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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

What Real Men Do

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They play beauty salon and wear barrettes. (A pic of my husband and daughter from this weekend that makes me smile.)

© 2012, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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  1. CommentsI-Ju   |  Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 10:47 pm

    After seeing your “What Real Men Do” photo, I just had to share the following image, which I took in July last year.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/islai/7786406270/
    I took a video, so I did a screenshot to make it a jpg. It’s amazing that the poses of our photos are so similar.

  2. CommentsThe Editors   |  Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Just checked out your photo- love it! So sweet. And they are pretty similar! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope more people shares theirs too!

  3. CommentsKim at Mama Mzungu   |  Wednesday, 15 August 2012 at 12:50 am

    I Love this!! Makes me wish I had girls so that I could “test” my own husbands manhood. ; ) What a terrific photo!

  4. CommentsMud Hut Mama   |  Wednesday, 15 August 2012 at 5:50 am

    Beautiful photo – I love it!

  5. CommentsFranck   |  Wednesday, 29 August 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Great picture. As a father myself,I would be interested in some of the tips your husband has to raise kids bilingually. Some of the things that he does to make it fun for your children to learn Arabic. Maybe you already wrote a post about it?

  6. CommentsThe Editors   |  Wednesday, 29 August 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Frank-thanks! (I also think I owe you an email from some time ago!) That would make a good post- I should write one…Arabic is definitely one we work hard for in the house, especially him, and the kids do not speak it fluently. We work at it though as it’s important to us both. And they do have 100% passive comprehension. The number one activity him and the kids do together is listen to Arabic music and TONS of it. They also play instruments while listening to music (kids tap on a drum or shake a tambourine) and sometimes dance. Music is a daily part of their routine (they listen to a few songs after books and before lights out; they also might listen to some music earlier in the day too depending on if there’s time) and as a result, the kids can sing a lot of songs in Arabic. I think it also helps their own attachment to the language and culture as its music they really love. He uses an ipad apps for writing Arabic. I thought it was cute that last weekend, the kids had a non-Arabic speaking friend over and they pulled up the ipad app to show her Arabic writing. The three of them practiced together. My husband and I always thought him speaking Arabic to them from birth would make our kids Arabic speakers, but we underestimated that one! I did write an article on that though if it helps: http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/06/how-bilingualism-can-fail-in-multilingual-families/

  7. CommentsFranck   |  Thursday, 30 August 2012 at 3:45 am

    Thank you! I like the idea of playing an instrument. I believe that singing and playing an instrument at the same time reinforces learning the lyrics. I will try that one at home!









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