Q409 – Planning childcare for the year ahead…

Where did the third quarter of this year go? Doesn’t it seem like we were still enjoying the summer break and planning back-to-school a little while ago? Then planning fall activities like sports or music for the kids, baseball, college football games and tailgating…

Halloween has barely had time to leave the store shelves, that Christmas is already here. Chocolate advent calendars, German gingerbread and Christmas cake… Toys and ornaments and goodies, all being marketed, advertised to us like this was going to be the best holidays ever… or out of desperation from the tough economy and market conditions.

For some of us, the end of the year doesn’t just mark a change of pace, but also time for planning the year ahead. With a difficult 2009 of high unemployment and devaluing stocks, 2010 is bringing new opportunities, new hiring and new hope to a lot of Americans.

Maybe one of your challenges this year has been childcare… the nanny got married and moved away, or the daycare you wanted is maxed out and you ended up with a
situation you are not happy with.
Maybe a more demanding schedule from your job have made it
difficult to be on time to pick up baby at daycare and toddler
at pre-school… or you have had to move unexpectedly and your new hometown does not offer the level of childcare you were used to. Or you a simply a busy mom trying to juggle motherhood, a home, a career and being a wife/ a friend/ a daughter…

As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and spend time with family, consider the following questions:

– How many hours of childcare do we actually require each week?
– Could our family have more time together if we had a helper handling the driving or helping with the kids laundry?
– Could our couple benefit from a baby-sitter already used to the family’s routine for a “date night” when we have some hours left for the week?
– Would it help us to have someone take the kids to their extra-curricular activities and help plan games, homework and house chores?
– Would our school-aged child benefit from homework help in Spanish or German while our toddler started learning a few words of the language with no effort?
– Would our family enjoy sharing our home and our life with a young nanny eager to experience America with us? Wouldn’t our children learn more about what is so special in their own country as well as the nanny’s?
– Would our extended family enjoy sharing holiday traditions with our au pair and wouldn’t our kids love to bake our au pair’s home recipes?
– Would our children benefit from being able to spend more time in the comfort of their home rather than after-school care?
– Would our children learn more new things and gain more confidence with personalized, one-on-one care rather than having one childcare provider for 4 – 6 children?
– Would our family benefit from hosting an au pair in 2010?

Contact me to discuss  the “challenges and opportunities of hosting an au pair”. I can help you decide if your family is ready to host an au pair and what a difference it would make in the year(s) to come!


Apply to the program by December 15, 2009 for an au pair arriving by April 2, 2010, and you will not only receive a $350 application fee waiver, but you will also receive an additional $150 off your program fee. TOTAL SAVINGS: $500


About FrenchNad

English to French Translator & Interpreter; blogging at lemotdubonjour.com about a French word of the day, the challenges of interpreting and translating, and my adventures in Oregon!
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