How to Parent Like a German | TIME

“The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to their children who were hanging off a wooden dragon 20 feet above a sand pit. Where were the piles of soft padded foam? The liability notices? The personal injury lawyers? […]

Here are a few surprising things Berlin parents do:

Don’t push reading. Berlin’s kindergartens or “kitas” don’t emphasize academics. In fact, teachers and other parents discouraged me from teaching my children to read. I was told it was something special the kids learn together when they start grade school. Kindergarten was a time for play and social learning. But even in first grade, academics aren’t pushed very hard. Our grade school provides a half-day of instruction interrupted by two (two!) outdoor recesses. But don’t think this relaxed approach means a poor education: According to a 2012 assessment by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, German 15-year-olds perform well above the international average when it comes to reading, math and science while their more pressured American counterparts lag behind. […] Continue reading “How to Parent Like a German | TIME”

Bilinguale Beziehungen: Eine Liebe – viele Sprachen | Goethe-Institut

“Welche Konstellationen nutzen bilinguale Paare, um ihre Beziehungen sprachlich zu gestalten? Welche Vor- und Nachteile hat es, wenn man sehr persönliche Fragen in einer Fremdsprache erörtern muss? Und wie werden Entscheidungen zur sprachlichen Erziehung von Kindern gefällt? Vier Berliner Paare stellen sich vor.”

Source: Bilinguale Beziehungen: Eine Liebe – viele Sprachen | Goethe-Institut