba diving along
the Caribbean. Panamanian night life is also quite colorful, and there are various
magical islands to explore. Of all these amazing activities, perhaps the most exciting
event for travellers is the Panama Carnival.

Panama Carnival Details

Carnival has been celebrated annually since the early 1900s on the four days leading
up to Ash Wednesday. It is the most celebrated festival in the country and one of the
biggest events in the world. People book their tickets way in advance to attend and
are left with memories they cherish forever.
The town of Las Tablas is the best place to feel the true essence and spirit of
Carnival. The rivalry of the residents who live there leads to an exhibition of
beautifully designed floats and costumes that are a true feast for the eyes. There
are also fireworks, live concerts, games, and large trucks that spray clean water on
participants to keep energy levels high.
You can also enjoy Carnival in Via Espana, which is the main area in Panama City.
The Carnival queen is selected there and is featured in a parade and other related
activities. Some of the hotels even organize events that involve food and dancing,
further promoting the lively atmosphere of Carnival. The streets literally overflow with
people, music and joy.
Mardi Gras is arguably the biggest part of the Panama Carnival. The parade on the
main Carnival day in Panama City is better than any other before it, and people enjoy
themselves well into the early hours of the morning. It is so popular that is has even
spawned similar celebrations in other places around the world.
This information about the Carnival in Panama is from Veneto.

Au Pair Live-in Childcare is Flexible and Affordable.My name is Janine and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx or feel free to contact me at AuPairRep [at] gmail DOT com.

Receive $100 off your fees when you welcome an Au Pair from Panama into your home.

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Lin, an Au Pair from China with Go Au Pair


“I”m an outgoing person who enjoys meeting new people, working with others and challenging myself.”
Lin is part of the cultural childcare program. Giving your child the gift of experiencing different cultures can last a life time. Parents are always looking for new ways to bring culture into their home. Enrich your child’s life as well as the life of another person by making the connection with an Au Pair. An Au Pair will come from another country to experience the American culture and provide childcare for your family. The cost is low and the cultural care experience is priceless. To get started, click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx

Name: Lin
Age: 21
Availability Date: ASAP
Nationality: China
English Rank: 4

Program Type: Standard Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting
Age Experience: Under 2 years old, 5 -10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: Yes

Education: College Graduate
Languages: English, Japanese, Mandarin
Hobbies: I play hula hoop or badminton every morning. Taichi is my favorite sport. I love basketball games, ping pong, and cooking.
How has Lin been described by references?

She is outgoing, happy, humble, full of love, full sense of responsibility and has rich experience.

Why does Lin want to be an Au Pair?

My goal is to work at the foreign enterprises. So I made a decision when I saw the “Aupair program”. I’d like to catch this opportunity to improve my oral English and know some American culture.

Au Pair Live-in Childcare is Flexible and Affordable.My name is Janine and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx or feel free to contact me at AuPairRep [at] gmail DOT com.

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Implementing the Grab Bag for child behavior

Check out how this mom from I’m Still Learning uses a Grab Bag to help with her kids.

I should mention, through the years I’ve tried so many rewards systems that never seemed to stick for us – sticker charts, cotton ball jars, points system… you name it, I’ve tried it.

I love the idea of a sticker chart, but it never stuck in my house (get it? Stuck? ha ha!)

Then I developed GRAB BAG. It was the first day of school back in September.  You know how it is in the beginning of the school year… you’re bound and determined to be the best mom on the planet with kids who are the awesomest on the planet.

So, I dropped my boys off at school that warm September morning and kept right on driving to Target (my weakness in life) to pick up a few things. While there, it hit me: I’m gonna fill a bag with goodies for my kids — crap that I usually don’t like them to have.  When they do something well or behave in a way that makes mama proud, they’ll get to stick their hand in a goodie bag for a surprise treat.

I’ve never had a rewards system last more than a month.  We’re now approaching the end of the school year and GRAB BAG is still going strong!

Here’s my criteria:

  • Positive feedback from the teacher: This is a biggie! If they were a really good listener that day or asked good questions during carpet time or followed instructions really well, GRAB BAG.  What doesn’t get rewarded is if I ask the teacher how they did that day and she responds with a, “good” or “not bad.”  That’s expected.  But if they’ve made progress with a problem area, that gets rewarded. For example, my 9-year old struggles with focusing sometimes.  If his teacher tells me that she saw him really trying to sit still and listen, that counts.  He’s trying and making progress. GRAB BAG!
  • Progress in TaeKwon Do: This activity is a very disciplined sport.  A lot is required of my boys.  Classes are three times a week.  It’s hard work and not always fun.  If they make an advancement towards the next belt or get Student of the Day from the instructor, GRAB BAG!
  • When they do something unexpected: My 7-year old tends to surprise me with things.  He sometimes will clean a room without being asked or do his reading without me even reminding him to.  GRAB BAG!
  • Being nice to others: If I notice that they shared when they weren’t told to or that they comforted someone who was in pain or upset, GRAB BAG!
  • When they clean — really clean: After a day of playing in the basement playroom, it’s usually trashed!  So, I’ll yell down to them, “if you clean the basement – and clean it good – they you can each get GRAB BAG!  It’s amazing just how thoroughly they put their junk away.
  • Good report card: This is sort of a no-brainer.  Many kids get rewarded for a good report card. And so with mine, it’s GRAB BAG.
  • Positive reinforcement for scary things:  If they face something that scares them, GRAB BAG. For example, after they’ve had a shot at the doctor, I usually tell them how brave they were (even if they were scared and crying the whole time) and reward them for it. This positive reinforcement will help them to see that even when they have to do something icky, it’s not all bad.

I also use it to pry information out of my kids.  Sometimes, I’ll tell them that whoever gives me the most detail about their day will get GRAB BAG.  It has to be things I didn’t already know. Only problem with this is, I end up getting such a deep level of detail that I even learn the peeing schedule of their classmates.

As for what they get when they stick their hand into the magical bag, I’ve had to do a little trial and error. Here are the things that make my little Pavlovian beasts salivate:

  • Crap Candy – juicy drop pops, ring pops, Sweedish fish, etc…  This is crap the Dentist would lecture me about if only he knew (I don’t intend to tell him).
  • Target $5 Gift Card – my kids are old enough to know that this means they can buy a little treat for themselves.  When they were younger and needed more instant gratification, this may not have worked as well.
  • Fart Putty – you know, that stupid gooey stuff that comes in a little plastic container that when you press it makes a
    farting noise.  My kids love this, of course! What’s not to love?
  • Astronaut Ice Cream – I found this at Old Navy, believe it or not.  It’s freeze dried ice cream that comes in a pack.  If you haven’t tried it, it’s pretty cool.
  • iTunes Gift Cards – My kids just got iPod Touches for Christmas.  The rule is, they can’t download songs or games unless they have a gift card or a credit of some sort. So this ends up being a huge incentive for them!

GRAB BAG has helped me to accomplish a lot with my kids.  It’s worked so well, I’m thinking of instituting a similar program for my husband.  Maybe, just maybe, he’ll eventually learn to put his shoes AWAY!

Au Pair Live-in Childcare is Flexible and Affordable.My name is Janine and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx or feel free to contact me at AuPairRep [at] gmail DOT com.

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Vanessa, an Au Pair from Brazil with Go Au Pair


“I love to be in the company of children that I care about.”
Vanessa is part of the cultural childcare program. Giving your child the gift of experiencing different cultures can last a life time. Parents are always looking for new ways to bring culture into their home. Enrich your child’s life as well as the life of another person by making the connection with an Au Pair. An Au Pair will come from another country to experience the American culture and provide childcare for your family. The cost is low and the cultural care experience is priceless. To get started, click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx
Name: Vanessa
Age: 25
Availability Date: 11/09/2012
Nationality: Brazil
English Rank: 3

Program Type: Standard Au Pair, Transition Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting, Nanny, Teacher, Volunteer
Age Experience: Under 2 years old, 2-5 years old, 5 -10 years old, Over 10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: Yes

Education: College Graduate
Languages: English, Portuguese
Hobbies: Reading, children, English, travel, cooking

How has Vanessa been described by references?

She is very responsible, kind, affectionate, funny, and charming.

Why does Vanessa want to be an Au Pair?

I want to be an Au Pair because I love children. I love the idea of being a member of another family, knowing a new place, language, and customs.

Au Pair Live-in Childcare is Flexible and Affordable.My name is Janine and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx or feel free to contact me at AuPairRep [at] gmail DOT com.

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Apple Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese and Cranberries

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 40 Minutes

And it has walnuts, too.

ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
⅓ cup Apple Balsamic Glaze
½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
½ tsp Rosemary
¼ tsp Thyme
2 cloves Garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper to Taste
4 tbsp Garlic Olive Oil
¼ cup Chopped Walnuts
⅓ cup Dried Cranberries
¼ cup Crumbled Goat Cheese

directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Using a peeler, peel the skin off two large sweet potatoes. Cut into cubes. Place in large bowl. Toss with ⅓ cup Apple Balsamic Glaze, red pepper flakes, rosemary, thyme, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Throughly coat sweet potatoes with ingredients.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Drizzle baking sheet and aluminum with garlic olive oil. Pour all sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Gently remove baking sheet from oven, turn potatoes, and return to oven for 15 more minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.

Place in serving dish. Garnish with chopped walnuts, cranberries and goat cheese. Serve while warm and devour.

Recipe from Country Cleaver.

Au Pair Live-in Childcare is Flexible and Affordable.My name is Janine and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx or feel free to contact me at AuPairRep [at] gmail DOT com.

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Marina, an Au Pair from Brazil with Go Au Pair


“I am confident that I can be a good [Au Pair] who takes care of the children with affection.”
Marina is part of the cultural childcare program. Giving your child the gift of experiencing different cultures can last a life time. Parents are always looking for new ways to bring culture into their home. Enrich your child’s life as well as the life of another person by making the connection with an Au Pair. An Au Pair will come from another country to experience the American culture and provide childcare for your family. The cost is low and the cultural care experience is priceless. To get started, click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx
Name: Marina
Age: 19
Availability Date: ASAP
Nationality: Brazil
English Rank: 5

Program Type: Standard Au Pair, EduCare Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting, Teacher
Age Experience: Under 2 years old, 5 -10 years old, Over 10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: Yes

Education: High School Graduate
Languages: English
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, going to concerts, and arts events

How has Marina been described by references?

She”s a hard working woman, responsible and she knows how to solve problems very well.

Why does Marina want to be an Au Pair?

I am very glad to have an opportunity to join in the Au Pair Program, because this wonderful program will give me a chance to learn more about American”s culture and practicing my English skills.

Au Pair Live-in Childcare is Flexible and Affordable.My name is Janine and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: http://www.goaupair.com/Northern-New-Jersey.aspx or feel free to contact me at AuPairRep [at] gmail DOT com.

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