clarseach83

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  1. I learn two things the hard way with my Elternzeit. One: If you take 2 years from the start, you can unilaterally choose to add the consecutive third year. If you only take 1 year, your employer has to OK any extension. Two: When they say you can work 30 hours on Elterngeld plus, they mean 30 hours at the same rate of pay that you had, assuming you're just going to reduce your previous hours in the same job. If you do something else (I freelanced from home instead), then they don't go by hours but by the money you earn. At the start of my Elternzeit, I was told to guess what I thought I might earn as a freelancer during my Elternzeit. Never mind I had no way of knowing what having a baby would do to my ability to work, or how many freelancing gigs I would get over that period. They based the Elterngeld on that guess, instead of just using my known previous income and telling me what I could earn and what I would get when I did. Had they told me from the beginning what the formula was by which they calculated the payments, I could have limited my income accordingly. I am currently PAYING BACK €2000 of Elterngeld because it was only after I had finished my Elternzeit that my actual earnings were calculated against what they had paid and  got a retroactive bill. I would strongly recommend sitting down (if you're good at math...I'm not so my tax consultant did this for me) and making a table of "earn x, get y" so you can balance how much you want to work with how much you ask for and prevent your total income from exceeding 2/3 of what you earned before.
  2. Mums and bumps/play group in Reinickendorf

    Expectant mums are also very welcome! I know I missed having an English-speaking group in the North of the city when I was pregnant with mine, so I hope you'll join me! -Megan
  3. Mums and bumps/play group in Reinickendorf

    Expectant mums are also very welcome! I know I missed having an English-speaking group in the North of the city when I was pregnant with mine, so I hope you'll join me! -Megan
  4. Hi! My name is Megan and I'm starting a new English/bi-lingual baby and toddler play group in Reinickendorf, the "Church Mice". It's an offering of the Ev. Luthergemeinde Alt-Reinickendorf parish and is every Tuesday morning from 9.15-11.30 in Lutherhaus, Baseler Str. 18, 13407. All kids are welcome from birth through pre-school age. The closest bus stops are 128-Aroser Allee and 120-Grindelwaldweg, or it's a 10 minute walk from U8-Franz-Neumann-Platz. There's a shed for prams and a lift. We sing some songs, occasionally make some crafts, and generally just chat and enjoy a bring-and-share breakfast with the little ones. There are also German-language groups on Mondays and Thursdays, so drop me a line if you'd like information on those. Hope to see you soon, Megan
  5. Hi! My name is Megan and I'm starting a new English/bi-lingual baby and toddler play group in Reinickendorf, the "Church Mice". It's an offering of the Ev. Luthergemeinde Alt-Reinickendorf parish and is every Tuesday morning from 9.15-11.30 in Lutherhaus, Baseler Str. 18, 13407.  All kids are welcome from birth through pre-school age. The closest bus stops are 128-Aroser Allee and 120-Grindelwaldweg, or it's a 10 minute walk from U8-Franz-Neumann-Platz. There's a shed for prams and a lift. We sing some songs, occasionally make some crafts, and generally just chat and enjoy a bring-and-share breakfast with the little ones. There are also German-language groups on Mondays and Thursdays, so drop me a line if you'd like information on those. Hope to see you soon, Megan