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Old 13.09.2010, 11:54
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Hello AthenaCarey.

I understand what you're saying and I agree with it...

however, our long term plan for them is to have them more involved outside of the house in after-school activities (sports, clubs, organized and supervised groups) so that they have both the supervision and make more friends locally - it's always hard for kids to move to a new country and by forcing them to be out and social in this manner we hope to make the transition as short for them as possible.

The tagsmutter option is one we will use but probably only for the days where they are not in school for periods of time that cannot be filled by other activities like footy, gym, study group or things like that.
I agree about the activities. Keeping them busy really does help with settling in and making new friends. Will they be able to walk to their activities? That would be awesome. Mine do soccer outside of school, but unfortunately they have to be driven to it. Like yours, we also have schedules that don't match (one in primary school, the other in secondary) and it can be confusing and frustrating at times. We're in the process of working it all out too.

Maybe you can use the Tagsmutter option for now until you get it all sorted out.
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Old 13.09.2010, 12:32
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Re: Afterschool activities for young kids

Hi there.

Oberrohrdorf is so small that they can (and do) walk everywhere on their own so getting to/from activities on their own is not a problem.

I hope to get an answer for the tagsmutter so we can have this week covered asap - who knows, we may use her to try and find other activities that she knows about.

Thanks to everyone on this thread for the help.

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Re: Afterschool activities for young kids

I'm glad you're looking for a childminder now. I have a 10.5 yr old, so I know it's a difficult age for things like this - how long is too long? How often is too often? To be honest, I'm sure the kids would be safe on their own, but whether they would be happy is another issue - 2-3 hours most days is a loooooong time once the clocks change and it's dark outside. Kids love pottering about the house after school and having an adult to share all their news with. Gradually. On a drip feed basis.

Just a little tsk at this, though:

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2. she would (like most people) would go nuts staying at home for the rest of her life because we have kids.
This always puzzles me as a viewpoint: 'I, and everyone like me, would go nuts spending all day with kids (inference: because we're educated, with a wide range of interests and ambitions, with a low boredom threshold, and little kids ARE just a teeny bit dull, aren't they?). So instead I'm going to leave the kids with someone who is obviously not as intelligent, interesting, ambitious and generally more willing to 'settle' in life than me. Yes - that's the sort of person I want raising my children and instilling their sense of values.'



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Kodokan - that cracks me up!!!

I in no way inferred that child minders are of lesser intelligence or boring - in fact I respect them a lot.

What I mean is that, if I were around children around 10 years old day in and day out with little to no interaction with other adults than my spouse I would get very bored quite quickly. To be honest, moving to a new country/city and being in the house in that type of situation. Add the fact that there is a language barrier as well which would hamper any efforts to make friends locally...

I think you can get my point.
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Old 13.09.2010, 14:45
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Re: Afterschool activities for young kids

Gosh, I've had to give my first groan...

@mgivogue :I can't help you unfortunately..we are lucky in my town to have now 3 Tageschule... I just want to say that I again, don't understand why , someone has to justify himself about the reason why the spouse wants to work as if it was a form of child abuse! Good luck , I hope you will find a solution.
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Hi there.

Oberrohrdorf is so small that they can (and do) walk everywhere on their own so getting to/from activities on their own is not a problem.

I hope to get an answer for the tagsmutter so we can have this week covered asap - who knows, we may use her to try and find other activities that she knows about.

Thanks to everyone on this thread for the help.

Good, so now maybe the thread can be deleted.
Now you have told the world your daughter is home alone? Not very clever.
I asked them to delete the entire thread for the safety of your daughter, deleting her name is, in my opinion, not enough.
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Re: Afterschool activities for young kids

Any person who tries to come into my house without myself or my wife there may be in for a surprise...

We have 1 over protective, grumpy little dog (wiener dog) - I know, not much threat. But when you combine that with our other police trained guard dog (who takes cues from the other one)

But thank you for your concern.

This may be considered bad form - but are you by any chance American originally?
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This may be considered bad form - but are you by any chance American originally?
No, but do you have something against Americans?
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No, but do you have something against Americans?
Not particulary (but then again, I am Canadian eh - and you know how we love them Americans ), they have a reputation of being over-protective and outspoken and it seemed to fit.

Canadians have a similar reputation but tend to be slightly more reserved
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Re: Afterschool activities for young kids

Hello moderators/administrator.

I believe I have taken the relevant usefull information from this thread to meet my needs in this situation.

Please feel free to delete this thread as it seems to have upset some the forum readers.

Sorry for making waves, I was just trying to get usefull information on a topic that I needed to address as quickly as possible and I was not having much success from other sources.

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Not particulary (but then again, I am Canadian eh - and you know how we love them Americans ), they have a reputation of being over-protective and outspoken and it seemed to fit.

Canadians have a similar reputation but tend to be slightly more reserved
Well if you looked at my profile you would see I have dual nationality, Canadian and Swiss.
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I stayed home alone since I was 6...Law is different now though.
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