I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago, when we had a family meet up. The kids had a wonderful afternoon, they played with their cousins, enjoyed the sunshine, ran around in the park and generally loved the freedom of being in an open space.

This is my 5 year old fooling around with his brother’s Koala bear. He looks all grown up yet he is  still so young.

This week I am linking up with the “Living Arrows” (Shutterflies). The aim is to take a picture that captures the beauty and magic of childhood in our eyes.

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We usually go to Waddesdon Manor a couple of times a year as my in laws live about one hour away so it’s a bit of a meeting point for all of us.

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Waddesdon Manor  is an impressive French style Chateau house that  has massive grounds but my children’s favourite is the woodland’s playground.

The playground is fantastic, it has plenty of equipment for young children , and  a mesh swing, contour slide  and  zip wire for the older ones. There is plenty of space for them to run around, climb up and down the slope and enjoy the surroundings.

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We went on Father’s day but  we did not know the  Feast Festival was taking place on the grounds, so it was extremely busy, there must have been hundreds of people there.

The Feast Festival is inspired in a historical event where the Baron of Rothschild, the original owner of the house, invited  locals of Waddesdon and other  villages close by to come in and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

There were food and drink stalls with space to sit down in lovely decorated tables or plenty of space for people to have picnics.flores

It was a lovely day and the kids loved it. We were one of the last ones to leave so I managed to get some pictures when it had all quieted down.

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If you are not too far from the area I definitely recommend Waddesdon for a day out with children. It’s not only an ideal place for adults to spend the day, with a couple of lovely places to eat, but they also run events throughout the year.
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If you are not too far from the area I definitely recommend a day out in Waddesdon?

Have you been to Waddesdon? Did you go to the Feast Festival? What did you think?

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People are always surprised when they meet me and my family  and they hear us talk. I always speak to my children in Spanish and they always answer back in English, we have always done this and for us it’s normal but strangers find it a bit weird.

When I was pregnant I had this idea that I’d always talk to my children in Spanish, that they’d be able to visit my family in Spain and talk to their relatives in my language, but unfortunately it hasn’t happened. My children understand everything in Spanish but they don’t want to speak it.

I have read a bit into the subject and apparently their behaviour is normal, children should not be forced, and they should not see speaking another language as a chore. I keep saying to them that knowing Spanish is cool and we could talk between ourselves a no one else around would know what we are talking about – a bit like a secret code, but they still don’t want to do it.

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There are many advantages of speaking more than one language, bilingual children are supposed to have better analytical, social and academic skills.

I always get told things like “Don’t give up, carry on speaking to them in Spanish, one day they will speak it” or “Don’t give up, teaching them another language is the best gift you can give them. Yes, I know, I know, but I don’t want to be reminded millions of times, especially by random strangers.

I will not give up, I will carry on as we are. I have been living in the UK for nearly 20 years but I am Spanish after all, my kids are half Spanish and I really think it’s really important for them to understand this, and hopefully one day we will be able to speak to each other in  my language.

Has anyone got any tips or advice in raising bilingual children? I’d love to hear what other people do

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