15+ reasons why being a child in Germany rocks

I recently read this article about reasons why being a child in Germany is great. But I really was not convinced by some of the arguments: the Happy Meal being the worse one. So I decided to compile my own list.

15 reasons being a child in Germany is great

Despite some of the recent bad press of Germany, it is a great place to raise children.

Here are some of my favourite reasons why it is great to be a child in Germany.

- You walk to school alone from about 5/6 years old.

- You play naked in public ponds, water features and nobody will bat an eyelid or report you and your parents to social services.

- You will climb on top of playground structures or park equipment (where only birds can usually go) but no adult will say anything.

- The playgrounds are everywhere, fancy, dangerously safe. Just great fun.

- You don't go to school until 6 years old.

- You always wear comfortable and practical clothing rather than pretty or elegant options.

-  Germany, as a country, rewards your parents for existing and later for furthering your education with monthly generous allowances.

- You can walk around in your underwear indoors (stockings/tights) and it does not need to be your home.

- Kids are not taught to read and write before 6.

- Play matters. Always. Everyday.

- Adults have a general relaxed attitude to discipline.

- You are outdoors come rain, sun or snow.

- Adults will always carry a ton of snacks with them to the playground or any other outing.

- Playing with knives, nails and marbles is no problem from toddlerhood onwards.

- Starting school is a big, fun, joyous occasion. Parents and schools organise parties and ceremonies to welcome you. You are the star of the show for a few days.

Are you raising your children in Germany? What do you like about it?

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  1. Not sure what Happy Meals have to do with German...

    I always find 6 years old to be really late for starting school. That means children who don't go to KIndergarten are six years old before they experience any kind of classroom setting! But Kindergarten is mandatory in Switzerland, so that feels like a good compromise.

    1. There are very very few children who don't go to Kindergarten in Germany.

  2. Yes, seriously- what's the deal with not going to school till 6 years old? I think school is fun! (depends on the school actually). My son's endless summer vacation is almost over and although we had a fantastic time full of play dates, pools & beaches, he can't wait to get back to school!

    & discipline is a grey area. I think I'm pretty relaxed too. And then I come across kids who are noisy as ever, don't bother with seat belts and eat their meals in bed and then I think I'm pretty strict!

    Love to read about bringing up children around the world as usual! Pls do link up at the Practical Mondays, would love to see your posts there :)

  3. I always envied G-kids for their Schultüte!

    1. Oh yes... one more project for the summer.

  4. I've been missing Germany so much so this has been hard for me to read. Those really are great points about childhood there. I'm also a fan of the kita system with kids being in different age ranges in one classroom. They have more experience playing with kids who aren't the same age and I think it creates a more understanding kid.

  5. Sounds like an amazing place to raise kids; such freedom for kids to be kids.

  6. What a great place for kids! I am all for comfortable clothes daily, such a plus for free play and learning. Thank you for sharing.


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