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Supporting Bilingualism with Online Rental for Children’s Books in German

Do you know one big secret to raising a bilingual child? It is so simple, most people dismiss it: Read to your child every single day in German for 15 minutes or more

Research shows, parents who make it a daily routine and stick to it, will see that their children will use German more actively, have better language skills, a wider range of vocabulary in German and a broader knowledge of the world, not to mention all the other benefits of reading to your child.

Just as important as reading daily is having a steady supply of suitable German children’s books. But this can be a challenge when living abroad, time-consuming, costly and cumbersome.

And oftentimes the books gather dust in a corner after one or two readings.

KinderBooks, an online rental, offers children’s books subscriptions for children 0-10 years. For a montly fee you will receive quality childrens’s books, matching the age, language level and interests of your child. No matter whether you child is into knights or vulcanos, princesses or science, your child is a beginning or advanced reader: We offer a curated selection of 1.200 titles on a broad range of subject and genres.

They currently offer 4 plans: 2 books or 4 books a month, an unlimited plan and a Summertime special of 8 books for 90 days.

To sign up, visit www.kinderbooks.nyc, enter the age and interests of your child and the books will be delivered by mail to your door. Once you are done reading, send the books back, using the pre-paid return envelope. Soon thereafter new books will arrive. With a new package arriving every month, your children will be excited about the books.

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5 questions to ask your OB/GYN early on in your pregnancy

Many pregnant women are pretty happy with their obstetrician- until it comes to giving birth. Once its getting to the “birth talk” around 36 weeks some obstetricians show a very different side to what the mom-to-be had in mind for her birth experience. Starting from the right time for induction to discussing the position how the mother prefers to give birth – make sure to ask your obstetrician or midwife early on in pregnancy what you would like to know.

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Kid’s Birthday Party – A quick guide for foreigners


No matter if you’re new to New York or just new to motherhood – there will soon be a birthday party to host – and it’s quite different than back home. Here are a few interesting facts, some do’s and don’ts and a general overview of the birthday “etiquette”.

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Finding a Babysitting Job in NYC

New York City is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world, which makes it prime real estate for both those looking to find work and those in need of care. Everywhere you go, there’s a business — or family — in need of employees, and when you tack on internet advertising, opportunity abounds.

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The Chicken and the Egg Problem of “Credit” in the US


One of life’s greatest mysteries is what came first: the chicken or the egg? Unfortunately, this same problem can be applied to credit in the US because if you don’t have a credit history, it’s tough to be given a line of credit. But how can you get credit history if you haven’t had any experience using credit before? Read on to find out how to navigate the complicated world of getting credit in the US without having credit in the US.

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Carpooling is the Earth-Friendly Solution Busy New York Parents Need

Until kids are independent, it is up to parents to get them from Point A to Point B. For many parents, it often feels like they spend hours every day just making sure their kids get to school and back and then off to an after-school activity. Even in New York, sometimes it’s simply not convenient to use public transportation or walk with your kids.

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5 Tips when Shopping for a Mortgage as an International Buyer

Are you thinking about buying an apartment or a house, but you’re on a visa or Green Card and your assets are partly in Europe? Not to worry – it just takes a few more steps of planning and preparation and get all your ducks in order before you start looking. The direct way to secure a mortgage would be with your bank, but surprisingly that’s often not the best bet when you are an expat with international assets.

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How much should you pay a babysitter in NYC?

How much should you pay a Babysitter? 

According to a survey by UrbanSitter in 2018, the average hourly babysitting rate has climbed to $16.43 for one child, based on a survey of more than 20,000 families across the country. In New York City you can still get away with $15 per hour if you find a high school kid or inexperienced student. For an experienced babysitter the rates are usually between $18 and $20 for one child. For special skills like someone with an education in early childhood care, CPR or even a desired language, you can expect to pay around $25 per hour.

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Five Myths About Bilingualism

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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Alles, was Du über die Baby Shower wissen musst

Wie läuft eine Baby Shower in den USA typischerweise ab? Wer wird eingeladen? Und was solltest Du bei den Geschenken beachten? In unserem Beitrag erhältst Du alle Antworten, die Du brauchst, um perfekt auf die nächste Baby Party vorbereitet zu sein!

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