It’s time for yet another Multicultural Kid Blogs Telephone! I hope you enjoyed the last one we did on travelling– I had so much fun doing it and now we’ve decided to do another one, this one on raising bilingual and multilingual kids.
The way it works is all participating bloggers (see all of them below) ask a question to the next blogger and then reply to a question from a blogger before them. The last blogger then asks a question to the first blogger.
Please click trough and watch all the videos, it will definitely be a very fun and educational experience!
I’m sorry for the bad quality of my video and my quiet voice. The kids haven’t started school yet which means I’m at home with them, so my time is limited, so I only had one shot at making the video.
I’m very excited about my question which came from Creative World of Varya. She asks: “What are some biggest fears parents of multilingual children face?”
It’s a very good question, and I think parents who are raising their kids with multiple languages have two types of fears, one which has to do with the children and the other had to do with the parents themselves.
I think one of the things parents of multilingual kids worry about is whether speaking so many languages will confuse their children, or cause some kind of language delay. Maybe because the myth of language delay is so prevalent and people still believe it, but probably all parents have heard some variation on “you kid started speaking later because he speaks so many languages”, or even “don’t worry, of course she speaks later she’s multilingual.”
But the truth is that speaking another language is very beneficial to the kids- and adults, and if your child has a language delay (which is still possible because many monolingual children have problems as well) probably is most likely not caused by bilingualism.
I think that from blogs and books about multilingualism you may get the idea that you have to quit your job and focus all your time, efforts and energy on raising your children with multiple languages. You may have read that children need to hear a language 30% of their waking time to be able to speak it, you’re always reminded that you need to work hard on this or your child won’t speak the language.
I don’t know about you, but I tried so hard to adhere to these rules and decided that I’m driving myself crazy. I mean, I’m the daughter of multilingual parents, it’s very normal for us to speak all these languages. Let’s make it normal and natural, like it should be.
Let’s remember, we’re just like any other parents, we simply have more words to describe one thing, and with more ways to celebrate a birthday party.
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Creative World of Varya
Kid World Citizen
All Done Monkey
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La Cité des Vents
Españolita…¡sobre la marcha!
Russian Step by Step
Tales from the Waygook Mama