Great Father’s Day Craft
Give Dad an artistic picture this year instead of the expected photo in a frame. This self-portrait is easy for a child to create. Cut leftover scrapbooking paper in colors that match skin tone, hair, and eyes into small pieces. Have your child sketch an outline of himself or herself on heavy paper, then simply fill in the outline with the paper scraps for a colorful self-portrait mosaic.
Q1: Should I apply SPF lotion to my baby and if so, what number should I apply?
Protecting all children and teens from excessive sun exposure and the damaging effects of ultraviolet light is an important effort to make as a parent. Starting early in life and continuing throughout childhood and adolescent years will go a long way to help reduce the rising rates of a number of preventable skin cancers, including the most aggressive cancer—malignant melanoma.
DIY Roundup of 18 Kid Crafts for Father’s Day from Artsy Fartsy Mama here. For more Father Day roundups, cards, printables etc… go here: unicornhatparty.com/tagged/fathers-day
Proposed Immigration Legislation Affecting AuPairs: What do you think?
This week, many host families received letters from their Au Pair Agencies and/or from the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange. (Note: The Alliance is an advocacy group for cultural exchange programs. Many au pair agencies are members). Previously, we’ve received requests to contact our Representatives about changes in Tax Law.
The Agencies and the Alliance are urging Host Families to contact our Senators and express our opposition to the changes. Should we follow their recommendation?
A few host parents have emailed to express their concern about the proposed changes. Others have emailed questioning whether the Agencies’ and Alliance’s perspectives on the issue are really the best approach for doing what’s right by au pairs, host families and the exchange programs themselves.
What do you all think?
- Will these changes protect Au Pairs or put them in a worse situation?
- How much should we host parents care about what’s convenient for us, versus what Homeland Security would prefer?
- How many of us would prefer the government to deal with Guantanamo or close corporate tax loopholes instead of focusing on Au Pairs’ immigration classifications?
- Should we send in our letters for or against the proposals?
- Should we ask the Agencies to make some other program changes to support Au Pairs and Host Families where immigration and visas are concerned?
Ultimate Host Mom is found in Berkeley, CA!
Congratulations to Becca Georgsdóttir from Iceland and her Ultimate Host Mom, Lauren Willis, winner of AuPairCare’s Northern California Region’s 2013 Ultimate Host Mom award! We received dozens of wonderful essays about host moms from around the Northern California region who have had a tremendous impact on their au pairs’ experiences here in the U. S. Below is Becca’s winning submission:
How would a perfect Host mom be described? There is nobody perfect in the world but I think my host mom comes pretty close. She is hard working and loving and it’s the little things that she does that make me feel like I love her like my own mother.
My journey started 6 days after graduating High School in Iceland. I left everyone I loved in a great hurry, I was so excited to be