A Tribute to Our Host Moms

Mother’s Day is just around the corner on May 14, 2023. There’s no better time for moms to feel love, support, and appreciation all around. While breakfast in bed, a homemade card, or a few hours of rest and relaxation are always welcomed by moms on this day, simple words of appreciation can go a long way.

au pair with host family
Au pair Elena with her host family

We asked our au pairs to share some heartfelt words so we could shout it from the internet “rooftops” just how much our host moms are appreciated by our au pairs from all over the world.

What do you appreciate most about your host mom?

Au pair Adriana with her host mom and host child
Au pair Adriana with her host mom and host child

“The fact that she always tries to listen and put herself in my shoes to be able to understand me better.”
~ Adriana, Mexico

The person she is and no matter what she is always there for you. I look up to her.
~ Rianke, South Africa

Au pair Valentina with her host mom and host child
Au pair Valentina with her host mom and host child

The trust she has placed in me to share her life and make me part of her family.
~ Valentina, Colombia

How she treats me like a daughter and cares about me.
~ Anna, Austria

Au pair Ana Karen's host family
Au pair Ana Karen’s host family

She makes me feel as one of the family, always kind, positive and caring.
~ Ana Karen, Mexico

She is always so kind with me.
~ Rosa, Spain

Au pair CJ with his host family
Au pair CJ with his host family

She will make you feel like you can talk to her about anything and she’s a good listener!
~ CJ, South Africa

But don’t worry! Au pairs won’t just tell you how much they appreciate you. They’ll show you too! Ana Karen is planning to cook some delicious Mexican food for her host mom. Elena will buy flowers and a special card to celebrate her host mom. And Adriana’s thoughtfulness will be shown through delivering one of her host mom’s favorite cakes and a mug to add to her collection.

Being a host mom is a role you may not always think of as being truly impactful, but you are changing someone’s life and helping them grow each and every day. Colombian au pair, Valentina, says, “She (my host mom) has taught me to live with peace of mind, thinking that everything will always be fine.”

Au pair Karina tells us she has learned how to be “a strong, successful, powerful and kind woman” from her host mom. And CJ, from South Africa, is grateful to have learned “How to make roti and Indian chai tea” from his host mom. Hey, practical life skills are just as important sometimes!

Moms, on Mother’s day, and hopefully on all days, Au Pair USA wants you to know your role as host mom is very much appreciated. Thank you and happy Mother’s Day!

Marisa Lonic

Marisa is a lover of all things cultural exchange. She and her family have hosted au pairs from Brazil, Germany, Colombia, Spain, and Ecuador. As a mom of four and the founder of Mama Work It, she helps working moms juggle mom life, work life, spouse life, fill in the blank life through her books, courses and coaching programs.