Thursday, July 14, 2011

What to do when the kids outnumber the adults...

Guest post by Nikki Sulon

Raising twins can be an exciting adventure, but it can also present many unexpected challenges. To make sure each child receives individual attention, and to help with the increased responsibility, parents are inviting international au pairs to live in their homes and provide care for their twins.

Parents of twins face challenges parents of non-multiples do not face, including increased competition for a parent’s time, helping more than one child through key developmental phases at the same time, increased costs associated with food, activities, and child care, and the tendency to think of multiples as a group, as opposed to individuals. Au pairs help parents with daily child care related tasks, while providing emotional support and individualized attention for young twins.

How an Au Pair Helps Raise Twins

• Au pairs are an affordable child care option that does not cost extra per child. Au pair rates remain the same regardless of how many children a family has.

• Au pairs provide an extra set of eyes, ears and hands to help change diapers, push strollers, feed, potty train, fold clothes, wash bottles, travel, and supervise multiples.

• Au pairs can offer additional emotional support to both parents and children, allowing each group the opportunity to take a “time out” when needed.

• Au pairs can take twins on special outings one at a time, to encourage individuality.

“As a mother of five children, including twins, I can say that having an au pair was invaluable, and at times we couldn’t have done it without her extra set of hands,” said Heidi Woehl, vice president of AuPairCare.  “Whether it’s pushing a second grocery cart around the store or traveling with the family to visit grandparents, our au pair was able to step in whenever an extra adult was needed.”

AuPairCare is a leading au pair agency providing affordable live-in childcare services to American families since 1989. Designated by the U.S. Department of State, AuPairCare offers superior childcare to fit families’ unique needs.

To find an au pair to fit your family’s needs call toll free 1 (855) 283-6625 or visit

Photo courtesy of the Donati Family (and their Au Pair)  of Danville, CA 

Photo courtesy of the Donati Family of Danville, CA


Eva Gallant said...

How the heck did my sister raise 7 kids without an aupere???

ModernMom said...

I always applaud any parent who manages to rais more then two! It is a lifetime of good old fashioned work :)

Doreen McGettigan said...

I had such a wonderful au pair my brother ended up marrying her.
Seriously, she was a life saver and yes she did marry my brother!

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

Danville, CA? I work there!!!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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