Sharing New England Summer Treasures

Sharing special traditions and customs is part of hosting an au pair and something that my family has embraced for the nine years we have welcomed au pairs into our home to help care for our children.  I always marvel at seeing the reactions of our au pairs when we introduce them to things like peanut butter, a New England lobster bake, s’mores, a thanksgiving turkey, BBQing year round, or a Starbucks latte.  Some of these items have gone over better than others but one thing is for sure our au pairs have always been adventurous enough to try it all and report in their thoughts.

Franzi wasn’t sure what to think when we brought home lobsters one evening.  The kids loved racing them in the kitchen but had no interest in eating them.  So Franzi, Ty and I enjoyed them in our kitchen, laughing and marveling at how much work it was to get the tiniest bit of lobster meat out of a shell.  But we reveled in the fact that it was all worth it.  They were delicious and enjoyed by all.

I love this openness of spirit and willingness to try anything that our au pairs arrive with when they start their year and secretly long for it to rub off on my own children.  Until then, our whole family enjoys the opportunity to share some of the wonderful local dishes and traditions that make New England special in the summer and will keep working on exposing the kids to some of the more adventurous culinary delights.



About samanthajanney

My name is Sam and I am a working mom who lives life on the run. Whether it is work related (I travel for business a lot), child related (two active school aged children with plenty of after school interests), au pair related (host mom to our 11th au pair), husband related (married for 11 years), sister, friend etc, there isn’t a moment that I don’t find myself running around trying to do it all. Some weeks are more successful than others (sorry friends and family if you have been on the receiving end of a bad week) but I believe in the 80%-20% rule! 80% of our lives are full of the good stuff, but it's the 20% of life's challenges that make me interesting because I'm the conflict resolution artist. Join me on the journey of self discovery, problem solving and attempts to get it right more often than not!
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1 Response to Sharing New England Summer Treasures

  1. Sierra says:

    Its funny how big a part of culture sharing is food sharing! We do the same thing with our au pairs and the kids get a kick out of it too.

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