Au Pair Forum

Since I began this blog back in 2010, I've given out lots of advice on being an au pair: from how to handle creepy neighbours that sneak into your chambre de bonne and take your knickers; to how to tell the family you live with that they are starving you... If you have any questions you'd like to ask me, you can post them in this message board (you don't have to create an account to post something) and hopefully other au pairs can join in too. I may delete this message board if nobody joins in (awkward), but for now I'll keep my fingers crossed that it will be of use to au pairs and nannies looking for advice. Left Bank Manc

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  1. Painting stones. I'm in fécamp in France and the beach is pebbles. So get some cheap poster paint and on the beach with the kids and let them paint a stone each on the sun and water. Then take them home and put them in the garden. Bit messy but your outside so 5 mins tops to clear up.

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  2. You know the Holi Color powder they use in India? You can make it yourself! I used it for a drama project, but i'm sure it's a hit with the kids as well. It can get a bit messy though, but as long as you play with it outside it should be fine. The dough also has a funny texture, the children would probably love to help making the powder. This guy shows how to make it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pDq2tAyuo4

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  3. Thanks for these ideas! I wish I'd been more organised when I was an au pair and done fun stuff like this...

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  4. Hello to all
    I have been an Au pair for a year in Australia and I wanted to advise you on the name of the agency that helped me completely free.
    The agency is also active in Europe, so I write the link of the website in three different languages.
    I hope I have helped you
    http://www.fille-aupair.com
    http://www.ragazza-alla-pari.it
    http://www.aupair-australia.net

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  5. I've been an au pair in USA and it's so much different then being au pair in Europe. There are many rules, regulations and restrictions for au pairs. I like the idea of au pairing somewhere else, but I think I am done feeling like 3rd child around host parents.

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    1. Hmm I know what you mean, especially if you are a bit older. Sometimes you can also feel like an employee though, which is weird when you are going on holiday with the kids and hanging around at family occasions!

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  6. JUST TRY BE YOURSELF AND YOU MUST GET THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE ALSO - BETTER YOURSELF.

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  7. I love how much effort you put into your blog. I'm planning to au pair in a few months and this was very helpful.

    I'm hoping to find a family that allows me to eat my own food as i eat chicken, broccoli n rice, have time for the gym and lets me learn french with the family then i'm happy. Haha not asking for much.

    Are you working as an au pair now? If not would you do it again?

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  8. I love how much effort you put into your blog. I'm planning to au pair in a few months and this was very helpful.

    I'm hoping to find a family that allows me to eat my own food as i eat chicken, broccoli n rice, have time for the gym and lets me learn french with the family then i'm happy. Haha not asking for much.

    Are you working as an au pair now? If not would you do it again?

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    1. Hello, thanks for commenting! No I haven't worked as an au pair for years now, I left Paris in 2013 and now work in advertising.

      I don't have much time to blog but I do check in to answer queries on the Au Pair Forum.

      Yes I would be an au pair again, it allowed me to live an amazing life in Paris! My advice would be: if it doesn't work out at first, don't give up. And if you have to leave the au pair family because it's really terrible, find another family - don't give up for good.

      Hope it goes well for you, I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for, they honestly aren't high demands at all xx

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