We are a large family living in a beautiful suburb of New York City. We
have eight happy and energetic children, aged at 15, 13, 12, 8,7,4 years old and 9 months. Although the size of our family
has its challenges, it also has its rewards. We are a loving, happy and busy family that welcomes an au pair into our home
as a family member.
We are both attorneys. I work approximately 20 minutes away and my husband works 40 minutes south in New York City.
Both of our jobs are flexible enough to allow us to attend family events and to avoid most late nights and weekends. Our family
is our highest priority. Because of our large family, it is important for us to be organized. We have a full-time housekeeper. She will work
with the au pair as a team while we are at work. In the mornings, when all the children except for the baby are at school, the au
pair will help watch the baby so our housekeeper can clean and do laundry.
We like to stay active and therefore have many day trips on
the weekends. The au pair is always free to come along, although she is not required to. Our town is wonderful, with its own
beach and amusement park and there are many museums and historic sights in the area. The town is also located a convenient
35 minutes by train from New York city, which many of our former au pairs have used to see plays, shop or sightsee in the
City. There are also many other au pairs or nannies in Rye, so it will not be difficult for the au pair to make new friends.
The au pair will have many opportunities to enjoy her surroundings and to learn more about the United States during her stay
We have had very good relations with our prior au pairs. We
have used the au pair program five times before our most recent au pair has been terrific. She became a real member of our
family in an I8-month stay and we all miss her. One of the au pairs is in England and we still keep up with letters and she
has visited us since she left. Another au pair is from South Africa is now working in London, England and stays in touch.
One another from South Africa, returned to South Africa but just came for a month long visit. The other au pair who is also
from England, She married a policeman in Rye after she left us and had a baby. We see her often. We also continue to have
a good relation with a number of out nannies who did not come to use through the au pair program.
We hope to find an energetic au pair with a love of children and of learning. She will become a welcome addition to
our family during her time at our home.
We have been married for almost 18 years. Our son will be 10
years old on July 4, 2003. Our daughter is 6 years old. Our children have brought a great deal of joy to our lives. We have
also enjoyed and benefited from our nine Au Pairs. We have found that our Au Pairs are a very nice extension to our family.
We now spend much of our spare time at home. As a family, we
visit friends or family in the area,
to community events, and visit local parks, museums, zoos, etc. During the summers we enjoy water sports at nearby lakes.
In the winter we enjoy Nordic Skiing and some other outdoor activities. We also take one or two family vacations during
the year. Both of our families live very near so we try to get together regularly with the grand parents are frequent visitors.
Weekend trips to see the family are common.
We are both engineers. Most of the hours that our au pair works
are during the hours of 7:00 am - 7:00 pm on Mondays through Fridays. The children are in school from approximately 8:30 am - 3:00 pm during
most of the year. Our son has always done physical things well and is very active. He enjoys being outdoors and loves to go to the park or the
local swimming center (indoors). He loves to build and create things.
Our daughter is very healthy and is a sweet, active, laughing
little girl. She loves going to the park. She likes to play in the sand and go swimming. She enjoys playing with her brother.
She loves to draw and paint and make all sorts of crafts. She also likes to help cook and help around the house. She is just starting to read and enjoys practicing her
writing or "playing school". She plays soccer
and takes dance lessons. She needs to be driven to and from school each day.
Our home is located
in Michigan. Much of the land around us is private farms and some woods. The property has a small pond, many trees, and backs
to vacant land and a wooded area. Our home was built in 1989 and is a 2nd floor colonial farmhouse style. Our au
pair has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom with only the children. We live
very close to market, schools, and stores, so driving the car is a must in most all our outings. There is a nice town square
area with many shops, restaurants, a theater, museum, library, frequent social events, etc. Several families that are hosts
to Au Pairs live near by. There are many community parks and a large state owned park nearby.
Living in the
area offers nearly any attractions and services one might imagine. We have all major professional sports, regular and varied
concert series, theaters, museums, etc. Canada borders Detroit and many attractions are just across the river in Windsor,
Ontario. The University has students from all over the world. There are numerous other colleges and universities within easy driving distance.
Within easy driving
distances for weekend trips to cultural centers of North America are Canada, Chicago and Illinois. All have major sports facilities,
theaters, music centers, museums, and historical sites. For longer holidays, Washington DC, Boston/New, and even Florida make
reasonable driving trips.
want an Au Pair who is responsible and reliable and will care for the children in a manner that is consistent with our guidelines. She must have the energy and imagination
to care for and entertain two children. You will be the tenth Au Pair in our family. Our previous Au Pairs are from all over
the world. All are still wonderful friends. Many of our Au Pairs have come back to the United States to visit us since leaving,
often for many weeks. We have had the pleasure of traveling to Europe as a family on three separate occasions and have been
able to visit with many of the au pairs and their families. We have even been able to attend the wedding of one of our au
pairs and got the pleasure of meeting one of our au pairs and her family in person at her home BEFORE she came to stay with us.
While we have decided to maintain our jobs and the financial
security they bring, our feelings are equally strong that a child should be raised with great affection in our own home. We
reply on our au pair to provide a loving environment with rules and activities that is consistent with our wishes. We will
encourage an active lifestyle, both on and off working hours. We believe the stimulus of varied activities and interaction
with others is beneficial to a child’s development.