Thank you 2014, welcome 2015!

by | Dec 31, 2014 | Blogging, My book | 0 comments

Thank you 2014, welcome 2015


What a fantastic year it has been! There have been so many highlights – here are the main ones:

My book

“Bringing up a Bilingual Child” came out in June and I am so happy and humbled by all the positive response I have had from my readers. The feeling of having been able to help parents on their multilingual family journey makes my heart sing, jump and do somersaults!

Most popular post

Not in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined that my post “12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know” on the basic facts of bringing up a bilingual child would still be going strong almost a year after it was first published! It has hundreds of visitors every day and has so far been read about 300K times. Thanks to the many talented translators in the Multilingual Parenting community, the post is now available in 17 different languages!
Is a language you can and would like to translate into missing? If yes, please do get in touch!

New website, collaborations and events

With the new website in June, additional resources were added – much more to come in 2015! I am so proud to be working together with other coaches via the website and on-line, and extremely thankful for the opportunities to do workshops and talks at events organised by schools as well as local and international organisations.


… so year 2014 will be a hard year to beat, but I am so excited to see what 2015 has in store! Here is a little preview…

International Mother Language Day, Saturday 21.02.2015

Put the date in your diary! Bilingual people and families should celebrate their language skills and there could not be a better day for it than the International Mother Language Day. This is the official day for celebrating linguistic and cultural diversion as declared by the United Nations. Keep your eye out for activities you can do with your family and friends and take part in the build-up which starts on social media and in blogs on the 21st of January! Together we can make the 21st of February a day to look forward to every year. More information to follow…


Why change something that is working well? Wednesday will continue to be the regular blogging day so make sure to visit the site at least once a week to read the latest post.
Is there something you would really love to read about – contact me to let me know which topic you are interested in!

There will be many more entries in the “From the diary of a bilingual mother” series, and at some point during the year I will combine them all into an eBook which I will make available to all readers. Do you have an idea, maybe a something that happened in your family, or a specific challenge or success story you think could be in the diary? Let me know and I will include it in the story line!

Our coaches

Our popular Question and Answer feature will continue to be published every Thursday – you will find replies from Maria, Isabelle, Ute and myself as well as from some new coaches! Do you have a question? – why not send it to us?


Last, but not least…


Yes, I mean YOU, for reading what I write. Without you, the reader, I would not be able to keep going. Thank you for visiting my site, commenting, asking questions, sending suggestions and being part of our magnificent community. You might be on the other side of the world (or very close for all I know), but you have a very special place in my heart, and I appreciate the time you share with me.




Rita is an author, Family Language Coach, blogger and speaker, who was born into a bilingual family on the Swedish-speaking west coast of Finland. After studying languages in Finland and Germany she worked as a university teacher, translator, interpreter and manager of multinational teams. Rita is now a full-time writer and coach and has been living in the U.K. since 1998. Rita is the mother of two grown-up multilingual daughters, who are the inspiration for her book: “Bringing up a Bilingual Child”, an easy-to-read guide for parents, where she navigates the reader across the “Seven Cs of Multilingual Parenting: Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Culture and Celebration”. Currently English and Swedish are Rita’s main languages, but she instantly switches to Finnish or German or to her Finland-Swedish dialect when the opportunity presents itself (and when push comes to shove, she can communicate in a very basic Punjabi). Rita is the creator and driving force of this website, and she gives talks and holds workshops for parents and teachers on the topic of bilingual children. She also coaches families on how to make the most of their languages and raise their children to become confident speakers of the chosen languages.


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