are very excited about welcoming an au pair into our home. We are a family with
two children living in Seattle, Washington. Our daughter is 2 years old and our
son was born in June, so is still very young! My husband grew up with au pairs
looking after him from Denmark, England and Italy. They also had a number of
exchange students and other visitors living with them from time to time. I’ve
also traveled in Europe, Africa and Asia. I have a younger sister, who has been
living with us for the last year and a half and taking care of the kids while we are at work.
She’s leaving for University very soon.
having small children has limited our activities a bit we still love to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Among our favourite activities are running, hiking, cycling and skiing.
We are also active in our church and spend a lot of time with our family and friends.
I always love to cook, when I have the free hands to do so! We have a
vacation home about 1 – 2 hours away and would welcome the au pair to join us when we go there sometimes on the weekends.
are looking for an au pair who loves babies and young children and who will bond with our children, love them and partner
with us in raising them for the next year. Our son is still very young but so far has proved to be a very happy, cooperative baby. Our
daughter is a fun-loving, energetic and spirited little girl. She loves animals,
loves to read, is very active and has close bonds with the adults in her life. This
year, we hope start her in some part-time preschool. It’ll be very important
to us that our children continue to be very active, spend a lot of time outdoors and that minimize the amount of television
and other passive activities. We are looking for someone with a lot of energy,
who will engage our children physically and intellectually as they develop.
have two daughters. Our eldest is 5 years old.
She’s busy this summer with camp, piano, tennis, swimming and playing the occasional computer game. She will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Our youngest
is 2 – she’s very articulate, a big cuddler and enjoying a life of leisure this summer with few commitments, but
is looking forward to starting pre-school in the fall as we are re-starting her dance and gymnastics classes, which she loves.
husband works locally, just a short 10 –15 minute commute so can help out occasionally in the morning or evening, or
even get home during the day if necessary. However, he often travels for business
1 – 2 days per week. I took leave of absence from my job in New York City
to devote full time to taking care of the kids and house. I’m thinking
of returning to work but am not sure what I want to do yet. We’ve lived
in our house for 6 years now. We have a five-bedroom home giving us ample space
for ourselves as well as the occasional family or friend visitor. We have a pool
at the house, and the kids are probably in it every day. We picked this area
because it’s close to my husband’s office, it has a nice town center with good shopping, a movie theater etc.
and it’s easy to travel and see family – plus it has a direct train line to New York City!
tend to travel a fair amount. We visit my husband’s family in Italy 1-2
times a year and usually take 1 – 2 other weeks of vacation as well as the occasional long weekend. We like both cultural as well as outdoor / beach travel. I
also have four brothers, most with families of their own, making for other fun weekend trips.
At home, we enjoy quiet evenings, often eating healthy meals. We probably
spend one evening in New York every week or two. We both enjoy sports such as
biking, running, tennis and golf. When possible, my husband likes to sail and
may find the opportunity for a day sail or even a week trip in the Caribbean. The
house, of course, demands some time with a regular list of projects to be done. Fortunately,
we do have help with the yard and housekeeping.
you can see, we try to fit a lot into our lives. We’re very conscious of
the importance of a work/life balance for ourselves as well as to be good parents. A
real family life is very important to us. We’d like someone who is educated
and interested in many of the activities we like, so that we can enjoy time together and feel like we are receiving help from
a “member of the family”. Besides helping with the kids, we’d
expect the au pair to pitch in with us on light household tasks. Of course, we
expect the au pair would have her own interests, educational, social etc. and would take off evenings, weekends or the occasional
weekday as necessary. We would want to help the au pair as much as possible find
friends and interesting things to do.
thing an au pair would find being a part of our family a busy, fun and educational experience.
are a close, loving family and value or time together. And although we lead busy
lives, we always manage to spend a lot of time with each other. We do not stand
on ceremony and are instead very open, casual and fun loving and we are looking for an au pair who will fit in and become
part of the family.
who we are:
(Host Mom) works part time as a paediatrician so I can be around the kids as much as possible.
My hobbies include walking, scrapbooking, talking to friends and being with kids.
husband (Host Dad) loves listening to music and plays guitar. He also likes to
play sports and roll around with the kids as much as possible. Our eldest is 11 years old and is in 6th grade.
He’s a mature and responsible boy who is very kind and sensitive. He
loves to learn and read, but he also plays baseball, basketball and takes drum lessons.
is our 9-year-old daughter. She loves acting and performing and is involved in
the local musical theatre program. She is about to start guitar lessons (she’s
been dying to learn rock and roll on her electric guitar). She’s also into
horseback riding and gymnastics – and she’s quite a fashion queen! Our
youngest is 6 years old and in First Grade. He’s the family clown and is
full of fun. He loves music and dancing and you can hear him singing at almost
any hour of the day or night. He also plays soccer. We call him the mayor because he’s so incredibly social and everyone knows him and seems to love
are looking for an au pair who enjoys playing with the kids, reading with them, taking them to the beach or our pool/tennis
club and making play dates for them. We do not like our kids sitting in front
of the TV for hours on end. We’d rather they be active, either physically
or intellectually and the au pair is an important part of that process. We’d
like the au pair to help with the morning routine – getting the children out of bed, feeding them breakfast, making
their lunch and getting them on the bus in time. After school the kids get a
snack and help with their homework. On many days they may need to be driven to
after school activities or to play dates.
au pair will have her own room with a bathroom directly across the hallway. There’s
also another entrance to the house that is closer to the au pair’s room. We
live in a beautiful, woody suburban community. Theirs is a lot to do near here,
from beaches, to skiing, to museums and sports and events. There are many, many
other au pairs in the community and there are a number of local areas where young people gather socially. In the past we’ve had au pairs from South Africa and Australia.
We welcome the cultural diversity and the children love learning about far off places and people.