Hi, I am Rita Rosenback, the author of “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” and the blogger on this site. Children and languages are my passion, and I have written my book for parents and carers in families with more than one language. It is an easy-to-read guide with practical advice for parents raising bilingual children. The book’s subtitle “Navigating the seven Cs of multilingual parenting: Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Culture and Celebration” lists the core components of successfully passing on a family language to the next generation. In addition to the down-to-earth hints and tips I also tell you about my family’s journey and how my daughters acquired their languages. The Special Edition contains two additional chapters – the first one list ideas on how to engage your child to speak your language and the second is a list of encouraging thoughts for when you need them the most. Buying the Special Edition also gives you access to additional resources on the website.
From the blog
- Why you should happily sing to your bilingual child
- Children learn language best through interaction and dialogue, and singing is a great way of engaging with children long before they can speak. All babies love the voice of their mothers and fathers, so the “I can’t sing!” excuse does not fly. “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk, you can [...]
- Bilingual families: the role of the majority language parent
- The majority language parent plays an extremely vital part when raising bilingual children. Most post on the topic of bringing up kids to speak more than one language are written with the minority language mum or dad in mind – including the ones on my site. This is of course understandable, as without the exposure [...]
- 21 tips throughout a bilingual child’s life
- “Practical ideas on what to do” is the request I often get when I ask my readers what I should write about in my blog – so here are 21 of them to cover the different stages! Before your baby is born 1. Get used to speaking your language with your child as early as [...]
- Dear parents of bilingual children – time to cut some slack!
- Due to the nature of my work, I spend a lot of time on-line: researching, reading blogs and comments, finding articles to feature in my newsletter and looking for experts and parents to share their stories. Inevitably, I spend quite a lot of my on-line time on social media, mainly on Facebook, and in different [...]
- When a bilingual child is diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum – what should parents do? [guest post]
- It is with great joy that I welcome our guest writer for today, Eugene Ryan, a father-of-two and a researcher into bilingualism and autism, with focus on the effects of a multilingual environment on the linguistic and cognitive development of children with ASD. In his own words: “I’m a Londoner of Irish descent, now resident over 15 [...]
- Bilingual children and long-distance family relationships
- Many bilingual children have at least one side of their extended family living fairly far away, often on the “other side of the world”. Visits are possible perhaps only once a year, or even more seldom if at all, so it is essential to find other ways to connect. Maintaining those long-distance relationships to grandparents, [...]
- 12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know
- This post is also available in the following languages (click on the picture to read the post). More translations to follow: 1 – It doesn’t happen by magic Children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are [...]
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- Q&A: My 5-year-old is struggling in all his three languages – what to do?
- Question Hello, I recently found your blog while searching for information about multilingual children. Here’s my story in short: I’m a Romanian married to a Belgian man. Our two kids were born in Romania, where my man lived 12 years. As he learned Romanian himself and never thought he would move back to Belgium, he [...]