Friday, September 06, 2013

You know you're becoming a Swiss parent when...


You may not have a Swiss passport, but if you're anything like The Frau, that won't stop you from becoming a Swiss parent. Here are 11 signs you're ready for that red passport:

You’ve bought the rubber pants in one of two regulation colors from Migros.

Your toddler says no in at least two languages

You have the Famigros card (and the submarine shopping bag)

You’ve participated in a Slow Up

You don’t have a car but you have a stroller almost as big as one
Photo: Brian Opyd

You breathe a sigh of relief when you score a train or tram with step-free entry

You can’t wait for your child to turn three so they can be in the Waldspielgruppe

You realize the one and only swing at the park is always taken

You realize no matter what park you go to, it’s designed for 7-year-olds and the one and only swing is still taken

You don’t even notice that your child answers your English questions with Jas and Neins anymore

You make all day trips based on the Kinderwagenwandern book

Have you become a "Swiss parent?" How?

4 comments:

swisssidejewelleryetc said...

Tee hee, this is so true Chantal! And what is it with those swings (Riiti) - it's always taken. And the Waldspielgruppe! Thank you for taking me back in time...these days my kids are obsessed with iphones and ipad :( Haven't forgotten about those English books - will email you.
Schönes Wochenende!
Vicky

Amanda said...

It is so wonderful that your little one is growing up in Switzerland. I'm envious of the exposure to multiple languages and all the outdoor goodness! She'll be taking ski field trips before you know it! (Although to be fair, my husband did take a ski field trip when he was a boy in Northern California, so that type of trip is not exclusive to CH...)

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