9780918321664

Au Pairing Up! How to Maximize the Rewards and Minimize the Learning Curves of America's Best Childcare Solution

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  • ISBN13:

    9780918321664

  • ISBN10:

    0918321662

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-17
  • Publisher: Musical I Press

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Summary

Choosing the proper au pair can be a daunting task. Ruth Liebermann simplifies it with the Au Pairing Up method, a process that helps a family determine the kind of au pair needed, prepare for the au pair in advance, and explain the family’s needs while being sensitive to those of the caregiver. Also included are charts, calendars, and a customizable operating manual. The CDROM includes customizable forms.

Table of Contents

Why I Wrote This Book 8(1)
Benefits of ``The Au Pair Solution™'' 9(1)
How to Use This ``Au Pairing Up™'' Method 9(1)
About the CD-ROM 10(1)
What is a Standard Operating Procedure Manual (the SOP)?
10(1)
Other Charts and Forms: Paper and/or CD-ROM Versions
10(2)
PART ONE: Au Pairing Up™ 12(6)
What IS an Au Pair?
12(1)
What an Au Pair is NOT!
12(1)
Comments from Families and Au Pairs
13(1)
The Au Pair Solution
14(1)
Au Pair Issues
14(2)
Communication Issues
15(1)
Privacy Issues
15(1)
Control Issues
15(1)
If You're a Couple
16(1)
Your Family Style
16(1)
The Golden Rules of Thumb
17(1)
Golden Rule #1: Everyone---adults, kids, and the au pair---should work as hard as possible to make it work
17(1)
Golden Rule #2: Deal with things as they arise
17(1)
PART TWO: The Application Process 18(19)
The National Organizations
18(1)
Unaccredited Organizations/Unauthorized Au Pairs
19(1)
Smaller Organizations and U.S. Born Au Pairs
19(1)
Size and Structure of Organizations
19(1)
Where the Au Pairs Come From
20(1)
``Au Pair Speak'': Some Definitions
20(2)
What to Look For
21(1)
Local Support
21(1)
Your Family's Au Pair ``Spec''
22(1)
Considering Your Family's Needs
22(1)
Define Your Family's ``Au Pair Spec''
22(1)
Host Family---Developing Your Au Pair Spec
23(9)
Gender
23(1)
Age of Ideal Candidate
23(1)
Candidate's Family
24(1)
Region of Origin
25(2)
Religion
27(1)
Ages of Your Children
27(1)
Driving Experience
28(1)
Interests
28(1)
Some Thoughts on Personality
29(1)
Spec Letter to Agency (Liebermann)
30(1)
Generic Agency Spec Letter
31(1)
Your Host Family Application
32(1)
The Liebermann Family Essay
32(5)
Host Family Confidential Reference
36(1)
Visit from the Local Coordinator
36(1)
PART THREE: Choosing an Applicant 37(7)
Reading Your Au Pair Applications
37(3)
Other Perspectives: Get a Second Opinion
38(1)
Tough Questions
38(1)
It's Your Choice
39(1)
Requesting Additional Candidates
39(1)
Exclusivity Time Window
40(1)
Phone Interviews
40(3)
First Phone Call
40(1)
Clarify Your Family Circumstances
41(1)
Second Phone Call
41(1)
Third Phone Call
42(1)
Are You Feeling Comfortable with the Candidate?
42(1)
About Taping the Interview
42(1)
Talking to the Parents
42(1)
Making the Selection
43(1)
PART FOUR: Preparing for Your Au Pair 44(6)
The Prearrival Preparation Process
44(1)
Keep in Touch with the Candidate
44(1)
Opportunities for Your Au Pair
44(1)
Prescheduling Issues
44(1)
Getting the Au Pair Home
44(1)
Preparation: Your Children
45(1)
Preparation: Important Outsiders
45(1)
Arrival Announcement
45(1)
Preparation: More Things for You to Do
46(1)
Automobile Policy
46(2)
Getting Around: Maps and Directions
48(1)
Au Pair Overlap
48(1)
Post-Arrival Checklist
49(1)
PART FIVE: The ``Standard Operating Procedure'' Manual, or ``SOP'' 50(39)
``Franchising'' Your Au Pair
50(1)
The Liebermann SOP, the SOP Template, and Your SOP
50(1)
Instructions/Format of the SOP Templates on the CD-ROM
50(1)
Customization Issues
51(1)
If You Don't Have a Computer
51(1)
What's in the SOP?
51(4)
General
51(1)
About Each Child
52(1)
School and After School
52(1)
House Matters
53(1)
Driving in the Car
54(1)
Personal: On Your Own
54(1)
Summary
54(1)
Revising Your SOP
55(1)
The Standard Operating Procedure Template
55(1)
The Introduction
56(1)
The (your family) Welcomes (au pair) to (your street or town)!
56(1)
The Top Three Priorities in our Home
56(1)
Goals for the Children
57(1)
Your Relationship with the Children
57(1)
Showing Affection
57(1)
Touching/Physical
58(1)
Discipline
58(2)
Being Consistent on Discipline
58(1)
Keeping Current on Requests, and Your Best Answer
59(1)
Types of Discipline---Physical Discipline?
59(1)
If Physical Discipline Is Acceptable
59(1)
Nonphysical Discipline Methods
60(1)
When the Child/Children Ask for Something
60(1)
When you're not sure, ask us!
60(1)
Common Sense/Politeness
60(1)
Taking Risks
60(2)
Driving Risks
61(1)
Leaving the Child/Children Alone
61(1)
When to Call Parents
62(1)
In an Emergency or Serious Situation
62(1)
If It Is Not Serious or an Emergency
62(1)
General Information (Schedule)
62(1)
Mornings
62(1)
Evenings
63(1)
Other Repeated Chores
63(1)
About Each (Child)
63(1)
Safety First!!!
64(1)
Special Concerns
64(1)
Specific Safety Issues
64(1)
Interests Outside of School
64(1)
School, Dress, and Sports
65(1)
About (Child)'s School
65(1)
Dressing for School, Dressing for the Weather
65(1)
Sports
65(1)
After School
66(2)
Lessons or Other After-School Activities
66(1)
Snacks after School
66(1)
Questions about the Day
67(1)
Remembering Backpacks, Clothing, Books, etc
67(1)
Important School Papers/Remembering Stuff to Be Brought Home
68(1)
Homework
68(1)
After Homework Is Done
68(1)
Phone and Friends, Computer and TV Use
68(1)
Phone Use
68(1)
Friends
68(1)
Reciprocity
69(1)
Future Plans with Friends
69(1)
Computer/Internet
69(1)
Television
69(1)
Summary
69(1)
House Matters
70(2)
Everything in Its Place
70(1)
Cash/House Account
70(1)
House Account Expenses
71(1)
Weights, Measures, and Currency
72(3)
Measures of Volume
73(1)
Weights
73(1)
Linear Measure
73(1)
Approximate Distances
73(1)
Temperature Conversion
74(1)
Currency
74(1)
Food and Meals
75(1)
Snacks
75(1)
Hot Meals
75(1)
Meals Outside the Home
76(1)
Breakfast
76(1)
Dinners
76(1)
House Maintenance
76(2)
Appliances
77(1)
Mail and Deliveries
77(1)
About the Phone
78(1)
How to Answer
78(1)
Phone Messages
78(1)
Call Waiting
78(1)
Phone --- Your Personal Use
79(1)
Local Calls
79(1)
Long Distance Calls
79(1)
Limits on Your Phone Time
79(1)
Driving in the Car
80(1)
Most Important! Safety First!
80(1)
Taking Care of the Car
80(1)
Car Use Guidelines
81(3)
Automobile Accidents
82(1)
If You Are Involved in an Automobile Accident
82(1)
Maps and Places to Become Familiar With
83(1)
Personal: On Your Own
84(3)
Keep Us Informed
84(1)
Evenings
84(1)
Weekends
84(1)
TV
84(1)
Computer/Internet/Fax/Copier
85(1)
Your Room
85(1)
Checking In, When You Arrive Home at Night
85(1)
Personal Expenses
85(1)
Payday
86(1)
Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Drugs
86(1)
Vacation Time
87(1)
Visitors, Friends, Boyfriends
87(1)
Local Friends (Female, Male)
87(1)
Family/Friends from the Au Pair's Home Country
87(1)
If You Have Questions
88(1)
Summary (and The Golden Rules, Again)
88(1)
The Top Three Priorities
88(1)
PART SIX: Beyond the SOP 89(16)
Schedules: Customized by Computer or Hard Copy and Longhand?
89(1)
Schedule Forms: About the Weekly Schedule
89(6)
About the Daily Schedule
91(1)
About the ``Four Weeks-at-a-Glance'' Form
92(1)
About the ``Month-at-a-Glance'' Form
93(1)
About the ``Year-at-a-Glance'' Form
94(1)
Repeated Event or ``Task'' Form
95(1)
Phone Contact: Emergency and Otherwise
96(1)
Emergency Phone Contact List
96(1)
General Phone Contact List
97(3)
Places to Become Familiar With
100(2)
About Eating and Shopping
102(1)
Recipe List for Family Dinners
102(1)
Just with the Kids
102(1)
Veggies Everyone Likes
103(1)
Starch type Vegetables (only 1 per meal)
103(1)
``Where to Get What'' Shopping Chart
103(2)
Food, Groceries
103(1)
Toiletries, Prescription Drugs, Gas, Videos, Hardware, etc
104(1)
PART SEVEN: The Arrival and Early Days 105(16)
Just Prior to Arrival Day
105(1)
Arrival Day
105(1)
Fax a Welcome Note
106(1)
First 24 Hours in Your Home
106(1)
Au Pair's Room---As Her ``Sanctuary''
106(1)
The Family That Eats Together
107(1)
First 72 Hours: Time to Observe and Assist
107(1)
Introducing the SOP and Weekly Schedule
108(1)
Driving Lessons
108(1)
In The First Few Weeks
109(3)
Weekly Review
109(1)
A Checklist for the First Few Weeks
110(1)
Friendships and Interests
111(1)
When Friends Visit Your Au Pair
111(1)
Phone/Long Distance Communication Issues
111(1)
Communication in General
112(2)
Feeling ``At Home''
112(1)
In Person, and Not
112(1)
Who's the Contact Person?
112(1)
What the Children Say
113(1)
Early Adjustment in General
114(1)
The Golden Rules
114(1)
Meals and Cooking
115(1)
``E-Z'' Cookery?
115(1)
Shopping Made Easy
116(1)
Seasons of the Au Pair Year
116(2)
In the Beginning
116(1)
The ``Honeymoon'' Ends
116(1)
Birthdays and Holidays
117(1)
Quarterly Reviews
117(1)
Vacation Time
118(3)
Your Au Pair's Vacation
118(1)
Vacationing With Your Au Pair
119(1)
Vacationing Without Your Au Pair
119(1)
Holidays
120(1)
Your Au Pair's Family's Vacations
120(1)
PART EIGHT: Trouble Shooting: Common Problems 121(5)
Time Keepers
121(1)
Car Problems
121(1)
Overly Argumentative Personality
122(1)
Questionable Friends
122(1)
``Party Animals''
122(1)
Who Owns the Problem?
123(1)
Keeping Problems in Perspective
123(1)
Bringing in the Local Coordinator
123(1)
When It Can't Be Fixed
124(1)
In-Country Rematches versus Starting Over
124(1)
Those Golden Rules Again
125(1)
PART NINE: Saying Goodbye 126(4)
Be Ready for Next Year
126(1)
Overlap with a New Au Pair
126(1)
13th Month Travel
126(1)
Growth Areas for the Au Pair from the Year Abroad
127(3)
Documentation to Help Your Au Pair
127(1)
Letter of Support
128(1)
A Life-Shaping Year
129(1)
Saying Good-bye, A Final Party, and Staying in Touch
129(1)
Conclusion 130(1)
The Blank Charts, Forms, and Letters 131

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