What better way to start the New Year and make the most out of your au pair adventure with New Years resolutions? Whether you’ve just started your au pair year or you’ve already been in your host country for a few months, it’s important you make the most out of 2017 especially with all the crazy drama that happened last year (President Trump, Brexit, numerous celebrity deaths, terrorist attacks, etc). An au pair’s dream is to travel, experience, and explore as many cities as possible and this year is going to be a great one to achieve your accomplishments.
New Years resolutions comes once a year and it’s the perfect time to improve upon yourself. It may be difficult to stick to your resolutions especially if you’re an au pair and juggling a million other things like laundry, cooking and studying. Nevertheless, we’ve come up with some common resolutions that most au pairs want to accomplish.
- Try to lose that excessive au pair extra weight is at the top of our New Years resolution list. Most of us gain weight at some point during the au pair year. It’s inevitable. Your entire life by being an au pair has changed. Your location, schedule, diet and even your sleeping patterns change. All these factors can contribute to your weight gain. But the New Year is all about positive changes. Try to invest more time in exercising instead of napping from the minute your host kids leave for school!
- Eat healthier foods. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and green beans are just some of the vegetables my host kids and I dislike eating. My host kid can’t even stand sweetcorn, he’ll forbid anyone eating it anywhere near him! Vegetables are healthy for a reason. They have natural ingredients that contain protein and vitamins. Try sneaking in vegetables into your host kids meals. Cut up little pieces of broccoli or other vegetables and disguise it in their meals like mac and cheese. Get your kids involved in cooking their dinner. This way, they’ll enjoy eating what they made whilst you all benefit from protein and vitamins.
- Encourage activity with your host kids. We’ve all been guilty of placing our host kids in front of the TV or iPad to have some down time. Why not try planning fun activities and games for your host kids? It can be fun and engaging for all of you. It’ll also encourage them to learn through playing which can help develop their educational learning.
- Do you wish to make new friends in your host country? Most of my friends consist of au pairs, rather than a balanced mix of au pairs and citizens of the host country. So this New Year, socialize with different people at different places. Get out of your comfort zone. Maybe take an au pair friend with you for company but mingle with other people too!
If your resolutions are not on this list, comment below on your New Years resolutions for 2017!