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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter T

by Corey
Letter_T

T is for… Time! When it comes to raising children multilingually, there are actually very few absolute rules for how to go about it. However, there is one element that is key: time! Unless your children are exposed to the language(s) a lot, they are not going to have a chance to become multilingual. Time […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter S

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Letter_S

S is for…  Stories As we all know, there is nothing more captivating than a good story! Adventure and mystery, romance and poetry – a tale told well will captivate even the most stubborn of audiences. Who can resist? When is the last time you told your children a good story in your language? Or […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter R

by Corey
Letter_R

R is for… Read, Read, Read! We are hitting the letter R just in time for our series of posts on biliteracy! How perfect! When it comes to multilingual parenting, the key is to incorporate reading every way you can. Here are some examples that can make all the difference in your multilingual household: Make […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter Q

by Corey
Multilingual Parenting ABCs - The Letter Q

Q is for… Question Everyone and Everything! At first glance this sounds like a daunting task. How can we question everyone and everything? Who has time for something like that? We should be living multilingually every second that we can, not wasting it on questionnaires, right? Plus, why would we want to walk around questioning […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter P

by Corey
Letter_P

P is for… Perseverance! When it comes to multilingual parenting, perseverance shouldn’t be about sticking with something that we dislike. It has nothing to do with an overarching work ethic that has been placed on our shoulders. It is also not about inflexibility. It is not about making everyone tow your line no matter what. […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter O

by Corey
Letter_O

O is for… Orientation. Raising multilingual children is a journey. It’s nothing short of an amazing language adventure. As with any adventure, it is helpful to at least know in which direction we are headed: north, south, east or west. Is it over the mountains or through the plains? By boat or airline or foot… […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter N

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Letter_N

N is for… Negotiate! You’re right. I’m right. We’re both right, right? Now what? Looks like it’s time to call in our good old friend Negotiation. When it comes to multilingual parenting, the “elephant in the room” (i.e. the thing that is obvious but rarely acknowledged and addressed) is that there are more people involved […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter M

by Corey
Letter_M

M is for… Masterminding! They say that children are like language sponges. But is this really true? Do children just sit in a room passively listening to what is around them and pick up everything without lifting a finger? No! Children learn languages as well as they do because they are engaged, involved, curious and […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter L

by Corey
Letter_L

L is for … Laugh, Laugh, Laugh! Sometimes we forget that raising children in more than one language is something to enjoy! If you realize that you aren’t laughing along the way then start today!  The key is to find ways to laugh together about multilingualism rather than turning it into a struggle and conflict. […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter K

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Letter_K

K is for… Keep on going! Do you know the story of The Little Engine that Could? He’s just a little guy, trying to pull his load and there rising before him is a big, massive, long, large, enormous, hulking mountain. Do the tracks go around it? No. Do the tracks go through it via […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter J

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Letter_J

J is for … Just Do It! The water is warm so jump in and go for a multilingual swim! You’ll never know what it is like if you don’t give it a try! The key is to not worry so much right now about the right or wrong ways to raise children multilingually. The […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter I

by Corey
Letter_I

I is for Ignore! There will always be people who say things that will discourage us. Some will do it on purpose, others will do it without realizing it. Some will say what they say out of envy, others out of fear, and others for any of a number of reasons. So what can a […]

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