I would like to tell you a little bit about our family. We have
been in the Au Pair in America program for 3 years. We have truly enjoyed our
experience with the program. Our first au pair stayed with us for 2 years and
our second has decided to go back to University. Our family is made up of my
wife, our two daughters, our dog and last, but not always least, me – the host Dad.
My wife works from home. Her job does allow her to be home most mornings
and around when the kids get off the school bus. But, because she can be out
on appointments throughout the day, we need help to make sure our girls have someone there to get them ready for school and
there for them as they get home.
Our eldest is 12 years old going on 16! She is at a time in her life
where she wants independence but still has to hold on to being a little girl. We
have told her that our next au pair will be more of a friend or ‘older sister’ than her ‘babysitter’. We hope our au pair will understand the changes she is going through. Being a friend to her will be your responsibility. We need
for you to get her to activities after school. She does babysit for many of our
neighbors, so in her mind she doesn’t understand why she needs someone other than her parents watching her. As for her personality, she is a quiet, confident young lady. She
sometimes needs a push to do things but once she decides to do things her focus is very strong. She plays the flute and loves to bake, which has not helped with our waistlines!
Our youngest daughter is our little sparkplug! She is a fun loving 8
year old. Her goal in life is to play with her friends. Her imagination is boundless. She works very hard at school. She sets goals and really tries to achieve them.
She is just starting to take piano lessons. She is on the swim team and
does quite well. She enjoys playing house.
Her sense of humor will keep you laughing. She will be under your care
most of the time. As for the dog, she is a loveable Golden Retriever. We have a big back yard and she loves to play there.
I work in town about an hour away from our house. I leave early so I
can be home early. I enjoy my job. I
work for a company that remodels older homes. I love to play golf, guitar and
cards. I feel that my wife and I are fair with our daughters and our au pairs. We believe that our family wants and needs someone who will be part of the family. We understand and respect your need for your own time.
We hope that you will take a look at our family and wish you the best of luck in your search!
My husband and I have been married for 17 years. We bought our first
home 7 years ago and moved in with our cat. Our first daughter was born on April
5th 2000 and our second daughter was born on August 10th 2004.
When we are not spending time with our family we both work in New York City.
My husband is a Technical Director for a company and I work in Human Resources at a Real Estate firm. I have been there for just over a year.
Our main goal in life for our daughters is that they be happy in whatever they choose to do! So far, we are off to
a great start. Our eldest is a happy, sweet, active 6 year old. She loves spending
time with her little sister, cousins and friends. She has friends that she sees
at school and during play dates. She is in first grade and goes to school each
day from 8:45am to 2:45pm. After school she plays with her sister or has play
dates with her friends. She is very social but also enjoys quiet time, drawing
and reading. Our youngest is 2 years old and goes to Nursery school two afternoons
a week. She loves to eat and will try just about any kind of new food! She also enjoys playing in the backyard with her sister. We
look forward to welcoming an energetic, responsible, loving au pair into our family.
Since both my husband and I work full time during the week, the au pair’s working hours are all between Monday
and Friday. Every evening and weekend is available for the Au Pair to explore
the NYC area and socialize with the many au pairs and other new friends in the community.
We have always been interested in learning about other cultures. We
both come from Irish ancestry and were raised with an appreciation of the cultural diversity around us. Visiting our families in Ireland helped peak our interest in seeing the world. We enjoy travelling and have had the opportunity to visit such places as Ireland, England, Wales, France,
Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, India, Nepal, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Canada,
Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. We look forward to welcoming an Au
Pair into our family with whom we can exchange cultural experiences. We will
do all we can to make our house a home for the au pair, while at the same time, respecting her privacy and independence.
Our home is in Westchester County, NY. It’s a waterfront community
and during the summer we spend a lot of time at the local beach club and pool. The
neighborhood is very family –oriented, evidenced by the abundance of children playing on the tree-lined streets. Many families include au pairs, nannies and other childcare providers in addition
to family members. The train ride to midtown Manhattan takes approximately 40
minutes. The proximity allows for easy access to the multitude of cultural and
educational opportunities available in NYC, such as museums, theatres and education centers.
are very excited about the prospect of you joining our family. We have had au
pairs from Au Pair in America from 1996 – 2004 and have had many wonderful and positive experiences. In fact, in 2003 we travelled to Europe and were able to visit with 6 of the 8 au pairs! It was wonderful to see everyone again, including parents and boyfriends who had previously visited us
in the United States.
moved to Indianapolis in August 2005. After 20 years on the East Coast we were
tired of the traffic and congestions. My husband is an attorney and has been
working in a local office since we moved. I took 18 months off to pack and move
the family to Indiana but I’ll soon be heading back to work full time; also as an attorney.
boys have always loved having au pairs. Our eldest is now 14 and is a tall, handsome
and kind young man. He loves history, math, lacrosse and fencing. Our youngest is 10 and plays ice hockey and lacrosse. They
are always busy and have high energy. School is very important to us, and we
stress to the boys the importance and success in education. Our goals for the
boys center around their thriving in a loving, cared for environment. School
started for the boys in August. They are up and out the door early. Our eldest wakes up on his own and sometimes has to wake us up! He
likes juice and a bagel before heading out the door to catch the bus. He comes
home from school around 2:45pm. Our youngest has a harder time waking up. He also likes his breakfast made and is out the door by 7:45am. He is usually home around 3:30pm and two times a week goes to a tutor, who lives about 2 miles from our
the boys will have a half-day at school or a full day off. Also, if they are
sick, it’s anticipated that the au pair will stay home with them and play, or make them rest. Both boys have orthodontist appointments regularly so there is driving involved in the position. With their playing sports, there is also a lot of laundry.
also have a dog who is 3 years old. He needs to be walked during the day and
boys need to be reminded that they are to walk him after school. My husband gets
home around 6pm. I should be home at that time too. Depending on the boys’ after-school activities we like to have dinner around that time, with everyone
at the table. We all enjoy cooking and expect our au pair to join in. We have loved having au pairs in the past, and look forward to you joining us. It has enabled the boys to “hang at home”, get to their after school activities and has made
our lives so much easier. We love the cultural exchange and learning about what
your life was like before you joined us.