How Important is it to for Au Pairs Working In America to Speak English?

According to Edina Stone of Au Pair ClearningHouse au pairs with good English skills are one of the “top” priorities for host parents. When she surveyed parents in their au pair polls, parents rate English as the most important childcare skill. An overwhelming majority of host parents (93%) rate English skills as their Number One […]

Views of a Serbian Au Pair About an American Christmas

By IvanaWhen I came to America from Serbia to work as an au pair for a family it was a difficult adjustment. There was a language barrier. I was not used to the American diet. I didn’t own enough modern clothes. But, the hardest adjustment is the lavish lifestyle of many material possessions, yet ungrateful […]

An Au Pair Thanksgiving

Why a Japanese Au Pair Loved an American ThanksgivingBy Nanami Last year I came to America from Japan to work as an au pair for a family with two girls in Morristown, NJ. It was a difficult adjustment. Not only was there a language barrier, but I owned just a few non-Western clothes and I […]

Being a Governess Abroad

Another Way for Americans to Experience Other Cultures Yesterday we discussed how Americans can become au pairs abroad. But, only young adults may join the au pair cultural exchange program. Governesses, home school teachers, and teachers (whether young or old) can also teach in-homes overseas. Many American families work and live overseas. The parents may want […]

Working as an Au Pair Abroad

For the Cultural Experience, Not the Money Yesterday an American nanny asked for information for becoming an au pair in Europe. Au pairs are young adults who want to travel, learn a new language, experience a different culture, and share their own language and culture with a host family from another country. In exchange for room and board […]

How to Become an Au Pair for an American Family

New Article for Au Pairs on eHow.comBy tesora Below is part of a new article found on To see the entire article click here. Step 1Study English. If you will be living with a family in the United States you will need to be able to understand and speak basic English. Most American families […]

The Jealous Parent

The Nanny or Au Pair and Parent RelationshipThe relationship between a parent and nanny (or au pair) is just as important as the relationship between the caregiver and the child. Although caring for children is a nanny’s top priority, if the caregiver cannot communicate effectively with the parents, or help raise the children as the […]

Keeping Motivated During Down-Time

When the third grader is at school full-time and the toddler is napping it can be hard to be motivated to do another load of laundry when your favorite soap opera is on the flat screen and some leftover birthday cake is waiting to be tasted in the fridge. Most nannies and au pairs have […]

Are Nannies and Au Pairs Being Bullied?

We have been discussing kids that are bullied. But what about nannies that feel bullied by their employers? Photo from ABC television series What Would You Do? In February, 2009 ABC’s “What Would You Do?” television series asked what you would do if you saw a nanny being mistreated. Would you speak up or look […]

Au Pair Increase in Salary

Au Pair salaries to increase on Friday, July 24, 2009. An increase in minimum wage will go into effect on Friday, July 24, 2009. The au pair stipend will increase from $176.85 to $195.75/week. On that date au pairs must receive at least $195.75 per week. The au pair stipend is based on a U.S. […]