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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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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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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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What Does It Take to Get Pregnant?

CityKinder Expecting in NY Seminar for pregnant Expats and Parents-To-Be

Some may laugh at the question, but for many couples wishing to have a child this is serious business. We usually put considerable effort into preventing pregnancy so that we sometimes forget that conception is not the automatic consequence of intercourse. In fact, millions of couples in the United States attempt to become pregnant each year but fail and are considered infertile.

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How can we watch German TV in the US?

  • September 5th 2014, 8am
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One thing many Expats or Transplants miss in the US is German TV. No matter if it’s  your favorite series, Tatort or one of the many documentaries it’s just different than American programming. Plus it’s a great way to expose our kids to more German!

Thanks to the internet there are plenty of ways to get your favorite programs straight to your house or download whole series on your iPad. If you know of additional channels and programs, please let us know or just comment below. 

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Choosing the right childbirth class

German CityKinder Seminar Birth Education New York

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Alongside with the preparations for the baby you might be thinking about booking a childbirth class. Or not? Some dads-to-be are worried they might have to end up panting and pushing, some moms-to-be are worried they might have to moan in front of strangers. Let me help you with making that decision.

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The best tips for flying with Baby

  • June 26th 2014, 10pm
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Flying with baby for the first time can be an intimidating thought, but in most cases it’s much less uncomfortable than expected. For most of us it’s a reality we most likely face in the first year of our baby’s life.  For me the hardest time was not when my daughter was a baby but rather a small toddler from 18 to about 24 month. After that our friend the iPad took care of the entertainment program during the flight.

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