Hiring an au pair

What's the difference between a babysitter and a nanny?

If you’re looking to hire a caregiver for your child, you might be asking yourself one of the most common questions we get around here: What’s the difference between a babysitter and a nanny anyhow? The thing is, it’s not always clear cut. Every child care job description varies slightly... more

Want to hire an au pair? Ask yourself these 5 questions first

Heard of au pairs but not quite sure what hiring one entails — or even if it's the right child care solution for your family? Indeed, au pairs are a great option those in need of in-home child care for their kids. But they're a bigger commitment than hiring babysitters or nannies, largely... more

Live-in Nanny vs. Au Pair: What's the Difference?

Price, schedules and background are a few of the ways these types of child caregivers differ. The main difference between a live-in nanny and an au pair is that a nanny is a professional child care provider who is usually from your town (or at least from the United States) and... more

On the Park Bench: A nanny’s tips for finding and keeping the ‘one’ (perfect family, that is)

Finding that special someone to love can be difficult. Finding that special family to work for long-term can be just as hard. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Austin-area caregiver Cristy D. From her first gig as an au pair 12 years ago to her current full-time... more