For new parents largely unfamiliar with the terrain of raising bilingual children, the prospect of embarking on this long journey can feel pretty daunting. Where do they begin?
One good place to start would be Bringing up a Bilingual Child by Rita Rosenback, the blogger behind the warm, supportive site Multilingual Parenting. Her insightful, reader-friendly guide, which includes useful exercises and materials for thoughtful planning, can serve as a reliable road map for the new traveler.
Rita, who was born into a bilingual family in Finland and later moved to England, is not only book-smart on the subject, she has successfully raised two multilingual children of her own. This key combination of professional knowledge and personal experience—along with the same passionate and positive outlook she conveys at her blog—has produced a book that offers clear, encouraging guidance on navigating the process of nurturing a bilingual child.
“I want to strengthen your confidence in your own abilities,” writes Rita in the introduction, “by providing you with motivation, ideas, advice and answers to your questions.” I believe her book delivers on this promise and gives inspiration, too, with strong appeals to seize this dream: “If you are a parent and have the opportunity to give your children the gift of communicating in more than one language, please don’t miss this chance of a lifetime.”
While Bringing up a Bilingual Child is intended as a basic primer—so there may not be much that is new for parents already well on their journey—for those just stepping into this unfamiliar territory, Rita Rosenback’s sensible, strategic guide will make a valuable companion for the road ahead.