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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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Where & Why to get a flu shot in New York


While in Germany the flu shot is usually only recommend for children (6 months and up), people over 60, and high risk groups like pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses –  you almost can’t escape the flu shot mania living in New York…. As so many people live in one spot the risks of infection is much higher, so you should definitely think about the option.

The NYC Health Map is a fantastic resource to find out where you can go get a flu shot. It’s generally included in your health insurance plan.  Check with your insurance provider to see what they can get you and then use the list below!

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Boxing Lunch – A Daily Challenge

Now, that everyone is back to school and the daily grind is taking over, there is one topic coming up again and again– school lunch.

Besides preparing breakfast and getting everybody ready to leave the house, this is a daily challenge every parent with school-age kids has to face. Those of  you who are new to parenthood might wonder at this point –can it really be that difficult to make and pack a sandwich, throw in a juice box and cut some fruits and vegetables? 

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How to watch German TV shows in the US?

There are several options to get German TV programs into your living room. If you have kids growing up multilingual, carefully selected shows can be a great way to expand their vocabulary and understanding.

One option is YouTV, the first and only German legal online TV recorder accessible worldwide. German expats around the world can access almost the entire German TV program and record individual shows. By recording a show, it will be stored in a cloud and can be played back regardless of time zones at any time. Of course, this is also possible in HD on your SmartTV or your Roku device.

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Familienfreundliche Oktoberfest Events & Steuben Parade in New York

Oktoberfest ist fast so beliebt in New York wie in Muenchen! Viele Bars & Restaurants bieten spezielles Bier und Gerichte. Die Deutschen Clubs in und um New York haben ihre eigenen Festivitäten, aber alle kommen jedes Jahr am 3. Wochenende im September zur Steuben Parade auf der 5th Avenue zusammen.

Man kann entweder mitlaufen (zum Beispiel mit CityKinder) oder einfach am Strassenrand zusehen.

Wir haben Euch ein paar Informationen zur Steuben Parade und den besten familienfreundlichen Oktoberfest Events zusammengestellt.

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I am not Volunteering at my Kid’s School – or Should I?


When I first came to the US, I thought parents here just liked to be involved in their kid’s school. But now I know that there are many reasons why the schools need parent support: lack of funding, teacher’s rights and state and federal requirements. As a working mom, I just can’t be part in all of it and be successful in them.

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Six Flags Safari & Great Adventure Park

Im letzten Juli wurden wir im Rahmen des Betriebsausfluges meines Mannes in den Six Flags Safari and Great Adventure Park eingeladen. Der Park liegt ca. 90 Minuten südlich von Morris County, NJ und so machten wir uns schon früh auf den Weg nach Jackson, NJ. Die Vorfreude war groß – vorallem konnten wir es kaum erwarten, mit den großen offenen Jeeps auf Safari zu gehen – wer hätte das gedacht, mitten in New Jersey?!

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5 Strände um NYC – Alles ohne Auto!

Wenn man an die Stadt New York denkt, sind Sandstrände nicht unbedingt das erste, was einem in den Sinn kommt.

Für den echten New Yorker gehören im Sommer Tage am Meer aber genauso dazu wie die Hochhäuser und der Central Park. Wenn man ein Auto hat, gibt es eine Menge Möglichkeiten von Montauk bis Cape May, aber auch ohne Auto kann man einige Strände gut besuchen.


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5 things I wish I had known about moving to New York

When my husband asked me if I could imagine living in New York for a few years, I felt a tinge of excitement and adventure. I envisioned extraordinary modern architecture, the skyline (still breath-taking, especially by night), the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps and thousands of yellow cabs. I pictured myself riding my bike over the Brooklyn Bridge with our dog sitting in the basket in front of me – I was happily excited.

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