It's Nikolaustag time! If you are new to Germany or new to parenting in Germany, you might not know about this much loved tradition. I had no idea when we arrived, but have wholeheartedly taken it into our family's Christmas traditions as it's such a sweet idea.
Numerous articles on the number of refugees coming in to Berlin have been written in a spattering of languages around the world and of course locally too. Whilst many report about the bureaucratic chaos ensuing, they often have failed to report on the huge dedication, drive and support that many Berlin residents are giving, both German and migrants / expats alike.
There are a huge amount of groups, organisations and individuals who are dedicating their time and resources to try and help and I have compiled a list of some of the ways in which you can help too. Whether you have some money to give, items to offer or even time to donate, there are plenty of ways in which you can do your part to help and be part of this support system. There are of course many wonderful options out there and I can't include them all, so I have chosen some key ways in which you can get involved, the majority of which you can do in English, for those who aren't confident reading or writing in German.
November is here and many of you will have likely noticed lanterns and sticks with lights on the end appearing in the shops. This means St. Martin's Day is coming and this post will explain some of the story behind St. Martin's Day and how it is celebrated with children here in Berlin
I am in no way trying to rush Winter along, I am more than happy to stick with Autumn / Fall for now, but I know us parents like to be prepared and planning your child's Winter wardrobe can be a good idea before the cold truly hits. Some Berlin winters, such as last year's, can be really mild but with temperatures of -20 degrees a possibility, it's always a good idea to stock up on some wardrobe essentials. Here are my tips for dressing your baby, toddler and children through a Berlin Winter...
Not every parent is skilled at cutting a child's hair (I know this from painful personal experience!) so finding a patient hairdresser, experienced with cutting kid's hair, is a blessing. Here are my tips on where to go to get your child's hair cut in Berlin.. although, tbh, I feel there must be more, as the list is not that long. Please do get in touch if you know any more!
For the first 5 years of parenting, I was a single mother and of course, single parents often have specific needs, enquiries and experiences that two parents don't face. For this reason, I wanted to create a guide for single parents living in Berlin, whether you are expecting your baby, are already a single parent or are currently in the process of splitting from your partner to become one. The guide is split in to different categories, so search down to find which one best suits your personal situation.
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