For most immigrant parents in America today, raising bilingual children is not a choice or a decision, but rather a way of life. Yet teaching children their parents’ native language often comes second to ensuring they are proficient in English so they can thrive in school and later reach leadership positions in the workplace. In addition, the task of teaching two (or more) languages can be overwhelming, leaving many of us wondering where to start.
Raising Bilingual Children is here to help with easy, practical steps for parents and caretakers to raise bilingual children of every age and stage in life. Author and immigrant parenting expert Maritere Bellas Rodriguez provides answers to questions such as: What do I do when my five-year-old doesn’t want to speak Spanish at home? My husband doesn’t speak Korean, so how do we find common ground to raise our kids with two languages? My child is two years old and not speaking in either of the two languages we speak at home—should I be concerned?
Whether your native language is Spanish, Filipino, Korean, Chinese, or French, it is natural to want our children to communicate in our native language. Raising Bilingual Children is the ultimate guidebook for busy parents looking for advice and direction about the everyday challenges and joys of raising a bilingual child.
For eleven years, MARITERE RODRIGUEZ BELLAS wrote an influential parenting column forLa Opinion, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country, and the last three years, her column runs in ImpreMedia’s Vista magazine. Her articles typically deal with the vast range of issues facing immigrant parents who seek to find a balance between the culture of their countries of origin and the culture of their adopted land. Bellas is also the author of the forthcoming Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie in which she offers immigrant parents a comprehensive guide for understanding their emotions, solving their problems, and finding joy in their multicultural reality.
Raising Bilingual Children: A Practical Guide
Maritere Rodriguez Bellas
208 Pages | $2.99
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Spanish Edition ISBN: 978-1-4767-9727-4
*The Spanish edition E-Book will be available on November 4, 2014*