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
- 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 [...]
- “I can’t stay consistent!” – the challenge of parenting a bilingual child
- I hear you, you are not alone – come closer so I can give you a virtual hug! Not being able to stay consistent in the language use is the most common reply I get when I ask parents what their biggest challenge is when raising bilingual children. So how important is it to stay consistent, [...]
- 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 like [...]
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- Q&A: What to take into consideration when raising a trilingual child?
- Question I would like to ask about trilingualism. I’m Italian, my partner Japanese and we live in NYC where we have a 2-month-old daughter. I speak Italian to her and my wife speaks Japanese. Our common language is English because she knows no Italian and I speak no Japanese. We want to speak our native [...]