Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
The bombardment of advertising and other images (television, books, lunchboxes, t-shirts, etc.) is amazingly powerful for curious, young minds. When most of the images shown do not represent the way all of our children look, it's important to promote more inclusive images at home to counteract this.
I didn't really pay too much attention to these images, even those directly targeted at children, until I realized my kids were paying attention! When they started drawing princesses with only long, blonde hair and pink skin, I knew there was an issue. Read more
The 10 best things about going bilingual with your children:
1. Read more »
A hot topic for parents trying to raise balanced bilinguals is which language do you teach first, the minority one or the community language? Or maybe both at once?! We didn't have much choice, as our daughter was enrolled (reluctantly) in the English section of her French school for the first two years, due to lack of places on the French side, so all her initial reading was in English. Read more »
I've long been resigned (though secretly thrilled) that my six-year-old daughter corrects my French, but I didn't expect my three-year-old son to start just yet. Read more »
Being part of a family where we each have a unique skin tone and hair type has made me really think about the images my children are bombarded with every day, through adverts, toys, games, clothing, etc. Although it is clear there is a widespread and concerted effort to represent all different looks these days, when you actually start to pay attention, you soon realise we have a long way to go. Read more »
We are always on the hunt for books in our family to support my childrens' language acquisition. For French books, this is fairly straightforward. After all, it's the tenth most widely spoken language in the world, with around 130 million speakers, which makes for a lot of books! There is a French Amazon, and the Canadian Amazon carries lots of French titles as well. Read more »
So your kids have a ton of target language DVDs, books, websites and toys to fast-track their bilingualism, but what about you, the parent? If the target language isn't your native one, you'll be wanting to maintain and improve it any chance you get. But as we all know, being a parent doesn't give you the luxury of long stretches of free time for language-learning! The best way to keep up your language skills is to work it into your day-to-day life. Read more »
I have recently been thinking about how long I can carry on talking to my children in a language that is not my mother tongue. There are many, many occasions when it is difficult and I'm sure I lose my cool with the kids more often because of the constant pressure I put on myself to stick to French, even when it would be a hundred times easier to think what to say in English. Read more »
In the beginning I often felt quite self-conscious speaking French in public, with my English accent and errors. But people have always been lovely--English people often try and say a few minority language (ml) words to the children, such as 'Bonjour' and 'Au revoir,' while French people are often curious about my decision to speak non-native French, particularly if they haven't spoken French with their own children! And an unforeseen benefit is that I feel less exposed when it comes to disciplining Schmoo in public!
Schmoo sometimes teaches me new words now--a few days ago she kept referring to her pot of bubble mixture as a 'flacon,' a word I don't know and hadn't taught her. Read more »
Early on, I read quite a bit about language acquisition and discovered that children need interactive language exposure in order to learn a language. This means that sitting your child in front of the television to watch minority language (ml) programs alone will not teach them that language. Your child needs to be highly motivated to actually use the language in order to learn it, which is only possible if they are brought into contact with people who speak it and who they want or need to communicate with. Read more »
Welcome to my blog! I am bringing up my children, Schmoo and Pan-Pan, to speak three languages: English, Twi and French. I started learning French at school (age 11) and loved it so much I ended up studying it to MA level (age 26). So after all those years of struggling to learn another language I wanted to give my kids the easy option! As my husband grew up in Ghana, he speaks fluent Twi, so it was easy to add this third language into the mix. Read more »
Can my daughter still learn a language with a speech delay?
This trilingual family offers some truly awesome advice we all can benefit from.
There's more to it than you think
Celebrate Asian-American heritage month with our top book picks
Your new go-to soup recipe
7 tips to make sure you don't blow it
Why colorblind is all wrong and a guide to what's right
Our way of celebrating you!
Why I love the abaya
My yearly pilgrimage to my homeland where I no longer feel at home
Why you shouldn't judge a mom giving coffee to her infant
I couldn’t wait to see how my kids would do with their new Spanish when we got to Mexico.
Important tips for parents and kids of all colors
Foregoing meat in a land where no one does
What to do when your child doesn't love travel like you do.
This mom never knows how she'll find her kids in the morning
How he began to find his heritage
How they made it possible
See the magic and universality of play
Almost sinful, a crowd and kid pleasing cookie for any occasion.
Six years of OPOL parenting in hindsight
Why it's important to this mom that her daughter respect her home and roots in nature
What's super cool about community gardening with your kids
All you need is some eggs, dirt and seeds.
One answer to all the British stories Indian children grew up with.
A 12-day Baha'i celebration born in Baghdad
Even though Arabic is the language they were raised in, they prefer Spanish. Here's why.
Four super-simple musical projects from recycled materials for your kids
Does it get any better than that?
Make a commitment to do something new this year for our planet
People say kids are sponges when it comes to language. This mom disagrees.
Make learning the minority language fun with these games
A whole year of arguing in the making
Do you know what a molinillo is?
Great ideas for introverted and extroverted children
What I learned about keeping my cool from Kenyan moms
Here's the secret
Colleague drank your breast milk from the work fridge again? Tales of breastfeeding in Mongolia
She fought her Turkish in-laws on it--did she succeed?
Why it's critical all parents read books that reflect diversity
Who knew that becoming a mother merged our histories of loss and grief
Have you been guilty of any of these?
Fancy schools, international vacations, foreign language books, DVDs and tutors add up fast
Life after devastation
The freedom of growing up as the only Serbo-Croatian in Sudan
It’s easy to raise bilingual kids when you speak a second language, right? Wrong.
How the West sleeps is different from the rest
Why OPOL has been harder than we thought.
Money can't buy love. Or can it?
And why it made this mom worry
Has the West taken fear too far?
The secret revealed of why African babies don't melt down like Western ones.
In photos and figures
Language acquisition in three-and-a-half year old, bilingual twins.
Have you made any of these mistakes?
Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask
Does Islam's reputation for severity and harshness apply to how Muslims raise children?
Cultural oasis or no man’s land?
All that's left to do is wait and wonder
Welcome to our newest blogger--a world traveling, homeschooling mom--to the InCultureParent family!
10 must-read tips on co-sleeping from Africa
Time outs due to whistling versus school's out due to poverty
Because every little global citizen needs a map
I belong to a faith with virtually no rituals.
Is it racist to not want to raise your kids in white America?
Raising children in the shadow of exile
Lessons in parenting from the Côte d'Azur
How one family celebrates the biggest Muslim holiday
Who said raising bilingual kids was easy?
Four pregnancies, four miscarriages and a bout of thyroid cancer later
What linguistic research has to say
Why you shouldn't judge a mom giving coffee to her infant
How my language use morphs to meet the situation