We are a happy, busy family looking for a loving, energetic and flexible
au pair who enjoys outdoor activities with children. Our kids love reading, swimming,
hiking, sports and playing with other kids.
Our eldest daughter is 16 years old and is in 10th grade. Our middle daughter is 11 and in 6th grade.
Both girls are in school from 8:00 to 2:30 each day, with after school sports or other activities 2 – 3 days
per week. Our youngest daughter, 8, is in 2nd grade and in school
from 8 to 3:15.
Our au pair will have her own room, private phone, TV / VCR bicycle and access
to one of our cars for local driving. Our five bedroom, three bathroom
house is about one and a half miles from the beaches and 5 minutes from the train station.
New York City is a 50-minute train ride away. Our town has two beaches,
several parks and playgrounds, a variety of churches, shops and a movie theater. With
many au pairs in the area, there are lots of programs and activities for them. I
work 4 days a week in New York City. My husband works in a town nearby as an
attorney. We need an au pair who is flexible and can adapt to our always changing
schedules. We love to hike, bike and do other outdoor activities with our kids.
The au pair’s responsibilities involve caring for the children, mainly
when we are at work. Responsibilities include playing and reading and doing art
projects with them, preparing their meals and cleaning up after their meals, driving them to various activities, taking them
to parks and beaches, laundering their clothes and tidying up at the end of the day.
We encourage our children to play or read. The broader our au pair’s
interests (in art, music, crafts, hobbies, sports or games) the better.
We believe that the au pair program provides a fun and unique learning experience
for both the au pair and our family, and we look forward to welcoming her.
We are a family living in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. We’ve been married for 15 years and have three children, aged 12, 9 and 6. This would be our second year with an au pair and we are really looking forward to
it. We’ve had positive experiences with our first au pair and with a little
more experience under our belts we now know how to make it even better. We have
a nice arrangement for an au pair in our basement, with a sunny bedroom, private bath and private entrance / exit to the back
patio. We provide computer/internet access as well as a cell phone for local
calls. Driving is an important part of the duties and we have a car for the au
pair to use.
We’re a pretty lively family.
Everyone is busy and sometimes life seems pretty chaotic. As a family
we love to ski (Washington is never really snowy enough for us). We’re
very active and all three children are on local swim team. Biking is also very
big around here and there are many trails that lead far and wide. These are outings
everyone enjoys whenever we can fit it into the schedule. On top of all that
we have school and homework. Given all these demands we think a curious au pair
will fit in best with the family.
Our eldest is 12 and in 6th grade.
He’s very talkative and loves adults. He can sometimes be a little
emotional but is also thoughtful and affectionate. Our eldest daughter is a little
pistol – small in body but not in spirit. She’s pretty intense and
competitive but has a soft side as well. 9 years old and in the 4th
grade, she is the soccer player in the family but loves music as well. She’s
a good student and hates to miss the bus so is very good about getting ready in the morning.
Our youngest daughter, 6 years old and in the 1st grade, is independent, easy going and loving. She often acts the peacemaker between her brother and sister. We
often joke that she’ll be an actress because she loves to perform and loves to talk to people – she can really
work a crowd. We think an outgoing and friendly au pair with a sunny disposition
will fit in well with us. A good sense of humor will come in very handy.
We need flexible care, focusing on before and after school except when school
is out. In addition, we often need that second set of hands in the early evening
and sometimes on weekends just to get everyone where they need to go. We would
like our au pair to be available for weekend babysitting two times a month. A
typical schedule would start in the morning around 7am and would include helping with breakfast, packing lunches and generally
helping the kids get out the door. Duties would include serving a healthy snack,
helping with homework and driving to activities when needed. During the school
week we don’t the let the kids watch TV until they’ve finished their homework.
Of course, the au pair will have access to TV after the children go to bed. The
au pair would be responsible for the children’s laundry, changing their beds and serving and cleaning up from their
meals (mostly breakfast). Sundays and Friday mornings would be “off duty”
times. We look forward to finding the perfect match and sharing our home with
an au pair.