By Carla Molina Martins | 04/01/2009 - 13:30
Now that Dessa is almost 2 years old, we can really see how our efforts at raising her bilingual are paying off. She doesn't speak super clearly yet but definitely uses a lot of Spanish and English words. She also understands everything we say to her in either language. It's a great relief to finally get some assurance that our efforts haven't been in vain. For so long it was a one way convo and it was hard to see if what I was doing was having any impact. It's a lonely road sometimes when you're raising a bilingual child in a community that's, um, not so diverse.
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/03/2009 - 17:15
Are you all for teaching your child both English and Español? While there are many obvious benefits to speaking more than one language, parents should take note: recent findings show that children who are bilingual before the age of five are more likely to stutter than those who only speak one language before this age. Not only that, but bilingual tots also have a harder time correcting their speech down the line.