Hello, we're a happy family of three, Cris (37), Valerie (4) and baby Vivian (6 months), Italians with connections in the USA, living in Brussels in the heart of Europe. As someone who has travelled around a lot I'm looking to introduce my daughters to different customs and traditions. Obviously I also need some help with the daily routine around this time, when the girls are still so young and sometimes ask for solo time with mommy. My preference goes to people with proven enthusiasm for being around children: joyful and sociable, Valerie knows how to involve guests in her games and is very easily driven as well, as long as you can leave your cell phone aside when interacting with her. Vivian is a surprise still for us to discover! Beware there's a lot of singing in our home :-)
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
We live right in the middle of the EU district, a stone's throw away from free museums such as the House of the European history and the EU Parliament-run museum Parlamentarium. Beyond that, you'll have plenty of time to explore wider Brussels either by public transport (bus stop around the corner, subway 5 minutes away) or on a bike we're happy to lend you. The city is extremely international, the perfect place for language practicing through registered classes and tandem exchange at the universities. It goes without saying that, as Italians, we're also happy to show you a bit of our traditions. Be ready to make pizza together :)
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I'm looking for someone creative, passionate about children, to be part of our family for a while and bring a bit of your traditions with you (baking together or playing music is always fun for children). You will entertain Valerie when her little sister requires my full attention, and you should feel confident holding a baby and giving her attention when it's the other way round. Among her favorite activities, Valerie loves music and esp. dancing, playing Duplo, painting and all sorts of coloring, setting up original tables with her play food, reading books - we can never have too many, she's a little bookworm! It might be useful to know that you can always count on my presence, i.e. there will be no need to prepare meals or change diapers: I've wanted my girls more than anything in my life and I've hardly ever needed to leave them alone with a babysitter. This said, both girls are in kindergarten or daycare until around 3:30 while I work - from home, for the moment. Both buildings are 5 minutes walking distance from our apartment and it would be great if you could help pick up one of the girls. Until then you are welcome to enjoy your free time. I only expect you to contribute to the general household chores the way you would do in your own home, e.g. cleaning the table or vacuuming when needed. Nothing heavy of course, we have a cleaning lady who comes every week.
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You will have a little room for yourself, overlooking one of the best squares in Brussels
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Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week