The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter B

by Corey · 5 comments

B is for BELIEVE in yourself and your abilities!

This is no time to start second guessing your strengths and focusing on your weaknesses. Come up with a plan and see how it goes. If you tell yourself that you can’t do it for any of a number of reasons, then you are setting a path for failure before you have even begun! I believe that you can do it!

  • Believe that if your language mastery isn’t strong enough, that you will have the motivation and ability to find a way to strengthen it.
  • Believe that if your children aren’t as excited about multilingualism and your language(s) as you are, that they will sooner or later.
  • Believe that you will find the support and encouragement you need to stick with it through thick and thin. It may not be there right now but trust that you will find it along the way.
  • Believe that you are your child’s best example of language(s) – better than the latest DVDs, TV programs and iPhone applications (even though everyone is raving about them). Your love, attention, interaction and voice are better than any kind of technology!

We are going through the alphabet one letter at a time, multilingual-style! Join in the fun and add your own ideas, suggestions and tips in the comments below that begin with today’s letter! Check out all of the ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting posts so far!

Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 14, 12 and 10, in German and English.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Margareta February 22, 2011 at 3:51 am

Nice post, it really is all about positive attitudes and impact belief, isn’t it?


2 Melanie February 22, 2011 at 7:51 am

I’m in love with this ABCs idea!! xoxo


3 Maria Babin February 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Absolutely loved this! In raising three multilingual children (4, 7, 9), I have been through my fair share of doubts! But I’ve always pressed forward not willing to give up any of the languages! Maybe it’s a question of personal pride? In any case, last Monday, I asked my children what they would think if I started speaking to them in French and we just forgot about the Spanish and English. Not because I was really thinking about it but because I wanted to see their reaction. They all shouted out NO!!!!!!! We love speaking three languages! And that was enough for me! I was a very happy multilingual mom! And it goes to show, keep at it, believe in yourself!


4 Gretha March 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Books…………… lots and lots of books.
To read from to your Child, to read with your child
in the hope that he will read to you to one day.


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