AuPairCare Teaches Parents of Multiples About Reliable Child Care Option

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About 90,000 sets of twins are born each year in the U.S., and births of multiples overall are on the rise. Due to this increase, parents of multiples are hosting International au pairs to balance out the adult to child ratio, and offer an extra set of hands.

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AuPairCare au pair and host mom with twin daughters

"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.

Raising multiple children can be an exciting adventure, but it can also present many unexpected challenges. Parents of multiples - meaning twins, triplets or more than one child born on the same day – are often outnumbered by their children. 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 child care for multiples.

Kendra Koder, a mother of 17-month-old triplets, used the online au pair matching agency AuPairCare to find an au pair to help raise her triplets. Koder originally considered hosting an au pair because it was an affordable child care alternative, but soon learned that the benefits of hosting an au pair goes beyond affordability to include flexibility and the feeling of an extended family.

“My husband and I are outnumbered from a baby to adult ratio,” said Koder, who lives in San Diego, California and is hosting an AuPairCare au pair from Brazil. “We truly do everything a family with one baby does, but three times, and that can be very exhausting. With our au pair, Caroline, each baby gets the attention they deserve.”

Parents of multiples 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 multiples.

How an Au Pair Helps Provide Child Care for Multiples
1. 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.

2. 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.

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

4. Au pairs can take multiples 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.”

About AuPairCare
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. AuPairCare has matched more than 40,000 au pairs with American families across the U.S. AuPairCare is a division of Intrax, a family of organizations that provide a lifetime of high quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in 16 countries. To find an au pair to fit your family’s needs call 1(800) 428-7247 or visit http://www.aupaircare.com.

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