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Want To Hire An Au Pair? Ask These 5 Questions First

Questions to ask yourself to find out if hiring an au pair is the right decision for you. Are you thinking about hiring an au pair but not entirely sure what it entails – or even if it’s the right childcare solution for your family? Indeed, au pairs are a great option for those... more

The Au Pair Contract: Why You Need It And What It Should Say

Everything host families need to know about creating an au pair contract. One way to ensure that the au pair experience will be a success is for both the host family and the au pair to know exactly what they are letting themselves in for. An au pair contract is the best way to do this.   Before your au... more

How To Make Valentine's Day Special For The Whole Family

Ideas for a fun and family-friendly Valentine's Day. While February 14th may bring up visions of a romantic dinner date and flowers with a significant other, parents know this holiday can be about the entire family. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy time together and show how much... more

No-Gos For Au Pairs

Here are our tips on what au pair's should not do and pointers for a harmonious living experience with a host family. The role of an au pair can sometimes be complex and challenging but is more often than not extremely rewarding. However, the rewards of this line of work can quickly evaporate... more

7 Ideas For Valentine’s Day With Your Elderly Loved Ones

Great ideas for the elderly loved ones in your life on Valentine’s Day. There is perhaps no more fulfilling and worthwhile way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by spending it with an elderly loved one in your life.   If you have an aging parent, grandparent or neighbour who would otherwise be alone or... more

A Parent’s Guide To Flexible Working

What is flexible working and does it really help? From working parents juggling the school runs to millennials no longer willing to adhere to a 9-5 life, there are many reasons that flexibility has become a desired component of the workplace.   Here is a quick guide to the ups and downs... more

What You Need To Know About Retiring Abroad

Are you thinking about retiring abroad? Here is what you need to consider before you go. Retiring to sunnier shores has long since been only a dream and is instead a reality for many. It is not only the allure of sunshine that draws retirees abroad and into an exciting new phase of life: The cost of... more

8 Steps To A Clean Home In A Snap

When you think about cleaning your house, does that mean putting away dirty clothes and dishes or undertaking a deep scrub? If it is the former, then you are not alone. Most people don't give their home a deep clean nearly as often as they should. Why is that? Well... more