We are a family of five –
myself and my husband and the three children aged 19, 16 and 13. Our eldest attends
University in Toronto. His younger brother will also move to Toronto University
in September 2007.
My husband and I hold full time executive jobs, which require us to travel and the two younger
children are in local public schools. There are no special needs for them except
that of an active, engaged adult to be with them for after school activities and to help keep the home operating smoothly
in the evening before we get home from work.
We have had au pairs for the past 6 years, three from Germany, one from South Africa, one
from Romania and one from Poland. Our relationship with our au pairs is one of
mutual respect and friendship. We have always treated them as family members
and have found the au pair experience to be fun and rewarding. We would like
our future au pair to participate in family activities, but also to take advantage of the au pair network and to take advantage
of the area’s attractions in order to continue or to build new interests. Over
the past couple of years we’ve had three of our previous au pairs return to the US to stay with us for a few weeks’
visit, which was fun for our family and for them.
We’re an active family and enjoy local activities, as well as visiting the many historic
and educational attractions in the area between New York and Washington. Our
au pairs have made many trips to New York with us and on their own. The family
takes part in golf, tennis and swimming in the summer and our daughter takes piano lessons throughout the school year. The au pair’s duties will include taking her to her after school activities
during the week or picking her up or taking her to school. We have a large house
with many living areas including a finished lower floor with a private bedroom and bathroom for the au pair and live in a
semi-rural residential area about 15 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware and 45 minutes from Philadelphia. We have a car set aside for personal to help the au pair get around.
The kids are academically bright but do need a little help with homework or with staying on
track with studying. We try to limit the Internet and TV access in the evenings
after school. We have high-speed access to the Internet and find that our au
pairs like to keep up with email with their friends from home and this is encouraged in their time off and in the evenings. Our au pairs have also invited family and friends from their home country to visit
for a week or so, on.
Our au pair has weekends off, from Friday night to Monday
morning. General weekly responsibilities include taking the children to their
activities, preparing the evening meal, general help in the morning and some housekeeping chores. We are very much looking forward to meeting our new au pair. We
will make every effort to ensure that we provide an educational and fun stay in the United States!
We have three children, ranging in
age from almost 4 to 9 years old. Our older child will turn 10 during the summer. She is a super helper with her younger brothers and is interested in art, dance and
animals. Our eldest son is 7 years old and enjoys sports, reading and playing. Our youngest will be 4 years old in March and tries to keep up with his big brother
and sister. He likes to play with legos, trucks and blocks and to help with cooking
and the play outdoors.
We live about 30 minutes outside of New York City in a suburb called Mamaroneck, New York. My husband works for a bank in NYC and works relatively long hours with lots of travel. He is British so we consider the au pair program a great way to help our children
understand other cultures and to learn about other languages, foods and customs. My
children have enjoyed learning about Austria, Germany, Canada and South Africa and even learned a few words of German. Our previous au pairs enjoyed the easy access to NYC, as well as the east coast of
the U.S. including Boston and Philadelphia. The museums, shopping, travel and
Broadway seem to fill the weekends. We consider the au pair to be part of the
family and include her in travel and other activities.
All three children will attend school during the school year and summer day camp at our nearby
beach club. The au pair’s responsibilities include helping out with the
driving to and from classes and school, supervising play dates, organizing arts and crafts and game playing, reading to the
children, helping with dinner, the children’s laundry, packing lunches for school, baking cookies and other simple errands
for the kids. We need an au pair who is comfortable cooking because we do eat
dinner together as a family almost every evening. I will ask the au pair to prepare
salads, cut up vegetables, help clean up after dinner and other tasks associated with meals.
We have a big playroom, a swimming pool, a big swing set and lots of books, games, puzzles and toys for the kids. The au pair has her own bedroom with attached bath.
The most important qualities for us in an au pair are kindness, patience and tidiness. We are looking for someone to nurture and play with the children. I am a stay-at-home Mom so I am generally around and really just need an extra pair of hands so that each
child gets a lot of love and attention. Having an au pair allows me to pick kids
up at school or do other errands while the other kids are at home playing or involved in their various activities. It’s also important that the au pair understands that she does need to be able to drive every day
with up to three kids in the car.
We are a young family with a
7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. We come from close, caring families and
hope that you will help us create a loving environment for our children, contribute to our family in other ways and learn
about life in America. First let me explain a little about who we are, our home
and community, and then what we expect of our au pair. Hopefully this will help
you understand what it will be like to live in our home for a year.
Our children are the stars
of the show in our household. Our son is a very happy, energetic curious boy
who charms everyone he meets. We would like him to grow up to be courageous yet
sensitive. So far he is doing well. He’s
extremely affectionate and loves peoples. He also loves science, computer games,
music, reading stories, swimming and playing soccer. He speaks and reads English
very well for his age. As we’ve had French, Spanish, German, Swedish and
Portugese speaking au pairs he also enjoys learning songs and games in new languages.
Our daughter was born in 2002 and is busy discovering the world at high speed. She is creative and loves to dance and play at the park. At
times she can be quite girly, wanting to wear only pink but at other times she is quite a tomboy. She is used to playing with 7 year old boys so is quite happy to wrestle, jump and play lego with the intensity
of her older brother. Both she and her brother love creative things – whether
its painting and art projects, cooking or forts and construction projects.
In addition to spending time with the kids we enjoy family, friends, sports, music and cooking. You would be welcome to join us on family trips to Vancouver where my parents live. We’ve both traveled extensively and treasure our memories and our friends around
the world. We have a 75-year old house in a beautiful neighborhood. The house
is two stories tall and has a view that overlooks the ocean and mountains. The
top floor contains our bedroom, one for the children and a bathroom. Seattle
is an amazing city. It’s on the ocean, close to mountains, large enough
to have big city events but still small enough to be civil and safe. It also
has a large selection of colleges, schools and adult education programs that will make it easy for you to fulfil your educational
requirements. We’re fortunate to live in on of the world’s most beautiful
places. We can be hiking or skiing in the mountains in 1 hour, or sea kayaking
with whales. All of this means you will have access to most cultural, sporting
and recreational activities that you wish.
We expect you to have high integrity, be very responsible
and most of all, love and care for the children. In exchange, we welcome you
into our family and will share with you our customs, experiences and life. Integrity
is very important to us. We expect you to be completely honest and respectful
of our home and possessions, as we will be honest with you and respect your privacy and possessions. This also means sharing your feelings if you disagree with us or feel homesick. We offer you a place in a family and a city you are sure to enjoy.
As a family, we enjoy summer barbecues overlooking the ocean, traditional holidays like thanksgiving and Christmas
and local trips to visit friends and family. We hope you will enjoy your new
year in your new home!