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Grandparents as language support for bilingual children

Grandparents as language support for bilingual children

As parents raising bilingual children we know how important it is to give our kids as varied an exposure to their languages as possible. This becomes even more crucial if we are passing on a minority language. Building a network of people who can support us in this task is important and a good and […]

Q&A: How to combine OPOL and the needs of an extended multilingual family?

Q&A: How to combine OPOL and the needs of an extended multilingual family?

Question Hello, I’m very glad I found the article about the 2 parents, 2 languages (2P2L) family language strategy as it touches on some questions that have been bugging me ever since my daughter (18mths) was born. My husband (Spanish) and I (bilingual English/German) live in Brussels and so far, we’ve been using a fairly […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 20 (penned by daddy)

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 20 (penned by daddy)

  Fantastic news from the father of our fictional multilingual family, who are living the very real highs and lows of millions of bilingual mothers, fathers and children across the world.  They welcome the latest addition to their family on what is the last page from the diary for now. Don’t despair, though, there will […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 19

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 19

Extremely excited and somewhat worried – our bilingual mother’s feelings summed up this week. Real emotions in a fictional setting. Monday Anytime within the next two or three weeks our family member count will go up by one more son or daughter! We don’t know the gender and the predictions are 50/50. S wishes he […]

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 […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

Snapshots from the everyday life of our (growing) fictional multilingual family, written by a bilingual mother. Monday Feeling a lot better, no morning sickness anymore but still extremely tired, just like with the previous two. I fall asleep on the sofa most evenings and I am so happy that hubby has taken over most of […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 13

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 13

New joys and challenges in our multilingual family – 100% fiction but oh, so true! Monday How do full-time working mothers do it!? As much as I enjoy being back to work and using the academic side of my brain again, I have also realised that taking on a part-time job affects my life not […]

Being the grandparent of a bilingual child

Being the grandparent of a bilingual child

If you have followed my public posts on my private Facebook page, you might have noticed that grandparenthood is a very current topic for me right now – I am eagerly looking forward to welcoming the first grandchild to our family. I could compare the feeling to all the childhood Christmases coming at once! Apart […]

Bilingual children and long-distance family relationships

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, […]