47 0 0 german in pictures for children 13 6. 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? I cried in my bad German. Both kids and parents ignored me. The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. Contrary to stereotypes, most German parents I’ve met are the opposite of strict. They place a high value on independence and responsibility.
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. Encourage kids to play with fire.