Category Archives: Tips

Back to school

School year is coming and once school begins children ages 5 or 6 and up have homework. Some children complete their homework without any adult help while other children need lots of support.

Homework is important because it helps children practice and strengthen academic skills, teaches time management, initiative, self-reliance, and resourcefulness. Homework also teaches children responsibility, the sense of accountability for mistakes and successes, and a respect for authority outside the home.

Support, encouragement, patience and guidance are basic in helping children with their homework. Not every type of help will work with each child. Here are a few ideas:

  • Agree on a quiet place to do homework.
  • Check with Host Parents if the television, music or computer can be on while the child is doing homework.
  • Agree on a reasonable homework schedule. Should homework be done after school or after dinner or after a short break before dinner?
  • Should home privileges be taken away form a child that doesn’t complete homework or puts it off?
  • Can the child use the computer, talk on the phone or get together with friends before homework is done?
  • Try to determine how long the child can keep concentrating on work. It may be best to build breaks into the homework schedule.
  • Avoid getting into a power struggle over homework.
  • Ask your host parents for ideas if you are having a problem.
  • Helping with homework can be frustrating for everyone involved. Do not get angry, try to remain patient.
  • Let your host parents know if you think the amount of homework is overwhelming the child.
  • Never do the homework for the child.
  • Be enthusiastic and positive when the child makes a good effort.

Do you have a child with homework and a younger child who has none? Sometimes younger siblings wish for “homework.” If this is the case you can give the younger child an “assignment” while the older child does his homework. Colouring a picture or cutting pictures out of a magazine are activities that may help a younger child to feel like he or she is also doing homework.


Play with the kids! Some tips :)

Which were your favourites games when you were a 3 or 4? Can you remember? Did you like puzzles, drawing or making up stories?

You can use all these games to play with your kids. For sure they’ll love them! But we might help you a little bit finding the most sutiable game for you and your children.

First of all, did you know there are more than one kind of play? There are many different types of play and children can be involved in more than one type at the same time. Children usually show preferences for one kind of game, but it is important that they play a variety of games involving many types of learning and development.

These are the different kind of play a child between 2-6 years of age can experience:

  • Physical play – physical, exploratory, manipulative or constructive play. Your kids can dance differents kinds of music, run, jump or crawl, play football or frisbee, do puzzles, jigsaws, threading or build with blocks. This kind of play involves bodily movements and control, practicing motor skills and using their abilities in order to find what things feel like and what can be done with them.

  • Creative play – Like creating collages, making models or instruments and paiting. You can join the kids and create everything you can imagine and more. This type of play allows children to explore and use several kinds of materials in order to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. They’ll enjoy being creative!

  • Pretend play – pretend, dramatic, make-believe, role and fantasy play involves kids using their imagination. They can pretend with objects, actions or situations. As they grow, their play becomes more complex. They make up stories and scenarios and act real or fantasy events. Early literary and numeracy events, such as making lists and menus and play for cinema tickets, are very common. Small world play makes children use small-scale representations or real things and socio-dramatic play makes them play with other children or adults so they can make friends, negotiate with others or develop their communication skills.
  • Games with rules – try with games such as card games, Bingo, computer games or word and number games. Also, allow children to play with their own rules, more flexible and join them in pretend plays, for example, everyone has to knock before coming in. language is rellay important in these kind of games as children explain, question and negotiate the rules.

  • Language play – Try some games with the kids such as I spy, Words beginning with… or I went to the sop and I bought… Find rhyming words, say tongue twisters (She sells sea shells by the seashore), make up stories or read and toalk about stories using comments and questions. These type of play involves children playing with sounds and words. They love jokes and funny stories!


You can find more information here.


Pay attention to our blog, we will write more tips for kids of other ages pretty soon.

Join us in our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for more information and tips!!

Cooking tips!

Cara International is not just a regular Au Pair Agency. We don’t finish our work once the Au Pair is assigned to a family, we accompany the Au Pair through the whole journey with advise and tips to make her stay more comfortable.

Today in Cara International we are talking about cooking in our blog. In this post you will find some cooking tips that will make your babysitting easier while you make dinner.

First of all, kids need healthy food in their everyday meals but sometimes it’s difficult finding time to cook this kind of dishes because you are so busy. Here you can find an easy, and healthy at the same time, recipe that will make your children really happy.



In future, children will live by themselves and they will cook their own dishes. Why not teach them how to cook? Of course you need to start with something simple, for example, a pizza.



However, sometimes you just need some time alone to prepare dinner, because you are a really complicated recipe. Then, you should find some games your kids can play in order to have some time by yourself but watch them at the same time. Let’s draw then!



Like these tips! Go to our Facebook page and find some more!