"I don’t remember how I discovered Adam Beck’s book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability. What I vividly remember, though, a few pages into the book, is the feeling that I was holding a gold nugget. It was the book I had been searching for for a long time. Previous books or information on raising bilingual children that I had found were too academic to be truly helpful on a day-to-day basis. My oldest child was 5 and I was really struggling with our bilingual journey. I needed real-life advice, not a lecture on the latest discoveries on brain development (fascinating, but it had led me nowhere). Alongside great tips to apply every day, the book is a source of enthusiasm and perseverance, which in my opinion is the reason why Adam’s work differentiates itself from the rest of the literature on the topic. I recommend it to anyone who wants to raise their child bilingual. Half of the work in raising bilingual children is to keep going no matter what. On days where the motivation or energy dwindles, I open the book and recharge. The best way I could describe it is a down-to-earth, fun, invigorating guide full of optimism that will leave you feeling like you can move mountains (or teach your kid to write in the minority language!). Another way I can recharge when I feel down is by being part of The Bilingual Zoo community, a lively forum filled with parents who share their successes and setbacks. Even though bilingualism is widespread in the world, we can quickly feel isolated and alone in our journey without a support group. I didn’t think an online support group would be much help, but I was absolutely wrong. I have learned so much from other members. By publishing his book and setting up The Bilingual Zoo forum, Adam Beck has had such an impact on my family life. Raising bilingual children had become a source of constant frustration, and I didn’t want to continue down that path. At the same time, I wasn’t ready to give up on my goal or even lower my expectations. Now, the spark of joy is back. And when bad days happen, well, they come and go but I don’t let them bring me down. Thanks for everything you do for families around the world, Adam! Your work matters!"