Our family lives in New Jersey, in a cul de sac that leads onto a large park with a pool,
tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball court, playground and sledding hill! The
main floor of our home has an eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room and office. The
next floor has our bedroom and bathroom and our daughters' bedrooms and bathroom. The
top storey has our au pair’s bedroom and bathroom. The finished basement
includes our son’s bedroom and bathroom, as well as an entertainment area and laundry room. Outside we have a big deck with barbeque, cooking and eating area, plus a lawn and garden.
We are an intercultural couple. My husband is
of Mexican-American descent and I’m of Irish-Scottish. We kind of compliment
eachother, with my husband being more reserved and me being slightly more direct. We’re
also career people. I work in marketing and my husband is a lawyer at a major
firm. The loves of our lives though are our children.
Our eldest is 18 and is finishing up high school in the summer. At the moment he’s waiting to find out where he will be going to College/University. He’s bright, energetic, outgoing, friendly and easy to get along with. He’s a great sportsman and plays the guitar.
Our eldest daughter, who is 15, is still tomboy and little lady, equally pleased by rolling
down a grassy hill and dressing up for special events. She’s really sharp
and incredibly curious with a great sense of humor. She too is good at sports. She’s also really into her books and reading.
She loves people and talking with them.
Our second eldest daughter is 10 years old with boundless energy and is interested in everything,
particularly maths and science. She has a plan for everything; she's very helpful,
eager to please and get things accomplished.
Our youngest is 9 years old. She’s a great
runner and climber. When she’s not active her nose is usually buried in
a book. She also does well at school. She
has great comic timing, is open, relaxed and gets along well with everyone.
We have had au pairs in our home for over 14 years.
They have been wonderful, brining new worlds to our children and to us. We
make them part of our family and us part of theirs. We and our children have
gained a better understanding of our world, benefiting from exposure to different languages, cultural approaches and cooking! Our au pairs have had an enriching American
experience, being involved not only in our family life, but also the many educational opportunities this area offers and the
easy access to New York City’s many offerings. We look forward to our next
‘au pair year’ with great aniticipation!
We are a happy, busy family with two
healthy, joyful boys. Our eldest is 4 and our youngest is 2 years old. We’re very family-oriented and enjoy spending time with our sons and extended families. We’re lucky to have immediate family near us. My husbands
mom, dad and sisters all live nearby. My parents and brother don’t live
too far away and we visit them often.
Our family enjoys swimming at our community
pool, hiking in the nearby parks and biking. We visit museums now and then and
we occasionally go to the theatre. The Entertainment and Sports Arena is just
a few minutes from our house and we enjoy hockey games and concerts there often. We
also enjoy spending time with our friends and neighbors either at their homes or ours.
Our eldest son is very bright, articulate
and fun. He loves preschool and it’s the highlight of his week. He loves to read books, take walks outside, play with cars, trains and airplanes and do art projects. He’s very independent, he likes to do things for himself and he loves to learn. Our youngest likes to have fun playing with different toys or with his big brother. He loves to laugh. He’s content,
but will also let you know when he’s not happy about something. He has
really started to talk a lot and it’s so much fun to watch him learn. When
he doesn’t want to do something he says “no thank you”. It’s
I usually start the day with breakfast
and some playtime. Our current au pair then takes over by doing activities with
them in the morning. Sometimes they go for adventures, which might be going to
the bakery for a treat or to the park for some fun. While the boys are at school
the au pair can do laundry or other activities related to the children. Around
5pm I take over and the au pair is free for the day.
We think having an au pair as part of
our family will provide us not only with the quality in-home childcare we’re looking for but the additional opportunity
for our family to be exposed to a new culture while sharing our own culture with a young person. As our children grow, exposure to new cultures is key to their understanding the world. This unique situation has helped us learn about other cultures in depth.
We’re looking forward to that experience with our new au pair. Our
home is in a suburb of the North Carolina state capitol, Raleigh. We have two
major malls nearby and many restaurants, museums and theaters. There are also
several parks where you can hike, bike, horseback ride or picnic.