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How to Have Fun With the Kids As an Aupair

When you are an aupair, your job is based around the children. Being with them like 10 hours a day, 7 days a week can make you feel like you're ...

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A daughter is car sick, so I bully her. Simple as that!
A daughter is car sick, so I bully her. Simple as that!

When you are an aupair, your job is based around the children. Being with them like 10 hours a day, 7 days a week can make you feel like you're becoming a bore and that you have nothing else do to, but as long as you're with the kids and keep yourself open, you can do nothing but fun!

edit Steps

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    Ask the kids for ideas of things that they enjoy. Are they artsy? Are they athletic? Love reading? Math? Cooking? Find something based in one of their special areas.
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    Ask the guest parents if there are any limits to what you can do, if they don't want the kids to burn the house down baking a cake, then don't bake a cake.
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    Pick something special for each week that will keep them on their toes. If you're children are artsy, then here comes my example......
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    Go to Ikea, pick up some of those super cheap wooden picture frames that are sold in the 3 packs. Maybe a couple, 3 for each kid, and yourself. This costs roughly 1€50 per, but I'm sure the host parents will help.
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    Pick up paint, sparkles, glue, feathers.. Anything that your kid can handle that isn't too difficult to clean up!
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    Bring the supplies home and find a time that is great for all the kids.
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    Set up a table, call them down and decorate!
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    When all is done, search through albums with them (at the descression of the parents) and help them find pictures that work great!
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    Clean up the mess, but make sure they help. You aren't the slave, and it will teach them equality.

edit Tips

  • To waste time with painting projects, try and make them do rough drafts first.
  • Clean up major accidents right away! Paintspills, sparkle spills, stained clothing.
  • Don't let the kids play with the hot glue. 8 Years? 10? 13? Who cares. It'll make you look irresponsible and kids have a habit of pointing fingers!
  • Try and keep the activities regular, once a week or once every two weeks is great!
  • Change up the activity, don't stick to the same theme all the time, unless thats what the kid likes. But make sure you enjoy it too. Children are great at pointing out fakers.
  • Try not to make yourself TOOOO fantastic. You will only have the kids in envy.

edit Warnings

  • If the child is young enough, play the game a little bit in their favour. Sometimes they pick up that you are letting them win. In this case, play your best and beat the sucker down. If it is a luck game (something like uno, pick up sticks, Elfer Raus) then It doesn't matter if you try your best all the time, you WON't win all the time.
  • They might feel unconfident with their skills, try and cheer them up! Let them know that they are much younger and they have years for improvement!
  • If they like something you make, give it to them. If they make something you like and offer it, then take up the offer! Kids love giving and recieving!
  • When you are playing sports, don't get rough. Kids are accident prone. In the case of an accident, deal with it right away. Don't watch them lay on the grass sobbing.
  • If the kids get violent with games, take it away and let them have a time out. Maybe your host parents have a different method like spoiling the kid and telling them to play on the computer? Don't do this, it teaches nothing. Tell them to go straight to nappy.

edit Things You'll Need

  • Arts supplies
  • Creativity
  • Google (if you're out of ideas)
  • Sports equipment

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