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10 things parents of bilingual children do differently

10 things parents of bilingual children do differently

As parents we want to do what’s best for our children – this affects how we behave in our everyday lives when it comes to choice of anything from food and clothing to school and the place we live in. In addition, parents of bilingual children have one more aspect to take into consideration: the […]

Bilingual children: how to boost language skills during holidays

Bilingual children: how to boost language skills during holidays

This is the time of the year when our social media feeds get filled with pictures of families holidaying – either on a relaxing staycation in their own home or out and about in the country or abroad. Whatever way you decide to spend your family holidays, it is always a great opportunity for bilingual […]

Multilingual families – a force for good in a world less united

Multilingual families – a force for good in a world less united

We live in a world where those who try to create divisions between people of different countries, creeds and cultures are getting more and more vocal and who try to disrupt the stability in way that leads to discrimination, abuse, displacement of families, fear and even to devastating loss of lives. As a parent and […]

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

Question Hello! I would love to get some advice from someone in the same situation because it has been a little bit messy at home. We have a one-year-old, we live in Ireland but his daddy is Turkish and I’m Spanish. I speak with him in Spanish, his daddy speaks with him in Turkish and […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 18

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 18

Another week and another challenge in the lives of our fictional bilingual, pregnant mother, her hubby, 6-year-old son S and 3-year-old daughter D. Monday Finally we have summer and we can spend more time outside! S is off school and D is now home with me full time. Today we went to the playground in […]

Raising a bilingual child in Spanish and English, a non-native language [guest post]

Raising a bilingual child in Spanish and English, a non-native language [guest post]

It is with joy I welcome today’s guest poster, Diana Sampedro, a Spanish mother and language English-teacher who is raising her daughter to become bilingual in Spanish and English, which is not Diane’s native langauge. She has written a book about her experience, giving advice to other parents who want to follow her example and pass […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 17

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 17

Follow the joys and challenges of our fictional bilingual mother and her multilingual family with hubby, 6-year-old son S and 3-year-old daughter D. Monday Only three months to go and we will be a family of five – I am so happy we went for a bigger house when we moved, otherwise we would be […]

Multilingual Family with Italian and Dutch in Luxembourg

Multilingual Family with Italian and Dutch in Luxembourg

I am delighted to introduce you to another multilingual family: Giovanna’s lovely family from Luxembourg. Giovanna is Italian by birth and her husband is Flemish (Belgian from the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). They have two children (nine and ten years old) who were born in Luxembourg and are growing up as balanced bilinguals in Dutch […]

Multilingual families – why a child might grow up monolingual

Multilingual families – why a child might grow up monolingual

I love the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” – for the purpose of the topic at hand, I would like to expand it to “It takes two villages to raise a bilingual child”. This is of course not strictly true, but it does describe the need for extra resources and […]

Motivating a bilingual child: Pricken the Swedish-speaking kitten

Motivating a bilingual child: Pricken the Swedish-speaking kitten

  “How to motivate my child to speak the minority language?” is one of the most frequently asked questions to our panel of Family Language Coaches. This challenge will also be the topic of the up-coming Raising Multilingual Children blogging carnival, which I will host here next week. Motivating a child to speak the minority […]