5 steps to raising a thriving bilingual

How to raise a thriving bilingual child? What is the best way to go with your language strategy and plan?

How to raise a thriving bilingual child

Raising a bilingual / multilingual child comes very naturally for some parents, especially when all the language input and opportunities are effortlessly available for their children. But this is not the case for many families. 

We all know that children acquire languages easily when they are young. This happens if the right conditions are there. These conditions allow them to have a good quality of interaction in the languages they learn. These interactions should be in a way that the children maintain their languages for a lifetime. 

Having a language plan is important to raise a balanced and thriving bilingual/multilingual child. It creates many opportunities for your child to hear and use the languages as much as needed.

Creating these opportunities will follow answering questions about how well your child should learn the languages, what language(s) to speak with your child and how often your child needs to hear and use these languages.  



There are so many ways to answer the question about what languages to speak. Experts usually say ”speak the minority language at home, do it as much as you can and stick with it’”, and I want to agree with this. But, it is not always that easy. 
Some parents have more than one languages, some want to teach their child another language, and some do not have enough opportunities to transfer their native language to their children. 
First, a few questions for you:
What are your expectations from your child? How many languages should your child learn? What should be your child’s language goals?
What are the everyday opportunities that your child has for hearing and using these languages?
These are important questions to ask before you decide what language(s) to speak with your child, when, how often, and so on.



You can answer all of these questions through the MULTILINGUAL FAMILY STRATEGY and PLAN WORKSHEET.


Why do you need a family language strategy and plan?

For some families, the answer to the question ”what language to speak to raise a multilingual child” is crystal clear. And their conditions allow multilingualism to come naturally to their child.
But for some families, the situation can be a bit more complicated. In that case, setting a family and strategy plan can make all their confusion go away and help their child to a great extent.
Let’s see who needs to set a plan to raise a successful multilingual child:

1) Your child needs to learn more than two languages.

You don’t know how to structure the time spend on each language. Who speaks what and how often.
In today’s world, many multilingual children learn more than two languages. In addition to that, their parents may speak more than one home language.

2) Your child does not have many opportunities to hear and speak the minority language outside of the home.

I know, there are many parents out there who are the ONLY source of language input for their child.
You may be the only person who can provide input and learning opportunities in your language. There is nobody around that your child can hear the language from.

3) Your child is not motivated to speak the language

If your child is not very willing to speak a language, that means that you need to work even harder to make that language appealing. In this case, building a strategy and plan to provide enough exposure and to create fun opportunities for the child is important.


If your child has one or more of these above conditions, then having a language strategy and plan can work wonders. 

You can review your plan again in the future and see if it is still working for your child. fFor instance, after your child starts school, you can revisit and adjust your strategy again. 


Set language goals and a family plan to watch your multilingual child thrive. 

With this 5-STEP GUIDE:

1.  Have an overview of your unique situation

2. Set concrete language goals for your child

3. Answer some important questions to yourself to create a family plan

4. Learn the most common family language strategies and find yours

5. Have a solid action and stop being confused about what to do!

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