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.
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
One word to describe our first two days of potty training: Disaster
The boy totally refuses to sit in the potty, in fact we have 3 different potties, a trainer seat, a portable potty, you name it, we have it and we tried them all.
We tried bribing him with stickers, cookies, chocolate and he still won’t sit or contemplate doing it. By the end of the weekend and after endless incidents we were all exhausted and very stressed.
Nursery are taking over for the week now, they keep saying it’s ok and they will give it a go, but to be honest I am not very confident. Daddy is ready to throw the towel already, aren’t men useless?, but I really think we need to keep at it for a few weeks before giving up.
People keep telling he has to be ready. I think he is ready, he is 3 and I think he is aware, but he is stubborn and also a bit lazy, he keeps saying he is a baby and wants to keep wearing nappies, of course we keep telling him he is a big boy and big boys don’t wear nappies
I have done this before with my other son, but I don’t remember it being so difficult. I just hope we are just having a bad start and things will improve towards the end of the week.
Please tell me I am not the only one that has had a disastrous first few days.
My 5 year old was potty trained a couple of months after he was 2, it was easy, he was interested and we managed to do it after a couple of weeks.
I now think it’s time to start with my 3 year old, the only problem is that even though he knows he is going to do a poo, and he can let us know in advance , he will not sit in the toilet, or potty, or trainer seat.. He just refuses
I have told him I will be giving him stickers and little treat whenever he uses the potty but he just doesn’t want to talk about the subject… he says he is a baby and not a big boy..
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