Let’s hear what au pairs want to know

Hi! I’m Joan Lowell, Local Area Representative, or LAR, for Go Au Pair in Providence, Rhode Island.

I am a former special education and English/Language Arts Teacher, currently a private tutor and work-from-home mother of six beautiful and healthy children ages 2 to 14!

I have been a LAR for Go Au Pair since the summer of 2012 and love to plan events for my cluster and work to support my families if and when they need me.

Let’s hear a question the Au Pair Sis received from one of our au pairs:

Question: What do I do if the kids don’t want to go to their after-school activities?

Answer/Suggestions:

Always listen to the child and acknowledge his or her concerns. Listening to the child can go a long way in building a trusting relationship. Find out why he or she doesn’t want to go.

Let what the child says guide how you encourage them to participate in a given activity.

Encourage the child that friends will be there; remind him or her of something they usually enjoy about the activity.

If the activity builds toward something, like a recital or earning a belt, remind the child of the ultimate goal of the activity and that hard work will bring a great reward for them to share with the family.

Remind the child of some plans the family may have for that evening, after the activity, or offer to do something with the child after he or she completes the activity.  This will help the child to have something else to look forward to rather than complain about the activity at hand.

If the child still continues to refuse to participate in the activity, let the parents know and possibly explore alternate activities the child would enjoy more.

Of course, if the child reports any kind of bullying or being picked on, let the host parents know right away and/or bring it up to the instructor or leader of the activity too.

My name is Joan Lowell; I am the Go Au Pair LAR (Local Area Rep) for Providence, RI. We are accepting families anywhere in the RI, CT, MA region. Please contact me at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401-309-1925 for more information.

Go Au Pair currently has over 300 Au Pairs available out-of-country as well as some in-country; you can review their profiles for free at http://www.goaupair.com.

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