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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!

Why raising bilingual children is “a must”…

A spare hour between two meetings today called for catching up on e-mails with a delicious latte made with locally roasted coffee at Carolina Roasters… nothing like the comforting smell and delicious taste of freshly roasted coffee to boost my productivity level! More … Continue reading

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Au pair childcare is more affordable while childcare costs continue to rise

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] As a recently released NACCRRA report found, childcare costs are rapidly rising, even comparable to the cost of a year of college tuition. For some, costs are so expensive – particularly for multiple children – it is … Continue reading

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Planning back-to-school with your au pair

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false]For many international host families, with summer being the arrival season for most au pairs (particularly European and Central American), their au pair may have arrived in the middle of family vacations, summer camps and other activities planned … Continue reading

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Transitioning from the summer back to school

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] Summer is so much fun for children, with more family time, vacation, summer camps, fun outdoor activities, water fun and just pure bliss. Summer time represents a break from the old routine and a chance to just “be … Continue reading

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Responsibilities beyond childcare…

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false]While the primary responsibility of au pairs is to care for your children, au pairs can also help with “light household chores”. Beyond an expectation for a program that is focused on childcare, it is also a U.S. Department … Continue reading

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Do I need an au pair for my school-aged children?

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false]As full-time childcare is usually mainly required before the children attend school, the au pair program option is considered an alternative to full-time daycare or a nanny. However, there are many busy families with children ranging from 3 months … Continue reading

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The Importance Of Interaction And Nurturing

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] While reviewing an ARTICLE from Reuters titled “Study shows consistent benefit of early daycare”, I was reminded of the challenges parents face while evaluating options for entrusting their most precious beings in the hands of a childcare provider. … Continue reading

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A Featured Au Pair Salon Guest: Ingrid Kelly Nathalie, 20, from Sweden

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] Nathalie is already in the USA and in transition, which means that she needs to find a new host family as soon as possible. Any interested families please contact me directly! “My name is Nathalie and I am 20 years … Continue reading

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Bridging The Distance With An Au Pair Candidate During The Phone Interview

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] A face-to-face meeting between the new host family and the au pair candidates is usually not possible, because an au pair will come directly from his/ her home country on a J-1 visa to live with the host … Continue reading

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A Work-At-Home Mom’s Perspective On Hosting An Au Pair

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] Valerie Rempe is a veteran host mom and has balanced a full-time career with her family life through the au pair program for over 10 years. In today’s article, she shares her experience and unique perspective on … Continue reading

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