Today I’d like to follow up on my last post, What to Do When Your Bilingual Child Won’t Speak Your Language, with a concern raised by Aneta Nott-Bower of Bilingual znaczy dwujezyczny, a great blog for Polish speakers who are raising bilingual children. It seems some of her readers are wondering about older children and teens:
This is a key issue—and one I can already sense I’ll be facing in the future with my own kids—but at the moment it’s hard for me to respond to this question personally. It’s true, many of my students have been older children and teens, but I won’t really feel qualified to address this concern—beyond the points I make in the above article—until I experience this myself as a parent.
Because Aneta and I have children of roughly the same age (mine are currently 8 and 6), I told her I would turn to my friendly readers for their thoughts. One of the really wonderful things about blogging on the subject of raising bilingual children is the incredible wealth of experience and insight that come my way from people all over the world through their comments. It’s a feast of food for thought!
So if you’re a parent of older children or teens (now or in the past), we would be grateful for your tips…
- What is (was) it like supporting their minority language at that age?
- What advice would you give to other parents facing this challenge now?
- Any further thoughts for parents of younger children who will have older children and teens before too long?
Remember, the time it takes to share your experience here—even briefly—could be very helpful to other parents for many, many years to come! So please take a moment to leave a comment for us all! Thanks a lot!