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Snow days are quite normal in the USA, but what do they mean, what do I do with my children on such a day and how do I catch up the missed classes? We will answer these questions and give you a few tips on what activities you can do with your children if the weather forecast predicts a snow day.

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YouTV | How to Watch German Films and TV Classics at Christmas Time

What would Christmas be without fairy tales – they belong to the Christmas season, like the Advent calendar, Christmas cookies or the festively decorated Christmas tree. Whether they are new films or old productions from DDR times – the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in particular are still very popular. If you also want to watch German films and TV classics while living abroad – especially at Christmas time – we might have a simple solution for you: YouTV.

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Grandma Wanted – Living With a Granny Nanny

One of the biggest challenges for expat families living abroad is for sure the fact that friends and family are not living close by anymore – Skype or Facetime sessions have become integral parts of the weekly schedule. But when it comes to finding a babysitter, grandma and grandpa are sorely missed. Especially when both parents are working, and you need regular care.

With 12+ weeks of summer break, several snow days during wintertime, holidays and children getting sick every now and then, it appears even more impossible to follow a regular schedule for working mom and dads.

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Top 5 Aktivitäten in NYC zur Weihnachtszeit

Erlebe den Zauben von New York City in der Vorweihnachtszeit. Die ganze Stadt erstrahlt im weihnachtlichen Glanz, es riecht nach gebrannten Mandeln, und an jeder Ecke gibt es etwas anderes zu bestaunen. Wir haben für euch die “Top 5” Aktivitäten zusammengestellt, die ihr während der Vorweihnachtszeit mit der ganzen Familie erleben könnt.

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Deutsche und Zweisprachige Weihnachtsgottesdienste in NYC und Umgebung

Wenn für euch der Weihnachtsgottesdienst genauso zum Fest gehört, wie das „Christkind“ oder der „Weihnachtsmann“ selbst, haben wir hier eine kleine Zusammenstellung an Kirchengemeinden vorbereitet, die (teilweise in Zusammenarbeit mit Sprachschulen) einen deutschen oder zweisprachigen Weihnachtsgottesdienst anbieten:

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Die Schönsten Weihnachtsmärkte in New York und Umgebung

Weihnachtszauber in New York! Was gibt es Schöneres, als in der Vorweihnachtszeit über die Weihnachtsmärkte zu schlendern, Glühwein zu trinken und dabei noch das ein oder andere Geschenk zu entdecken… Auch hier gibt es inzwischen mehrere große und kleine Weihnachtsmärkte – wir haben euch eine Übersicht zusammengestellt:

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Where to Start Your Search for the Right School…

When my daughter was born I was sure we would move back to Germany by the time she turns six, as I could not imagine raising her in the New York school system. All I had heard were horror stories of extreme competition to get into the right preschool which seemed to be the only guarantee of getting to Harvard or Yale…. We only heard about the unsatisfactory conditions of public schools and the horrendous cost of private institutions, not to mention universities.

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Thanksgiving in NYC – Macy’s Parade and More

Thanksgiving is around the corner. This is a day not yet celebrated in Germany, but it’s a major holiday in the United States. Originally a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest, it has become a popular holiday bringing families and friends together. One of the most exciting things to do on Thanksgiving in New York is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a must-do not only for youngsters!

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Tips to Ride Safely in a Taxi With Your Child

Do you ride safely in a Taxi or ride share service in NYC with your kids?

In big cities like New York, owning a car is rare and taking the taxi for short or long distances is the only way to go. This was a big difference, when moving from Germany to the U.S, and we were not aware of the challenges that would come with it.

Most germans that are  living in NYC will know the problem. You are transporting your child in a taxi, car service or ride share but you don’t want to haul your car seat along with you. And while in Germany most taxi services provide a car seat for your child, this is not the case in NYC.

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Thinking About Hosting an Au Pair? Here are Some Basic Facts

 

Thinking about hosting an au pair?

Here are a few basic facts for international parents in the U.S.

In-home childcare is much more readily available in the US than in most parts of Europe. Especially for international parents hosting an au pair seems like the ideal childcare solution as au pairs can help assist in teaching an international parent’s language or bring a new language into the mix. Many families also love the cultural component of the program. For practical reasons hosting at au pair provides a lot of flexibility in terms of scheduling.

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