Au Pair Sis

As a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair, I am constantly trying to improve the cultural childcare experience for my Au Pairs and Host Families. I was approached by an Au Pair in my cluster who wanted a way to connect with other Au Pairs and learn more about the American culture. I approached Go Au Pair about this and after months of preparation, we released the Au Pair Sis program. This is an interactive online community that offers support and guidance during the Au Pairs stay in America and beyond. I was fortunate enough to be selected as the Au Pair Sis! Each week, I post blogs and videos about Cultural Differences, recipes, crafts, games and we even have a book club and a weekly Ask Au Pair Sis; where Au Pairs can ask questions to other LARs and headquarters.  Learn more about the Au Pair Sis program here http://www.goaupair.com/meet-au-pair-sis.aspx.

If you want to check out our interactive online community, we are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/goaupair, Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoAuPair and Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/goaupair/.

It has been so much fun working with a company that actually cares! I look forward to connecting with you in our online community!

Rui, an Au Pair from China- In the Country!

“I love children and I hope to grow up with them.”
Rui 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: Rui Age: 23 Availability Date: 11/29/2012 Nationality: China English Rank: 4
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Program Type: Standard Au Pair, Transition Au Pair Type of Experience: Tutoring, 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
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Education: Some College Languages: English, Mandarin Hobbies: Sports, pets, music
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How has Rui been described by references?
Summer is a kind and patient girl who loves to play with children.
Why does Rui want to be an Au Pair?
It is a great chance to learn more about Western culture and learn a different language.

Bring Culture into Your Home

Want to bring culture into your home and teach your family about another country? Welcome an Au Pair into your home! For a weekly stipened of less then $200 a week for 45 hrs of childcare, you can have live-in childcare on YOUR schedule. Au Pairs are seeking families across America so they can provide childcare and learn about our culture. In return, they will teach your family about their culture and offer you childcare as a member of your family. Learn about our transparent pricing and payment plans! 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, Janine 609-642-2642.

I would love to tell you why Go Au Pair is the best agency to choose for your cultural childcare experience. They offer transparent pricing, they will arrange a flight for your Au Pair on YOUR schedule, they offer an online community to assist your Au Pair in growing accustom to the American lifestyle and how to teach your family about their culture and  Go Au Pair is waiving the registration fee! That means you pay nothing unless you match with an Au Pair. They also offer mutual matching so you and your Au Pair can pick each other to make sure that you are a good fit! Call me now for more info 609-642-2642

 

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.

View available Au Pairs HERE.

Visit Go Au Pair at http://www.goaupair.com

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.

View available Au Pairs HERE.

Visit Go Au Pair at http://www.goaupair.com

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.

View available Au Pairs HERE.

Visit Go Au Pair at http://www.goaupair.com

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.

View available Au Pairs HERE.

Visit Go Au Pair at http://www.goaupair.com