Education

Your child lives in a very complicated social world. This has always been true for children: all parents can remember their own tears or rage at the cruelty of another child; all parents can remember wanting desperately to be accepted and approved of by other kids.
Still struggling with the German language? Plenty of apps exist to help you patch your way through sticky situations by translating text or speech between languages (Google Translate, iTranslate).
If you've thought about going to college, but didn't know if you could afford it, then the Military Tuition Assistance program may be just the benefit you need. The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members.
My son’s first Valentine’s Day at school in Germany left me scrambling at the last minute. I’d made it to the base Exchange too late — the traditional boxes of themed sign-and-tear cards I remember giving away to my classmates when I was a little girl had long-since been sold out.
For your kids, moving to a new duty station means changing schools. Here’s what you and your children need to know about making the transition a smooth one.
An interstate agreement to make the transition easier
Dreading leaving your toddler with the babysitter or at daycare and want to prepare him?
Virtually every parent who has left a toddler with a caregiver has experienced the crumpled face, the arms velcro-locked around your knees, the wail that rips through your heart.
Though Tax Day happens every year, it still seems to take many Americans by surprise. This year, don’t miss the deadline or let this crucial to-do loom large over your head.
To have a smooth tax season, consider the following:
Only about 20% of high school students have a job, while a whopping 69.7% of students enroll in college upon graduation. For the 20% of high school students who have already entered the workforce, applying for college may seem eerily familiar to you because you’ve applied for jobs before.
I grew up in a small town with several strands of trees less than 100 yards away.
You moved last year, last month, last week. As directed, you handed over those official and/or unofficial school transcripts, letters from past teachers, and test results. You met the teacher, the principal, and a few other parents.
Some school districts will allow your child to complete additional work prior to departure in order to “close out” the semester with a final grade and full credit. DODEA schools allow this, but you may have to inquire if this is a possibility with other school districts.
It’s that time of the year again. Lines at the Exchange are full of shoppers crossing notebooks, pencils, backpacks and new school clothes off of their lists. However, it’s not just children who return to classes at this time. Military members and spouses are also getting back to the books.
Trying to entertain your kids? Going on European trips with them? Make some of these European-inspired crafts with your children this summer to get their minds curious about the cultures around them.
Growing up as a military kid, you develop a love-hate relationship with moving so frequently. As you get older, it is easy to say that you’ve moved enough and you’re tired of it. Going to university is a perfect excuse to say you’ll be settling down for a solid four years.
A good handful of German cities within easy reach to our military stationed in Germany – Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern, Mainz, Mannheim, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden for starters –offer world-class theater experiences, from plays to ballet to opera, nearly every day of the week.
 
The world of volunteering can be overwhelming, even more so if you have children. We, as responsible parents, want to teach our kids to be generous with our time and resources, but we are sometimes turned away from serving if we have young children.