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HappyDad April 17, 2014 at 08:47 AM
I find your bashing of nannies to be a bit uninformed, as well as irresponsible. There are manyRead Morenan nies out there who are college educated child care providers, certified in education, CPR, First Aid, etc. To recklessly degrade professional nannies is callous and immature. Perhaps you should be a bit more forthcoming with your information. You state that, "Au Pairs pass a criminal background check, previous childcare references (not family members) & school have been agency-verified; if you want a background check for a Nanny, pay for it & check references yourself" - what is the charge for your company to provide this information? A good nanny will be able to provide references for you to contact, as well as a state background check available form the Office of the Attorney General. AS far as your rate of pay goes - $7.32 isn't even minimum wage! What's the fee to your company? Perhaps if your company was better to it's employees you wouldn't have issues that are so frequently associated with foreign au pairs - most of whom use the service as an opportunity to get to the US. Allow me to level the playing field for you a bit: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/11/bristow-au-pair-allegedly-wrote-about-murdering-children-96508.html http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2457&dat=19971017&id=IwpbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GU4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=3279,602143 Finally, does the name Louise Woodward ring a bell?
Joan Law Lowell April 17, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Dear HappyDay, While I must admit that not every au pair is in the program for the culturalRead Moreexchang e experience, and some have given the term a bad name, no offense is intended with my post. Au pair childcare is simply a better option for many families. Naturally, some families are willing to do the "legwork" required when hiring privately, but our agency provides that as part of our service, as I'm sure you understand. Au pairs I have personally known have been happy with their family situations, staying up to two full years before returning home, or they have left them and moved to other host families where they were treated better or felt more appreciated. I do appreciate your reply and hope you have a great day! Best regards, Joan
HappyDad April 18, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Joan - Sounds to me both nannies and au pairs are in a similar boat when it comes to being given a Read Morebad name. If you mean no offense then perhaps you should choose a different approach when comparing the pros and cons of an au pair vs a nanny instead of slandering the nanny profession for your own benefit. Finally, some nannies are with a family for a lot more than 2 years. Some staying with the same family as they grow through the years. I'm sure you understand...
RID April 20, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Planet Fitness is a nice basic gym. I like it. Probably all most would need. And the price isRead Moreright. $10 per month. Can't beat that, especially compared to Gold's or Absolute Fitness.......which are crazily overpriced... (in my opinion)