40 tips for raising multilingual children

Raising multilingual children? About to embark on your journey? Have young children but you would like to review your situation? Here are my best tips for raising multilingual children: from my former-lingusitics-resarcher self and my current-mother-of-two-children-exposed-to-4-languages self. There is something for everyone.

40 tips for raising multilingual children

Einschulung: starting school in Germany

The transition from Kindergarten to elementary school in Germany is a rite of passage that is observed with great pomp and big celebrations. That transition is called Einschulung.

First ever day at school in Germany: traditions and celebrations

Solo train travel at 6 years old: Junior & Cie

Last week, our 6-year-old returned, alone, from her stay at her grandparents (in France).

Solo train travel as a child


Le Louvre with children

Le Louvre with kids

I am a great believer in taking my children almost anywhere. We took a 15-month-old camping.  We took a 2-year-old to tour Brazil. We take our children to restaurants. 
And we have just taken 3 children (aged 2 to 8) to The Louvre in Paris.

Freda and Fernando on the River Tagus (Read around the world series)


The mighty River Tagus is the river that flows into Lisbon, the longest on the Iberian Peninsula and a very important cultural aspect of the Portuguese capital. So, reading about it in a children's book is perfect for my half-Portuguese children.

The flag of Brazil: an infographic

The Brazilian flag has quite a distinct design. It is a very easy one to remember and an interesting one to draw with the kids.

The flag of Brazil

Tomar, Portugal: the last Templar town

About halfway between Porto and Lisbon, Tomar is a little hidden gem in Portugal.



Portugal in the Olympics (free printable)

Learn about Portugal in the Olympics (free printable)

Despite the recent political turmoil and health issues Brazil has had to deal with, the Olympics are going ahead and about to start in Rio. Worldwide sporting events are always a great opportunity for children to learn about the world from the comfort of their home.

5 talks worth watching for multicultural parents


Here is my selection of talks that are actually worth watching if like me, you are raising little world citizens and are not sure where you come from any more.

The French Goûter

French children all eat a fourth meal during the day. It is called 'Le goûter'.

The French gouter - 4 o'clock snack

5 items not on our family packing list

I am not really keen on packing lists as I always think people carry way too many things especially when it comes to travelling with children.

5 items not on our family packing list

Orange picking in Orlando

When you think about Orlando, you may not straight away think about orange picking. 

Orange picking in Orlando

3 geography activities for little world citizens

geography activities for little world citizens

This past year, LJ, 6, and I have been trying to spend to do a few activities focusing on learning about world geography. I say trying, because we a 2-year-old in tow, it is sometimes a challenge. 

Camping with children in Switzerland (on a budget)

We are freshly back from a long weekend camping with two young children (6 and 2) in Switzerland, Lucerne to be precise.

Camping ona budget in Switzerland with kids


5 things having a penpal has taught me

Do children even know what it is like to have a penpal any more? The anticipation of waiting for a letter from someone far away? I am not sure.

5 things having a penpal has taught me

My best tip for raising multilingual children

Parents get asked all the time about their best tips for this and that. This week bloggers around the world were set the challenge to share their best tip to motivate a child to speak the minority language.

my best tip to raise bilingual children

6-year-olds around the world (3)

Our third instalment in this little series takes us to Asia, Europe and America to meet another 4 fabulous 6-year-olds.

Being 6 years old in the world


Germany and cash

A credit card gets you nowhere in Germany. Cash is king. Did you know that about Germany?

Why Germans pay for everything in cash


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