Bilingual Parenting Isn't Easy

Bilingual Parenting Isn’t Easy

In order to learn second language, so many students in the world have spent tremendous time on studying.

After-school class, mandatory English classes, and language summer camps have always been popular over the years in Asia. As a dominant  language, English has been taught throughout the school years. However, the impact and final result from years of 2nd language teaching is still far behind the influence from a bilingual environment at home.

It’s such a privilege to raise a kid or be raised up in a bilingual family.

After 15 years of studious spirit in English learning, Dreamsbiz tried so hard to learn English back in Taiwan.

Fortunately,  Dreamsbiz was able to get comparable higher score than others on TOEFL and GMAT and to enroll in one of the worldwide best International Business Schools within the United States.

Despite high scores in all the language evaluation tests, I still lacked the basic knowledge of daily conversation in terms of American culture and history. Most of the 2nd languages mainly focus on academic or conservation-wide teaching. That also contributes to the situation where people do not know to express or get involved in the discussion properly.

How to raise up a kid in bilingual family?

How to raise up a kid in bilingual family?

When coming to the United States, I was not surprised at all to see the growing number of U.S. bilingual families. One of major factors to boost U.S. economy is immigrants. From 70′ to 90’s , there are several peaks of immigration in the American demography. For those families, how to raise the kid in bilingually or trilingually has been a very popular topic over years.

Recalling all the training when I worked in one premium English private pre-school, the principal and the entire education system had a very clear policy on how to teach and interact with pre-school kids.

Consistency is the golden rule to follow up along side education materials.

In reading Annie’s article – Raising Bilingual Kids” Benefits and Techniques,  she also mentions how important and beneficial it is for kids to be raised up in bilingual environments.

So, here are few tips I learned from my past professional training:

  • Language delay – Parents should expect kids to experience language delay as a result of their dual language environment. Though the confusion may occur in children in their early age, children’s learning and language will not be different with others who are from a single language family.
  • Human interaction – Many parents rely on the TV to be the main the language learning at home. It would be a big harm for how teachers in pre-school invest their efforts. TV is just a method to support your teaching. Human interaction is still thumb of rule.
  • Stop having stereotypes – Parents should stop inputting any good or bad stereotypes from other cultures. Learning language should be an adventure for kids. Set aside these stereotypes that you even don’t know when teaching these little angels.
  • One language along with one parent – It’s a beauty that two parents can speak two or three different languages. For example, kids only can talk with mother in English but with father in Chinese. In time, kids can develop the language patterns to accelerate their learning.
  • Being consistent  – Make sure to be consistent during the entire process to prevent children from getting confused.

Of course, there are more different techniques recommended by others. You may also think some creative ways as you can.

Please share.

 

Often times, we believe or we don’t, dads have lived a life before we started. They are pro at things we are not even aware of. The truth remains, he listened to vinyl before you did. He drank whiskey before you did. He had a mustache before you did. Admit it: your dad was a hipster before you were!

It’s high time we celebrate this fact. Vintage photos of real dads back in the day—in their short shorts and tight tees playing arcade games—accompany snark captions that at once tip a cap to Dad’s glory days and poke fun at modern hipsters. Featuring tons of never-before-seen things, this gives a great feel for dads, hipsters, and those who love to tease them!

Most of the time, we don’t pay enough heed to the extensive knowledge transfer that our dad are ready to do at all times. For us, that is indeed too much information to be shared. The value of it is not seen big at most times. But the fact won’t change. His experiences only make you better person. You don’t want to burn your fingers and then learn. Here is someone who volunteers to save you the horror, by sharing so much in advance that you are very less likely to get hurt.

Not that we are at it, I would like to talk about this book too. It is so very hysterical. Each picture and description is funnier than the one before. I have a very high bar when it comes to humor and wit. You either got it or you don’t. This book and author’s got it. Clever. A laugh riot. Genius. I bought this book for Father’s Day and he absolutely loved it. The best part is that it led him to dig up old pictures to show he was just as cool. Priceless. I think most dads found it almost as entertaining as I did. Of course, he insisted that the guys in it were from an older time than he was.. But still, some very funny stuff.
Thus, it can be concluded that daddies have been around, been there done that. Gone through stuff that we never would if we genuinely buy what he has to say. He never wants to set us up for a failure. He sincerely wishes that we succeed. Of course, one thing he expects us to do is try over and over again. However, that is just a medium for us to do good in life. Learning from mistakes works for all!

 

Dad- I still count on you today.

Posted February 5th, 2016 by Mia's Daddy

Being a dad is not an easy task . It’s one of the biggest responsibility ever been taken and adjudged in a good way . It requires a lot of patience and even experience too, not like we all have been a dad before, but we all had the experience with our own dads. We all grew up with the love and affection that he had showered us his whole life. Clearly, I’m not a dad, nor will I ever know what it’s like being one. However, I do happen to know what it feels like when a dad takes time to “Be a Dad” to his child. Let me share what I mean.

Dad is my best friend

Dad is my best friend

My dad was always there for me, through good times and bad. And through all the trouble I got in, again and again during my teenage years, he was still there, being a dad. I used to be a big headache for my whole childhood times. I used to mess up thing and still do the same, but till date his teaching is there to let go on in life and move ahead.

While he bailed me out of my troubles he always made it a point to remind me of his expectations with love. So, at times, amidst what may have seemed like letting me get away with something, a lesson was learned. A challenge was always given for me to “show myself trustworthy,” and I would be trusted. If I kept demonstrating the same poor behavior, trust could not be built. And it was through trust, that he would be willing to give me more responsibility in the future. Here today I stand understanding those responsibilities and am still not complete without him.

love and trust

love and trust

I believe it was these key learning moments as I was growing up that impacted me most. I’m older and married now, and my dad is still there for me, being a dad, helping and encouraging me when needed. Still today he lets me do things my way having faith on me and making me understand the same old ways he used to if I fail in doing things today.I can’t help but wonder if he and I could have rebuilt trust – and more importantly, if rebuilding trust would have been as important to me – had he not handled those teachable moments the way he did. Those teachings had changed my way of looking at things and make me understand life in different moods.images (69)

Thus, I encourage all dads to Be a Dad even through life’s ups and downs. But most importantly, Be a Dad who makes the downs count. Your children will remember you as their dads if also you do or do not but all it makes a difference when the time comes and they grow up without you.

The past few weeks have passed written about various kinds of dads, their roles, their importance in the upbringing  of their child and many more. Will try to find all new topics about dad and write them in a single place so as to have something important for every reader and please their minds. Till then stay tuned for more.

Thank you for reading.

Please feel free to comment and also visit great lessons learned from my dad.

Learning how and when to get back on the horse

Posted February 5th, 2016 by Mia Mei

The Chinese say that you can know what someone’s purse and all littles (Ed: personality) will be like by watching them when they are 3-years old.

I know what Chinese people say because I have some Chinese people hanging out at my house. My Gong Gong and Poh Poh and Mommy. And I go to Chinese church and, and … okay, I know, okay?

I am 3-years old. So, I need to be REALLY careful about how I do things because the way I figure it, what I do now and the way I act now is going to stick with me for the rest of my life. And…people are watching me!

Daddy says to not worry too much about this sort of thing because God does allow ‘do-overs.’ I am not sure what he means by that but I’ll put that thought in my piggy bank for later on.

Anyway…I had an experience with a horse the other day at the big park.

There’s this ladder thingee. It doesn’t go straight up. It goes up…then out, then up then out, then there’s a big step to get across to the bridge at the top.

Getting back on the horse

It’s kind of tricky, especially if you look around at beeping horns and other kids screaming while you are climbing.

Well, I looked when I shouldn’t have and I Read more »