Better have another kid so we can get more free money! Seriously though, this helps us out alot. Mayzie's kindergarten is 100 euro a month (including lunch everyday) so a little extra cash is nice.
Here is a great article about how Germany is softening the blow of the economic crisis on it's citizens with built in aid for all...pretty cool stuff. They talk about the kurzarbeit, which is the shorterm working pay that I am on now....:
and while I am at it, if you have time and want to know why the Netherlands kicks so much ass and makes for the happiest people in the world (and the most free, in my opinion)...where it's ok to get taxed alot, because you know you will be taken care of in ill health and when you are old....check this out.