26 May 2015
8 May 2015
We struggle with resources in Portuguese in our house. We manage to get a few books a year through family or trips and ordering over the internet from abroad but it is all a rather costly affair.
17 Apr 2015
One year ago today, I was sitting in a German hospital, feeling exhausted but well taken care of and ready for our new adventures as a family of four. My baby was one-day-old and his sister had just turned 4. Having had two children in two different countries (my oldest was born in the U.K.) and being a great believer in all things natural, I am (mostly) loving the way Germans go about raising babies and children in an eco-friendly and green manner.
Read my guest post over on Multicultural Kid Blogs
7 Apr 2015
Life is good when it is a warm Spring day and the whole family can hop on their bike and go out and explore the world. When we first arrived here, in Germany, we got ourselves new bikes and a bike trailer for our, then, 14 months old. We had to blend in.
2 Apr 2015
I like to keep little sound bites of my children chatting. I have shared a few in the past. It is a fun way to keep track of their speech development.
30 Mar 2015
There have been a few recent articles about how many sacrifices you have to do to raise bilingual kids or how much money you need to spend. Some have suggested that they even sacrifice their own language learning and their relationships for their children's bilingualism. (And yes, I have the courage to link to them). I guess I am not the typical reader or target audience of these articles because I, personally, find them rather disappointing and pointless.
Alarm bells, anyone?
3 Mar 2015
Ah the school issue!
There comes a point in every parent's life where they have to make a decision as to where to send their kids to school. If there is a choice to be made, it often is a very tough one. Parents often feel that their child's future is at play. When you add to the equation languages and how best to support your child's multilingualism, it makes it even more difficult.
22 Feb 2015
People often ask if there is anything one can do to prepare for a bilingual baby coming into a household. I am sure that if you search the web, you will find some very useful lists of things you could do. I am not going to write one here. I will instead tell you about the challenges I encountered before our first was born and how I prepared (or failed to prepare) our own family.
12 Feb 2015
Freshly back from our holidays in the U.S.A. I did compile a little list of observations while we were on the road. Road tripping with kids is never easy but we love it. Hopefully, these little tips will make your life easier.
Just a word of warning: this is written from a European's perspective. Most of you in the US may find this obvious. But to us, Europeans, it wasn't necessarily.
10 Feb 2015
I am not sure why but I have never written about my wedding here even thought it is a topic I like to talk about (who doesn't?). In a previous post, I wrote about having to go through several administrative land mines to get there, but I never really wrote about the wedding itself.
2 Feb 2015
Meet Audrey and her young family from the East Coast. Audrey is a non-native Spanish speaker. She has a background in linguistics. She is only beginning her journey into multilingualism as a parent but she offers some great advice for other parents starting out.
|Photo by J. Chan via Flickr|
29 Jan 2015
Before we left for our 3-week road trip, I had been looking for ideas to answer several problems: minimize endless questions about what we would do when, keep a 5-year-old entertained, and create a memento.
26 Jan 2015
Have you ever wondered why you remember phone numbers between in one language over another? Or why you or your kids always count in one language over another even if it is not your dominant one? Have you noticed that your child is better at maths when it is explained to him/her in another language? Rest assured, that it is totally normal. Culture and language matter a lot when it comes to numbers.
22 Jan 2015
The piri-piri family is currently out enjoying a little holiday in the U.S.A.. In case, you have not been following us, we have completed our Washington, D.C. leg and are currently in New Orleans.
19 Jan 2015
I am sure you have heard about a bilingual child being labelled as 'delayed' in terms of language development. Maybe, it is your own child who has been described as such. A professional (paediatrician or teacher) may have even mentioned this to you, as his/her parents. This is an all too common occurrence. Have you ever wondered why these people may have the impression (as it is often not a proper diagnosis) that your child is delayed? Here is a piece of research that may help you understand it.
15 Jan 2015
As you read this, I am, hopefully, high up somewhere over the Atlantic trying to get a 9-months-old to nap in a cot and entertaining an almost 5-years-old with nothing more than a book, a pen and a paper (and in-flight entertainment hopefully).
12 Jan 2015
This week people were killed for expressing their opinions. Any kind of extremism and terrorism act is just plain wrong, shocking and worrying. The religion of these people bares no real impact on the fact that they are/were terrorists. Freedom of speech, the freedom of the press is more important than religion. I won't go any political debate as this is not the topic of this blog. I wanted to focus instead on taking my children to one of the many peaceful rallies that happened in France (and all over the world) this week.
8 Jan 2015
"You can't buy happiness but you can buy books and that's kind of the same thing!"
This rule certainly applies in our household. Our shelves are bursting with books. Children books, travel guides, photography books, cooking books, novels, cartoons...
5 Jan 2015
It has been a long time since I have posted an instalment of this series. So, here it goes: an English-German speaking family in Germany. I really love Michelle's last comment about mentioning bilingualism from the get go when looking for childcare. This has always been crucial to me too and always asked how they felt about it.
|via mkorsakov (Flickr)|
25 Dec 2014
14 Dec 2014
With the festive season in full swing, I am often to be found baking. I am not the greatest cook. But baking, I love. My hands are full all day every day with baby E. Yet, whenever I can, I pop him on my back (front carry is impossible now or he will crack the eggs for me) and turn on the oven.
10 Dec 2014
As expats, over recent years, we have come to make our own Christmas traditions. We have borrowed a little bit from different countries we have lived in and from our own birth countries. These traditions have become part of our family and are becoming our family traditions.