Post by CHRISTOPHER L WILSON on Jul 11, 2019 11:17:16 GMT 9
I have an update regarding my family. I see the last time I posted was nearly a year ago and it was to say how well it was going with my daughter! So my family moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. That was crazy! So my daughter was taken out of her ml school for approximately three months and although she was still around me, I was working so her ml exposure dropped a little.
I'm not sure if this is the reason but my daughter who once only spoke to me in ml has now begun using almost half ML with me. I'm not sure if it's because she realizes my wife and I both speak ML or if it is just due to drop in exposure or what! I know she is still leaps above many bilingual kids at her age but it is still disheartening! The good news is we have her exposure set up well. We hired a nanny who speaks full-time in ml language with kids that started this week and my daughter will enter a dual-language school full time this fall from 8am-3pm. So at best I hope this is just a temporary setback.
My biggest questions are how to interact with her about this. Do I bring it up and say 'hey I notice you are speaking a lot of how mommy talks, but that's not how papi talks?" Do I just keep responding in ml and not acknowledge? Do I say how would papi say it (although this seems unreasonable since they are full-on conversations at this point). It is definitely interesting.
My littlest Benny is understanding it fully of course but hasn't started to develop much verbally at 18 months. It is coming, I can see it! All in all I feel good, but still it's surprising to hear her speak to me in ML although I do think I'm getting used to it...but still never replying in ML.
The change in ml use seems a bit normal to me owing to the sudden massive ML input. However, with the ml nanny and upcoming ml school year, things should fall back into place.
Personally, if she tried using the ML with me, I'd just pretend not to understand very well. Like, grab the wrong thing she asks you to get her or something. See if she gets the hint and reverts to the ml.
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