Seven quirky things German parents do while raising their kids
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Seven quirky things German parents do while raising their kids

It's common to romanticize the parenting techniques of other countries, but some tendencies of German Eltern can leave foreigners utterly confused.

‘Multilingualism is an enrichment, not a deficit’: raising bilingual kids in Germany

‘Multilingualism is an enrichment, not a deficit’: raising bilingual kids in Germany

9-year-old ‘hostage’ sets off police hunt with paper plane cry for help

9-year-old ‘hostage’ sets off police hunt with paper plane cry for help

Customs in Frankfurt to destroy 35 tonnes of unsafe Fidget Spinners

Customs in Frankfurt to destroy 35 tonnes of unsafe Fidget Spinners

Germany’s first ‘democratic kindergarten’ gives tiny tots a vote

Germany’s first ‘democratic kindergarten’ gives tiny tots a vote

German merchants can’t keep up with kids’ demand for fidget spinners

German merchants can’t keep up with kids’ demand for fidget spinners

Parents outraged as brothel adverts tossed out during kids’ carnival

Parents outraged as brothel adverts tossed out during kids’ carnival

7 surefire signs your kids are definitely German

7 surefire signs your kids are definitely German

Number of refugee children arriving alone quadruples

Number of refugee children arriving alone quadruples

German to have quadruplets – at 65

German to have quadruplets – at 65

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Leipzig must pay families denied childcare

Working parents to get more options with Plus

Working parents to get more options with Plus

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

Man throws three kids and self from window

Man throws three kids and self from window

Nine-year-old girl takes on bag thieves

Nine-year-old girl takes on bag thieves

Couple ‘chained teen to floor to go shopping’

Couple ‘chained teen to floor to go shopping’

Pharmacist eye-drop error blinds babies

Pharmacist eye-drop error blinds babies

Ageing well: Toymaker Playmobil turns 40

Ageing well: Toymaker Playmobil turns 40

Pupils catch teacher on porn site in class

Pupils catch teacher on porn site in class

‘We have more freedom to teach sex in schools’

‘We have more freedom to teach sex in schools’

German parents push back school start

German parents push back school start

Madeleine McCann trail leads to Germany

Madeleine McCann trail leads to Germany

Family planning group ‘justified paedophilia’

Family planning group ‘justified paedophilia’

Schoolboy, 12, stabbed in chest during fight

Schoolboy, 12, stabbed in chest during fight

Boy survives crash, mum and grandparents die

Boy survives crash, mum and grandparents die

Pensioner shoots at child plum thieves

Pensioner shoots at child plum thieves

Kids stash record pocket money cash

Kids stash record pocket money cash

Boy finds grandfather’s ‘mummy’ hidden in attic

Boy finds grandfather’s ‘mummy’ hidden in attic

Five-year-old dies, sister injured after car chase

Five-year-old dies, sister injured after car chase

Boys and girls can be split for sports

Boys and girls can be split for sports

Divorcees wait longer to call it a day

Divorcees wait longer to call it a day

Six kilo newborn Germany’s biggest baby

Six kilo newborn Germany’s biggest baby

Police warn of deadly train track photo trend

Police warn of deadly train track photo trend

Wagner ‘lite’ operas storm Bayreuth festival

Wagner ‘lite’ operas storm Bayreuth festival

Third of pupils fall foul of online bullies

Third of pupils fall foul of online bullies

Holidaymakers warned of blow-up death traps

Holidaymakers warned of blow-up death traps

Pet pals ‘crucial’ for kids – and adults – in Germany

Pet pals ‘crucial’ for kids – and adults – in Germany

Brawl breaks out at kids’ footie game

Brawl breaks out at kids’ footie game

State powerless to boost crawling birth rate

State powerless to boost crawling birth rate

Hungary slams critical German kids TV show

Hungary slams critical German kids TV show

German teens turn to grown-up books

German teens turn to grown-up books

Germany and Turkey mourn eight fire victims

Germany and Turkey mourn eight fire victims

Dads to get joint custody even if mum says no

Dads to get joint custody even if mum says no

Bearded baby bouncers on the rise

Bearded baby bouncers on the rise

Parents not liable if kids download illegally

Parents not liable if kids download illegally

Mother ‘kills three children before car crash’

Mother ‘kills three children before car crash’

Far fewer caesareans in former East Germany

Far fewer caesareans in former East Germany

Halloween sweet thefts keep cops busy

Halloween sweet thefts keep cops busy

Raids in three states crack sex-trafficking ring

Raids in three states crack sex-trafficking ring

One baby dies, others ill after bacteria outbreak

One baby dies, others ill after bacteria outbreak

Police find girl’s body after hay barn fire

Police find girl’s body after hay barn fire

School bans homework for two years

School bans homework for two years

Aldi recalls salmon salad after salmonella scare

Aldi recalls salmon salad after salmonella scare

New grandparents ‘to have time off work’

New grandparents ‘to have time off work’

German killer granny jailed for 21 years in US

German killer granny jailed for 21 years in US

1 in 7 German children growing up poor

1 in 7 German children growing up poor

School: German children cannot learn Turkish

School: German children cannot learn Turkish

Ex-husband finds dead baby in freezer

Ex-husband finds dead baby in freezer

Watchdog slams McDonald’s book scheme

Watchdog slams McDonald’s book scheme

Man snatches child ‘to increase contact with ex’

Man snatches child ‘to increase contact with ex’

City struggles to fire teacher for ‘racial abuse’

City struggles to fire teacher for ‘racial abuse’

Teacher fined for pointing out cleavage with pencil

Teacher fined for pointing out cleavage with pencil

Four children killed in house fire

Four children killed in house fire

Child ‘stabbed to death by mum’s boyfriend’

Child ‘stabbed to death by mum’s boyfriend’

Three dead kids in fire ‘were victims of crime’

Three dead kids in fire ‘were victims of crime’

US ‘murder’ gran ‘had problems from WWII’

US ‘murder’ gran ‘had problems from WWII’

Couple embark on Afghan circus road-trip

Couple embark on Afghan circus road-trip

Germany pledges ‘right to circumcise’

Germany pledges ‘right to circumcise’

Death of boy found on beach ‘an accident’

Death of boy found on beach ‘an accident’

Jail for dad who killed daughters in car fireball

Jail for dad who killed daughters in car fireball

Tot hijacks forklift and causes oil spill

Tot hijacks forklift and causes oil spill

New teen drug trend has officials worried

New teen drug trend has officials worried

German dads staying home with the kids

German dads staying home with the kids

Sojourning in Schleswig

Sojourning in Schleswig

How to keep kids in Germany entertained during the coronavirus outbreak

How to keep kids in Germany entertained during the coronavirus outbreak