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Q&A: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

Q&A: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

  Question Hello, I wonder if you have any recommendations. My daughter is seven and has lived in Italy since she was 8 months old, however she didn’t start going to school till she was 5. At home I (mom) speak to her in English only and everyone else (including dad) speaks to her in […]

5 thoughts to boost the confidence of parents of bilingual children

5 thoughts to boost the confidence of parents of bilingual children

As parents most of us have an ideal picture of what we want our children to be like when they grow up. Some of us are more specific than others with regards to the personality traits and behaviours we wish for our children, but for most of us ‘happy’, ‘honest’ and ‘confident’ feature high on […]

Staying confident when raising a bilingual child

Staying confident when raising a bilingual child

As parents, we often wonder whether we are doing the right thing for our kids. When I read the questions from fathers and mothers of children who grow up with more than one language, it is obvious that the addition of one or more languages to the family’s life contributes to the things to ponder […]

Q&A: Choosing the language for day care and dealing with doubts about bilingualism

Q&A: Choosing the language for day care and dealing with doubts about bilingualism

Question I would like some advice on how to continue the language acquisition process for my son. He is 22 months old. We live in an area which is part Dutch, part French but English is the common language used. Although I have some knowledge in both Dutch and French, my parents chose to send […]

7 worries parents of bilingual children have

7 worries parents of bilingual children have

You have decided to bring up your children to become bilingual so they can reap all the benefits of knowing more than one language. Exciting! You speak to your family and friends about your decision and ask other parents about their experiences. Others may not be as excited as you are and their questions and […]

How parents can stay consistent with their languages

How parents can stay consistent with their languages

Consistency – you have heard it from me and many others: to be in with the best chance of raising a bilingual child, who can confidently speak the family languages, the recommendation for parents is to be consistent with their choice of language. You may have decided that this is the way to go – […]

7 things you should not say to a bilingual child

7 things you should not say to a bilingual child

Children can be sensitive about almost anything to do with themselves – be it their bodies, looks, family, friends, hobbies, the list is endless. Languages are no exception, so adults should be mindful when making comments or even asking questions to do with their languages. 1. “Where do you come from?” This may sound like […]

Minority language parent: how to boost your own language skills

Minority language parent: how to boost your own language skills

In the past few weeks several minority language parents have been in contact with me and their common concern has been: “How do I improve my own language skills, so I can pass on my language to my child?” Typically these parents are second or third generation immigrants who now feel less confident about speaking […]

Thoughts to boost the confidence of parents bringing up bilingual children

Thoughts to boost the confidence of parents bringing up bilingual children

Most parents have an ideal picture of what they want their children to become like when they grow up. Some parents are more specific than others with regards to the personality traits and behaviours they wish for their children, but I’m sure words like ‘happy’, ‘honest’, ‘well-behaved’ and ‘confident’ feature high on the wish-list. The […]

Language and culture - integral parts of a bilingual child's identity

Language and culture – integral parts of a bilingual child’s identity

“… language is paramount for children to become socialized and develop a sense of belonging within cultural settings” This is a quote from an article from a Japanese magazine about the importance of passing on the culture of a language alongside the language itself. You can read the whole article here. I find the article […]