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Five Myths About Bilingualism

Five Myths About Bilingualism
And the real “scoop” on how bilingualism benefits your child

Raising a bilingual child is a big commitment, and it can be challenging. But your decision to teach your child more than one language is a gift that can offer tremendous advantages.

In this post, we’d like to set the record straight on five common myths about bilingualism.

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Grandma Wanted – Living with a Granny Aupair

Granny Aupair with young family | City Kinder

One of the biggest challenges for expat families is the lack of other family members living close by. Although regular Skype or Facetime sessions with grandma and grandpa have become integral parts of the expat’s weekly schedule, we can not just “park” the kids in front of the Ipad or computer screen and have grammy babysit from overseas.

With 12+ weeks of summer, several snow days during wintertime, and children getting sick every so often, there is no way for working Mom and Dads, to be there for their children all the time. Granny appear is one possible solution!

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Baby’s First Walking Shoes

Baby’s First Walking Shoes

We’ve all received those cute little sneakers during our pregnancy from family and friends that mean well.

But are those really going to be your baby’s first shoes? I personally didn’t have any use for the cute little sneakers, but now that my daughter can stand and already tries to take a step or two I had to buy her some walking shoes. The research was adventurous, but I was lucky enough to have been in Germany where these things are much easier for me to handle, when I bought her first pair of walking shoes.

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Why Waldorf Education?

Waldorf Schools Education Rudolf Steiner New York in CityKinder CityExperten Article

Waldorf Schools have been very popular in Germany for a long time, but the US is catching up on the benefits of their unique education approach. Today there are around 160 Waldorf Schools in the US, one of them being the Rudolf Steiner School on the Upper East Side. The school offers Early Childhood, Elementary School, and High School education. Once your child enters the Waldorf concept he or she can continue all the way to their High School diploma. What’s so special about Waldorf education?

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Baby Beach Essentials

Baby sitting at beach wearing the beach essentials.

Congratulations on becoming a parent! What a beautiful time in our lives. With new parenthood come challenges. One of them might be the first trip to the beach with your baby. The times when you would put on a bathing suit, pack a towel and some sunscreen and head are over… You will have to plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need for your baby when you head to the beach.

Here is a check list for you!

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Homemade Baby Food By Months

Homemade Baby Food By Months New York in CityKinder German Blog CityExperten Article

 

 

There’s something very special about preparing your own baby food for your little one. The key is to know what’s appropriate for your baby’s age.

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Top 5 Bookstores For Kids

Top Bookstores for Kids in NY | CityKinder

CityKinder found the 5 most kids friendly bookstores in New York for you! It’s amazing how much effort book stores are putting into our future generation. Here is a list of our top 5 with detailed descriptions!

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Tips for a Healthy Natural Pregnancy

Every pregnant woman’s desire is to enjoy pregnancy and childbirth with as little medical intervention as possible. There are a few things you can do to allow this to happen. Chinese physicians have been helping women for centuries to make good choices before, during and after pregnancy to have the most positive experience. Quite a few of these recommendations sound just like common sense (and they are)—yet they are easily overlooked.

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The Lifelong Benefits of a Bilingual Education

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January is a busy time of the year when parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-aged children evaluate their education options for the coming fall. Choosing the right school for your child can certainly be a challenging endeavor that raises a lot of questions. If you are interested in giving your child a bilingual education, you add even more questions to the mix. Will a second language confuse or complicate the learning process? Will it make it difficult for your child to keep up with his or her monolingual peers academically? If you’re certain you want a bilingual school, how do you choose the right program? For that matter, do bilingual schools with academically excellent college preparatory programs even exist in the New York area?

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Your foreign account is being closed and you wonder why?

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FATCA is the answer.

When I moved to the U.S. 15 years ago, I kept my European stock and bond portfolio, as well as my checking account, at the local HypoVereinsbank (HVB). A few years ago I received a notification from HVB (at the time I was President of HVB Capital Management in New York) kindly notifying me that it was no longer possible for them to manage my portfolio and that they deeply regret having to close the accounts of all U.S. persons.

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