About me

As a Cultural Care local childcare consultant (LCC), I invite our host families and au pairs as well as those considering Cultural Care Au Pair to explore my site and learn about what is going on in our community. I provide year-round support to host families and au pairs, and also talk to families considering the program to help them determine if Cultural Care Au Pair is the right childcare solution for them.

Welcome to my Cultural Care Website!

The heaviest used parts of my website are the “helpful links” and “local events” tabs. Please feel free to glance through the photo albums and peruse my blog, which answers many frequently asked questions about the Au Pair Cultural Exchange program.

I have lived in New Jersey since 2002. I admit that for the first year or two, living in New Jersey sometimes felt like living in a foreign country! But now I tell everyone that New Providence, New Jersey is my favorite place I have ever lived.

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona. Sometimes my Western roots show.

I am in my 40’s. When I was a younger woman, I was a bit of an adventurer-  I was 20 when I traveled by myself to Alaska to earn “big $” working in a Salmon factory, and a year later I moved to Hong Kong for a few years, working first as a missionary and then as a teacher in a Chinese Kindergarten. If pressed, I can still speak a little conversational Cantonese.

Because of my experience living abroad in my 20’s, I relate to these young Au Pairs, trying to learn a different language and experience new things.

I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a writing degree, dabbled in massage therapy and water exercise, ran two book clubs, participated in a couple community orchestras (violin), sewed a few Halloween costumes, (pre-Comic-con) binged-watched cooking shows until I learned a few tricks, went through the roller-coaster ride of infertility and ended up with four children: Miriam and Benjamin (twins, 11), Clarissa (9) and Jeremy (6).

The Ultimate Life Achievement: Raising happy children to be happy, fulfilled adults. I hope I can accomplish this. And I hope you can too! Hosting an Au Pair can help!!!