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General Multilingualism

Why Children of Immigrants Need to Learn Heritage Language(s)

by Corey
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Growing up as the child of immigrants: parents struggle to assimilate into their new home, their children long to know where they belong. How does language come into play? Where does culture fit in? Why do so many immigrant parents choose to speak the community language with their children rather than sticking with their native […]

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Celebrations

Happy (Multilingual) Mother’s Day!

by Corey
"Happy Mother's Day, Mama!" Photo of my children taken by my sweet husband for Mother's Day.

May your Mother’s Day be filled with many languages, many cultures, great food, excellent conversation, fantastic fun and every kind of home-made comfort. No matter where you live in the world, may today and every day be a Multilingual Mother’s Day (with your children babbling away in your language(s), of course)!

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What Is the Best Language Approach for Bilingual Parents to Use with Their Children?

by Madalena
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Dear Madalena, My husband and I both speak English but I am bilingual and speak German as well.  I would like to teach my son German, he is 19 months old.  What is the best way for me to do this?  I have been thinking of speaking German with him every morning and then English […]

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Families

The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter K

by Corey
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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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Why Don’t My Bilingual Children Care? Blame the Daycare Lady!

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Over and over again I hear parents of multilingual children around the world sigh in frustration when they talk about their efforts. Day in and day out, week after week, year after year we do what we can to raise our children multilingually and multiculturally but it feels like we are having […]

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The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter B

by Corey
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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 […]

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The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter A

by Corey
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A is for ASK Questions! Find reliable experts and supportive families and ask as many questions as you can. You need to be as prepared as possible so get into the habit of asking other bilingual and multilingual families what is and is not working for them.

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Growing Up Bilingual: Adolescence and Fitting In

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By Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert Being bilingual and a teenager can be challenging, for both parents and children. Adolescence is a period of change, all about finding an identity and fitting in with a group of friends. How do teenagers juggle speaking two languages and belonging to two nationalities or cultures? We know a great deal about […]

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Families

Motherless in Seattle

by Corey
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Today I would like to honor my mother, Sharon Kathleen Spellman, with this post.  It is the two year anniversary of her passing after her long, painful struggle with breast cancer.  I love you, mom! This post goes out to all of our mothers, especially those living apart from us in other countries and continents […]

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Families

Passing the Bilingual Blame, Or: That’s Not My Poop!

by Corey
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By Corey Heller I am exercising in my husband’s office (the home of my beloved elliptical trainer) while my son Patrick bounces endlessly below me on a mattress left over from a recent family visit. A box of my husband’s Physics papers falls from the mattress to the floor. Oooops! My son looks at it […]

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My Parents Treat My Adopted, Mixed-Race Son Differently

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Dear Harriet, We are a mixed race couple with an adopted mixed race four year old son. I can see my parents showing preferential treatment towards my sisters’ children who are not mixed race and are not adopted. I thought my parents were more fair minded. I am very hurt and angry. How shall I handle this?

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Families

I Before Me

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By Richard Middleton Photo Credit © Shannon McClendon The devil, as they say, is in the details. My two-year-old son, Karl, stands before me, arms up-stretched. “I pick you up and hold you,” he says. This does not mean what it seems to mean, he doesn’t want to scoop Daddy up in his arms. He […]

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