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The Blessed Month of October!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Can't help but to share my enthusiasm for this fabulous month.

My Facebook Status for this month:

October is always an amazing month, even more so this year! : my beloved longtime friend Novan Pradhika arrives in Frankfurt tonight (flying all the way from Sydney Australia,) and will be staying with us in the Ruhr for couple of days this week--- even bringing a bit of Australia to share with the children, staff & I at Kindergarten! The following week we will be celebrating my 31st Birthday (..by baking 80 cupcakes!) I’ve got a very important meeting the third week which has me busy taking professional photos/obtaining translations at the moment. My beautiful Beagle Mickey will be 14 years old on the 27th and lastly Thorsten and I will be flying back to the United States on the 24th for the long awaited Halloween nuptials of Amy and my Brother! …Also…yes, LOL, the new Tokio Hotel album is fantastic :P
— feeling blessed.

*Favourite Holiday
*New "American Horror Story Season"
* Favourite season
...What's there not to love?!


LOL a professional photo per German standards. In this country resumes and other professional documents include a picture. Yes, this is very awkward for an American (so illegal in our country) Please tell me this is a beautiful and not a nerdy pic :)


Tokio Hotel in 2008/9ish.


October in a nutshell!

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/5/2014 5:08PM

    So many blessings!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/5/2014 10:11AM

    the photo looks great not certain about the lipstick though(you did say to be honest didn´t you)remember i am conservative,lol.does this mean you are applying for a new job?still in the same place or a differant part off germany?i know so many questions but you know me love.hope you have a great time with your friend over and also that you and thorsten have a great time back home at your brothers wedding.take care and keep smiling but above all.keep on keeping on. emoticon

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German Vegan Grocceries (picture blog #1.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hello everyone,

Starting with this entry, I am hoping to compile a series of blogs that highlight the gradual, exciting and interesting process of perusing a vegan diet as the centre of the balanced life I am seeking in Germany. These blogs will feature a lot of pictures so they will take a month or two each to come to fruition-- be patient and enjoy. Future entries will include: “Vegan Street Day,” and pictorials of my growing Vegan cookbook collection and the real food I make and eat on a daily basis, that entry in particular will be really colourful and great but take a while because I only cook three dinners each week.

A couple of things about me:

. I’ve been vegetarian for about 15 years. When I moved to Japan the spring/summer of 2008 I began eating some Seafood and never completely got out of the habit. I really dislike the taste of meat and always have so vegetarianism has always been easy.

. I am a great example of a vegetarian that was not a balanced vegetarian for a long time (think high school Samantha…a lot junk and white carbohydrates) and it has taken thus far four years and ongoing to lose weight.

. I’ve been interested in veganism for a long, long time but did not successfully begin eating vegan until July. I started by signing the 30 day pledge here: and doing as best as I could. During that timeframe I went to Ireland could not be 100% sure everything I ate was vegan.

. I am *not* trying to be super vegan or completely unifiable. I have seen that many vegans are hardcore and if you are not completely free of meat, milk and eggs at all times you fail and have no right to call yourself a vegan. Amongst this sort it also extends to clothing, makeup etc. As I have said to colleagues at work, who respect my flexibility amongst the dairy and meat eating German majority, I am not trying to be ‘vegan Jesus.’ I am currently aiming at 90% vegan in my food consumption. I have experienced success this way and my body really loves and this shows in the way my clothes fit and the endurance I have in my daily workouts (don’t ask me about weight because I am on a ‘scale fast’ until the end of October!) If we are really honest, all people who identify as Vegan, there is almost no way of knowing that every single thing you eat is free of milk and eggs; a common example here in Germany is bread.

.I love animals and will always stand up against cruelty when I see it. I can see in just in my purchasing habits alone, that 90% vegan makes a big personal contribution against the unsavory practices found in a lot of egg or milk collection for example.

. And the MOST IMPORTANT: when food is made for you, offered with love and good intentions if it isn’t vegan so be it. The ultimate aim of veganism for most people is to minimize harm done to animals through the production of their products, the benefits that fall from for our personal health and the environment are notable too. ..So what I don’t understand is why people are so militant that they turn off others from vegan possibilities. We love animals clearly but not always enough to tolerate and accept one another.

Anyway! Let’s go…

So when most people think of Germany and German food they think of something like this.
LOL at worst some of our grandparents or great grandparents cooked with stuff like this, “Rueckenspeck” or literally “back bacon.” Looks like lard! And indeed my Bavarian grandfather had stories of cooking with this and other scary stuff like eating ‘schmaltz’ or goose fat on bread.









For those of you wondering that is indeed my wonderful boyfriend of nearly a year, Thorsten.

Most people are big meat eaters, especially wursts of all kinds.This is not so foreign to me of course as someone who grew up in Wisconsin but perhaps some of you have not had much of chance to see the wide world of wurst.

…But something seems to be happening here. Veganism is very in at the moment. Check out this display I saw at a popular bookstore chain and it looks like a popular bakery chain and Starbucks are getting into it too:






Sometimes anything Vegan or health oriented can be quite expensive at specialty stores :






However lots of stuff is reasonably priced at normal grocery stories. That of course is all good and for people who cook at home about six days a week and still want a German flair or standard to their cooking there is an amazing array of traditional foods now made vegan or vegetarian. I for one absolutely love vegan salami sticks.



























We are never lacking dairy alternatives here, off the top of my head there are at least five different brands and places to get soy milk, rice milk, coconut, hafer or oat milk. For those of you living in Germany my favourite brand after trying them all is the Vanilla Soy Milk from Rossmann. I also enjoy vegan margarine made from coconut oil when I am baking.





One thing I think is important to note, and I’ll talk more about this in subsequent vegan blogs is that I don’t eat a lot of these meat alternatives per week. Thorsten and I usually buy one and use it as a part of a dish that’s primary focus is fruit and/or vegetables. For example: spaghetti made with fake hackfleisch (ground beef,) or Jambalaya made with vegan smoked salami etc. Well over 90% of my vegan cooking uses fresh and clean ingredients---fruits and vegetables.

I hope you enjoyed this first Vegan blog.
Samantha

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 9/28/2014 4:30PM

    Seems like the four German food groups are bratwurst, sauerkraut, sausage, and beer. What a great place to catalog your vegan experience!

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BECOMESTRONGER 9/28/2014 2:11PM

    I like this. It seems that veganism is growing worldwide. Here in the US the amount of variety of foods has grown so much. In just a few years too. We have Beyond Meat (freaking amazing!) and Gardein and Field Roast for the latest in "meats". Daiya and Teese have some truly amazing cheeses out now too.

It is a time where it has never been easier to avoid consuming animal products.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/28/2014 12:48PM

    thanks samatha i am definately interested in theese blogs as i am thinking more to vegertarian/vegan way.also living in germany like you i find that aspect interesting as well.thanks for shareing and it is great getting to see thorsten.is he also vegan like you or do you still have to convince him. emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 9/28/2014 12:01PM

    I look forward to your vegan blogs from Germany.

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*TRACY* 9/28/2014 11:57AM

    Thanks Samantha, it was interesting to see all of the vegan products. I was vegan for a number of years, but there wasn't as many alternatives available at the time. I hope that you enjoy your journey!

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Celebrating on year in Germany!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello everyone,

I don't do too many Facebook statuses, yet, here is the one I've made for this very special day:

"Today September 15th marks a year! And I hope the celebratory fortune cookie message I got comes to fruition in the next: “Sie werden häuslichen Frieden, finanzielle Sicherheit und gute Gesundheit genießen.” My first year in Germany has been nothing like what I anticipated. I experienced a great deal of loss, disillusionment and uncertainty in addition to those bright spots of friendship, love and now optimism for the future. ..But I couldn’t have managed get this far without you Manuela and Thorsten .
— in Germany." emoticon

And THANK YOU too Spark friends, if you've read previous blogs you know exactly what I am talking about.

Bless you,

Samantha

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 9/16/2014 2:47PM

    Congratulations!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/15/2014 2:59PM

    wow samatha that year has gone quick and i am still waiting for your fest netz nummer so i can give you a ring as i have a flat rate for fest netz in germany.glad things are beginning to look up for you after your first rough start overhere.keep on keeping on.take care and keep smiling emoticon emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 9/15/2014 2:37PM

    I hope your time in Germany improves.on your days off,see the sites,meet people and try new foods.Years from now you will remember the good times and forget the bad part of working in Germany. Good luck emoticon

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'Kinder Krank' and my Experience with the German Medical System.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello everyone,

I keep meaning to do an update to that very intense blog entry I did two months ago----and I will I am busy (even when sick) but here are two tidbits for those of you who are wondering:

The boss, who many of you rightly (but sadly) called a 'lunatic' is gone. She came down with a thyroid related condition, which could also explain the insane behaviour, and resigned after being sick for over six weeks. Our new boss is a nice lady who has inherited a difficult situation. Things are easier but still rocky.

When all was said and done we lost two kindergarten teachers, one therapist and our boss---all in the span since I started since February. I feel like a survivor.

Some of you might remember in October of last year the week of my 30th birthday and about a month after I came to Germany I came down with a lung infection. Painful but hardly a surprise this came after suffering in silence for weeks with a sore throat, congestion, insomnia, anxiety and being surrounded by sick children with 'scary' noses day in and day out.

What can be a troublesome cold for most turns into a lung battle royale for me. I call this lovingly 'kinder krank.'

About three weeks ago I felt that familiar congested feeling in my throat. After sleepless Sunday night I went to work thinking I was just tired and could tough it out. That afternoon I was told to go to the doctor because apparently I was even paler than usual and I thought it could be true because I just felt an nondescript awful. Later that night: throat pain, anxiety, congestion----I made an appointment the next day for my 'Haus Artzt' or GP.

My experience with German doctors has not been very impressive. The wait can be hours long, the appointments last less than 15 minutes---it seems that they are little more than a sick note writing service sometimes and as for having a good bedside manner I have been really disappointed. But---I had to go.

'Disappointment' could not exact how angry and ignored I felt leaving that appointment. I waited two hours to basically be shoo-ed away after the doctor listened to my lungs and checked my glands. Did he ask a family history? Take my blood pressure or temperature? Did he ask if I had had respiratory infections or problems before? NO, NO, NO. As if he couldn't be bothered and had no more time for me he wrote me off sick for a week and told me to go take Ibuprofen!

I told him that I was in serious pain, that I had a lung infection less than a year ago, walking pneamonia twice as a teen and was born three months premature. I was told I had a bit of Laryngitis and it would go away.

This was my second time with this doctor and the last. My boyfriend and I made an appointment with a throat, ears and nose specialist the next day. That appointment last thirty so minutes with very thorough checks of my throat, nose and lung condition(s) and wouldn't you know----I was confirmed with a lung infection and prescribed 1000 mg of antibiotics three times a day. I was told because I work at a kindergarten I was not to return for at least a week and that the pain I felt after doing seemingly normal stuff like light cardio workouts, walking and congestion waking up was REAL.

In the span of two weeks three other adults have come down sick. The staff to kinder ratio is low and for those of you have read about my kita that's a desperate situation. I saw this all coming weeks ago and I am not sorry---instead of having the courage to say NO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME to parents who see us as babysitters; children who were clearly not feeling well and contagious were allowed to come in and their siblings too!

I was supposed to come in today but after still having discomfort after working out and in the mornings when I awake I decided to get a final clear from the specialist. This resolve was strengthened when I found out this morning the leader of my room---a person who is also into his fitness and really stubborn---is now out sick. Anyone surprised?

I also have four days, three times a day dosage, of antibiotics left and I am confused if I should take them or not, am I still at risk of illness or not? Is it safe for me to return to the children even though I feel 95% better?

Well, in classic my kindergarten fashion I called them this morning early and said I wanted final clearance from my doctor and they were MAD at me! Upset of course because they physically need me there to babysit the kids and let's face it I have not found caring or empathy to be a strength of most people for the last year I've spent in Germany.

I understand their feelings from a work perspective I do--- but what from a personal health perspective? I feel like I am making the wisest all around choice considering the health of my work environment and my own health history and susceptibility. What the hell good am I going do do the kids if I come back for a day and feel like scheisse a few days later? What if the lung stress I feel after an hour walk is not a lingering last little thing? What if I should stop taking the antibiotics, what if I should lower the dosage?

What would you do if you were me? Am I being too sensitive?

I know this blog probably seems like a rant and it is a little---but I am sure most of you can relate to the frustrations I am letting go of here. Teachers what do you think? Fewer can relate to the fallacies of German work and medical environments. There are good things: I pay a lot in taxes (about 45% of my salary) and much of that is towards national healthcare. I am sure those of you on the more conservative side of things in the USA (I might be a big ole Socialist to you :P ) are rolling your eyes----but at least now I feel like I am getting my money's worth. Seeing a doctor let alone a specialist would be unthinkable for me in the USA, I will say this though I have yet to find a doctor here with even half of of the caring attitude that I was accustomed to in the US. That's regrettable.

I am interested to hear your thoughts on the matter. A bigger update coming within the month, probably on my 1 year Germany Anniversary the second week of September.

Sincerely,

Samantha

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 8/31/2014 4:06PM

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I'm glad you found a doctor who was able to diagnose your lung infection. Americans complain about the cost of healthcare, but the fact is, we do have access to an excellent healthcare system. anyway... with regards to your work situation.

The way you're being treated is not unique to Germany. I've worked for companies here that said if an employee was out sick for too many days, they could be let go. If you had to be out for multiple days, you needed to prove why you were out. Also, here in the US, many companies no longer provide sick days to their employees. If you get sick and stay home, you don't get paid. If you're trying to keep a family afloat, it means if you get sick, you may have to tough it out and go to work just so that you won't lose that day's pay.

That is becoming a very common scenario. very few companies give their employees so many sick days that they can be out for longer than a week. When I was working contract, I didn't get paid for taking a sick day. So, yes, there were times when I had to drag my coughing self into work because I didn't want to lose a day.

Your school is short handed, so every day you're out means more stress for the teachers who have to cover for those who aren't there. And it stinks. Look at how many companies in the US have laid off workers. It means those that didn't get laid off are expected to do extra work without extra compensation.

Keep taking your anti-biotics and get well soon !! Yes, it's tough to work in a kindergarten because you are prone to catching all sorts of germs. So, make sure you wash your hand regularly.




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RONNIEHUEY 8/28/2014 11:40AM

    emoticon Good luck!

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CAROLCRC 8/28/2014 8:10AM

    Finish the antibiotics!!! Otherwise the bugs just come back stronger and become antibiotic-resistant.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/28/2014 6:49AM

    hi samatha love sorry you are having such problems finding a sympathetic and good gp.i am lucky i have a very good gp here in germany and have been with her since i first came here in 1996.though most of my dr´s and specialist have been very good here i know loads who keep changeing their dr´s while they haven´t found the right one yet.i also remember having problems with my gynochologist here and have chenge sevreral time.that is the one thing here you can easily change dr´s when you want.sorry you have been ill but i do know you must finish the whole course of the anti biotics to make them work.if i get a chest infection i am like you and usually 3-4-courses of antibiotics.re going back to work that is the normal course here and i think in most countries if you no longer have fever etc.but it is always best to get the all clear first so you are right there.will you be able to make an appointment today?.let us know how it goes.if you remember when you were moving here i did warn you what it was like in the kinder gartens here with staff turn over and lack of staff etc.it also surprized me when i first took the kids to kinder garten here.anyway hang in there love and keep on keeping on.tell us morte about your boyfriend ,lol.know i am thinking of you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATSYB7 8/28/2014 5:42AM

    I'm not a doctor but I think you're supposed to finish the antibiotic. Good luck and feel better!

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I need to get this off my shoulders.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Hello Everyone,

I have been gone for a while, after my work visa came through I began working---like crazy---and haven’t had time for much else.

However, I am finding it harder and harder to cope with my work environment and co-workers and need advice or if nothing else empathy.

I work at a kindergarten which should naturally be a supportive and kind workplace but it is nothing but. I didn’t know this until two months of working there but my organization has had about 29 members of staff leave in the last five years. In the almost five months I have been working there three staff members have left, one of which had a clear personal conflict with the boss and was in tears nearly every day of her last week. I have had the unfortunate experience of walking in on another colleague crying in a staff room.

Quality management has been at our location for around a month but seem to be completely oblivious to what the real problem is: gossip, constant one up-man-ship, the often deliberate withholding or refusal of information/training, harassment, lies and an emotionally unstable supervisor.

I am perhaps in the worst spot. I am relatively new and despite my proactive attitude, submitted work and good repoire with the children and their parents am largely regarded by my all but two colleagues (9 total two foreign and one male) as the ‘dumb American.’ I am constantly being called out for petty things such as using the wrong kind of plate for breakfast, my accent, not being ‘quick enough’ or being ‘too observant.’ If I try to express an idea or opinion at a meeting I am rudely cut off by the boss. During a time when it was thought I had gone outside to work, I even heard a group of colleagues including the boss gossiping about me and how ‘stupid’ they think I am. When my colleagues think I have done something wrong they never confront me about it but rather go straight to the boss. I believe they resent me for being non-German and being in a role that is very hard to fill by a German.

I myself have experienced a tremendous amount of sadness, stress and isolation and do my very best to cry away from work. My boss appears to have severe emotional issues and takes her anger out on everyone but especially me. She seems to have limited social skills and cannot even do “small talk.” She never smiles and looks constantly like she might have a breakdown. She has told me that I have ‘done nothing’ good so far. She makes promises (e.g for classroom supplies) and weeks later takes them back---four weeks ago she had an outburst at me in front of a new colleague when I called her out on this. WhiIe would not describe her as a physically aggressive person she even slapped my hand out of the way a few weeks ago when I was apparently in her way.


I have tried to talk to quality management about the struggles I have observed, felt and the gossip I heard but instead of listening they seem to insist that I refuse to ‘adapt to the German way.’ Every time I tried to explain an idea it was met with the sentence: “This is Deutschland!” I have been told to always ask questions but when I do I am met with “You should already know that!” There seems to be an expectation that I should be a mind reader…and obsessive compulsive.

If this wasn’t enough, we have frequent staff absences and others enwrapped in their own self important meetings---so I am left alone with the children. The environment becomes nothing more than maintenance and of course if there are any behaviour management issues it automatically becomes my fault.

I am sure most people reading this would think I am crazy for wanting to keep my job. The sad thing is I need to financially, I just began at the beginning of the year. I also went through the hell of waiting two months for my work visa and I am not sure if I could deal with this again. I am not sure how much more I can take of this bullying, it’s making me ill with toothaches, some weight gain (I workout a lot) and lack of sleep. I no longer look forward to work despite the lovely kids because no one can be certain about the emotional state the supervisor or colleagues.

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 6/2/2014 5:22PM

    I am so sorry you are in such an abusive situation. Please do everything you can to leave, no matter how many steps are involved. It will be worth it.

While you are still there, please do your best to use this toxicity to practice better boundaries.

Please try to do things in a different way if you want a different result.

You can say as each situation arises: Do not slap my hand, it is inappropriate to touch me. Do not gossip about me, it is inappropriate to speak about me that way. Do not call me stupid, it is inappropriate to speak about me that way.

When they tell you to adapt to the German way, you can tell them that didn't work out very well for the Jews, did it?

Wishing you relief, no matter what you do.

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PATSYB7 6/2/2014 5:57AM

    Gossip is the worst! And the fact that you overheard it--ugh. Hang in there and take good care of you. That will give you the energy to "fight" this nonsense. Bullies like a weak target.
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KYLIECAT1 6/1/2014 10:17PM

    Sam I feel so sorry for you and I know what your going through ! But the shoe was on the other foot for me , I am a supervisor for foreign help here in the USA . Although some of the group were fantastic workers others seemed to just want to cause trouble and not follow the rules of the work place, They certainly didn't follow my directives ! lol
I could try to give you some advice but I dont know if its pertains to your situation. Office gossip is horrible and should be avoided at all costs even if someone seems friendly.
Ask for detailed list of rules for the job description. We give these out and even give them a cheat sheet in case they have difficulty understanding the main handbook, but even the cheat sheets didnt help . My best advice is to be yourself , continue to work hard . avoid saying things like this is not in my culture , or we dont do things this way in my country , thats the kiss of death phrase , Try getting some advice on how to deal with this problem from nonwork related German friends . They will be your best alley to deal with this situation. Remember also if your new they might be very leery of you , remembering past incidences with other workers. but the biggest advice is keep a smile on your face , Good luck !

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SUSIEPH1 6/1/2014 8:09PM

    Sam dear.
I think I would be looking for another position immediately .. This is a toxic environment and will cause you nothing but anxiety and pain .. You will be the scapegoat if anything violent happens, as you are a foreigner ..
Please reconsider trying to make this toxic environment better .. It will not happen ...
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PATTYKLAVER 6/1/2014 4:49PM

    Financially, you may need the money, but, in the long run, the toll it's taking on your health just isn't worth it. And, the kicker for me was when you mentioned that others have left you alone with the children. THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR THE CHILDREN AND IS ILLEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES. If one got hurt and/or you had to attend to a child, who is there to watch the rest. What if someone crazy comes in the building? It sounds that, with the mentality that they have, if something were to happen, you would be held liable. You would be fired, sued, thrown in jail, or any number of things. Please consider something else.

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TRAVELGO 6/1/2014 4:30PM

  So sorry you're in such a mess. Good luck to you.

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LINDA7668 6/1/2014 4:20PM

    I wish I had some great advice for you. It sounds like a very toxic environment to be in. Try not to let them bring you down. I hope things improve or you can find a new job. emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/1/2014 4:14PM

    You're not alone. I know several people in similar situations. It is easy to say quit if only for the sake of your own mental and physical health. But when there are bills to be paid and no other jobs that will hire you for the time being, you have to grin and bear it. Do as the British and maintain that stiff upper lip.

First off, you have to be aware that YOU are not the problem. The problem is the lunatic boss that no one wants to fire. Until she is gone, everyone else is going to be miserable. I seriously doubt that this is the German way. The Germans are noted for efficiency. There is nothing efficient about this kindergarten.

Since you can't quit your job, you have to find better ways to cope with the work stress. You also have to find a way to disassociate yourself from the work. You already have a good relationship with the students and their parents. That's a plus in your favor.

How to improve your relationship with your co-workers ? The fact is, you're always going to be the outsider. You can't change how people treat you. You can only change how you react to them. So, if you allow their petty behavior to get under your skin, it will. If this were the US, I would tell you to stand up for yourself. But since you have already done that, then... you have to turn the other cheek. If they are going to be petty, then ignore their comments to the best of your ability. I know it hurts, but you have to remember, you're just an easy target for them. From what you've said, they target everyone. It's not you.

That's why you can't take anything that happens personally. You have to distance yourself from the job and your life away from work. When things get rough, you need to find that happy place where you can go and no one can bother you.

Be professional. Always be professional. And make sure your finances and paperwork are in order just in case the school does let you go. They do sound that petty and vindictive.

I would also cultivate your friendships with the teachers who do like and respect you. Support each other. It's better to have one good friend you trust than a bunch of acquaintances.

The point is that you do what you have to do to cope until you either have a bit more time under your belt or a better job lined up. It does sound like no one really wants to work at this kindergarten. That's a shame.

Hang in there as best you can.



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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/1/2014 4:13PM

    hi love sorry you are going through all this but i did try to warn you what it is like to work in the kindergartens over here.i have never seen an other country that has such a quick turnover of staff,shortage of staff,staff being always ill etc as here.i think it has alot to do that they are all run by differant ,individual groups or peole than by a school or edicational board and the kindergarten vertager/board of the individual boards have all differant criteria and funding is also always a problem.have you ever though of try ing to work in the amarican or english run schools or working for the helen doran fanchiese as they are pretty popular over here.just a thought.the only other thing i can think of is try and kkeep out of the kindergarten politic as much as possible and try and build up a bigger personal crise out of work.there will be loads of english german association or clubs you can maybe check out or see if you can get friendly with a local nanny group for english speaking.once you have a more personal life and can socialise more the work atmosphere might not seem so bad.that is what i did when i first came over here.if you ever want to talk spark mail me with your fest netz number as we have a flat rate for that so it wont cost me anything and say when is the best time to phone you.know i am here for you should you need me.take care and keep smiling emoticon

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