Support. Its what we need in time of crisis, its what we offer our friends when they are in need. We volunteer to make meals, run errands or babysit for one another, its the social glue that binds our communities. Unfortunately, our increasingly independent, migratory and busy lifestyles offer fewer and fewer opportunities to give and receive support.
I recently witnessed two unfortunate and unforeseen situations where au pairs were invaluable in helping families through crisis situations. Without delving into much detail, the au pairs became the support that these families needed to handle daunting obstacles. The au pairs assistance extended well beyond childcare. Their help in times of crisis underscores the value of extending your childcare choices through in-home care giving. Many have found that if you welcome and invite others into your family, they respond in kind.
This past weekend au pairs from the tri-state area convened in NYC for a scavenger hunt in downtown Manhattan. This fun event was followed by a group visit to the 9/11 Memorial. In sharing our joys and sorrows, we found that the au pairs appreciated the signifance, gravity and shared the sense of loss with us. Their heart-warming interchange was a reminder of our best characteristics -- how we can come together and offer each other support in times of crisis.