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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter T

by Corey
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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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General Multilingualism

QUIZ: What Type of Multilingual Parent Are You?

by Corey
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By Alice Lapuerta Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine What type of multilingual parent do you think you are? Take our quiz and find out. Make sure to answer honestly! You might be surprised at the results. Not happy with the results? Don’t take them too seriously! This quiz is just for fun. However, it […]

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Expert Advice

Why Making Friends with the F-Word Is the Answer to Multilingual Parenting

by Corey
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Been letting the “F” word take over again? It always seems to creep up when we least expect it, when we are feeling our best, feeling our strongest. Your kids tell you they don’t want to use your language anymore and wham, the “F” word raises its ugly head. Your neighbor tells you a story […]

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Expert Advice

Who Says You Can’t Raise Your Children Bilingually?

by Corey
Multilingual Children You Can Do It!

By Corey Heller You can raise your children bilingually. Let me repeat… You can raise your children bilingually. I know this comes as a surprise to many people, especially those who feel they couldn’t master another language if their life depended upon it, let alone share the language with their children.  But not only can […]

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Expert Advice

The #1 Language Ingredient For Raising Multilingual Children

by Corey
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As parents of multilingual children, we are often plagued by a myriad of concerns, especially when it comes to our multilingual children speaking.  We wonder if our children’s speech delay has anything to do with us raising them multilingually.  We worry about our multilingual children mixing their languages.  We fret when our children all of […]

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Expert Advice

Multilingual Envy – It Happens To the Best of Us

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo credit: istockphoto The kids and I are walking down the sidewalk when we see a bunch of people standing outside the library waiting for it to open.  Kids are jumping on rocks and meandering through small bushes, adults sit on the benches reading books and chatting in the sunshine. What a […]

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Expert Advice

Does Bilingualism Make Us Better Parents?

by Corey
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It seems that when parents start families knowing that they will  be adding on the challenge of additional languages, they also start to pay more attention to other aspects of parenting. For example, when dad agrees to use his native language with his children, even though it’s different from the community language and the language […]

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Families

Non-Native Speakers Can Raise Multilingual Children!

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Article first appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. Emma is French and lives in France with her Russian husband and two children.  “My husband and I both speak Russian to our daughters even though it isn’t my native language,” she says.  “Sometimes I wonder if it is the right thing to do because […]

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Families

My Son’s Name is Ivan

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What happens when your relatives don’t share your multicultural journey? By Dinka Souzek Congratulations on your baby boy!”  my cousin wrote, “We especially love the name. I know it’s not really our business, but we still wanted to say how much we liked it.” The sharing of unsolicited opinions about the name of a new […]

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Getting Started

Why, What, Who, When, Where?

by Corey
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When it comes to raising multilingual children, this is the place to start!  These are the most important questions to ask yourself and your spouse before you even start your multilingual parenting journey! By Corey Heller Perhaps you are just now making the decision to raise your children bilingually or maybe you are already well […]

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Language Tips

Renew Your Resolve in Raising Your Multilingual Children!

by Corey

During our multilingual parenting journey there are times when we need some big doses of encouragement.  It could come from just feeling burnt out with parenting all together, let alone adding in multilingualism.  It could come when our children go off to school and magically stop speaking our language in a matter of days. Whatever […]

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Language Tips

Your Multilingual Child Only Wants Books in One Language?

by Corey

Frustrated with your multilingual children always choosing books in the majority language?  It can drive a parent into frustration! What should you do when your multilingual child wants you to read a book in the majority language?  There are very few parents who aren’t confronted with this situation at some point along their multilingual parenting […]

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