Raising Bilingual Children | eumom Member Advice
Your toddler is two years old and has only spoken a few words up until now. Words haven’t been put together in a sentence just yet and you are worried that his speech is delayed. This can be definitely a confusing time for parents and may raise some concern regards his stages of development, even more, if your child has been exposed to two or more languages at home.
The moms from our Facebook community shared their own stories and advice on how to help raise children in a bilingual environment. Nowadays, having parents speaking different languages at home is very common.
“I speak only English and everyone else speaks Irish to my son. He is fluent in both”
(Ailbhe Kelly, Facebook)
Have your children speaking more than one language is definitely a great gift for their future and will stand to them in the long run.
“My children speak 3 languages with no delays compared to peers. Just keep talking and read to them & exposing them to the languages”
(Niamh Walsh, Facebook)
It is normal for parents to feel confused when raising their children in a home environment where more than one language is spoken. But it is always important to keep in mind that each child in unique and may develop at different stages and at different speeds.
“We are the same, Russian and English, but as long as children understand, it's all good”
(Anne Conway, Facebook)
The main piece of advice from our moms is to always speak always your own native language to your child, as this will encourage them to understand and learn both languages, very early in their lives and will help them have the skills to master both languages in the future.
“Keep encouraging both languages and your child will be able to differentiate between the two before you know it”
(Edel Hooft, Facebook)
But if you are very concerned and are looking for some piece of mind, contact your local health nurse for a chat or seek advice from a speech and language therapist.
“Once they understand both of you, I wouldn’t worry too much”
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