Friends, the most amazing thing just happened! I made a deal with my son (9 months old) so that he'd go to sleep, and...it actually worked!
He clearly needed a nap, but he didn't want to go to sleep. He was squirming, and wiggling, and smiling at me so that I'd let him stay awake. Even after I'd sung him a couple of songs and read him "Princess Super Kitty" twice (translating on the fly to our ml), he crawled over to where I had put down the book and started grabbing at the cover. So I told him I'd make a deal with him: I'd read him "Princess Super Kitty" ONE more time, and then he'd go to sleep. I read, he sleeps: that's the deal. So I read him the book (for the third time in a row!), and – miracle of miracles – he closed his eyes as soon as it was over and went straight to sleep!
We've gotten signs already that he understands some of the ml, even though he isn't talking yet, but this was a pretty big step in that direction. And it's also not the first time that he seems to have tried using books as a way of avoiding bedtime, but again, this was the most significant evidence so far that he really likes books (and not only because they delay bedtime).
If parenting is like playing a video game (as Tatyana L has memorably said), then I can imagine the game-master chiming in: "Level 9 Parent Has Gained a Level!" (I've definitely gained *at least* 9 levels in the first 9 months...)
Good for you, Sam! And good for your son! This is a very positive sign and happy news to hear!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
That's a lovely story. Reading books has always been a part of our bedtime routine and my son and I both really enjoy that cosy time together before he goes to sleep. When he chooses a book in the other language, my husband and I also either translate it to our own language or look through the pictures and describe them.
I hope your son continues to develop his love for books and also that he continues his good sleeping!
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Mayken: Holidays! Just the 3 of us, in ML country this year, but I'm planning for a lot of ml time, without any family to visit and friends to meet (our program when we're in ml country).
Jul 29, 2017 5:02:56 GMT 9
Amy: Caught my eldest bragging to her cousin she could speak ml2 and asked him in ml2 if they could continue playing in this language....could it be my daughter is slowly accepting the fact she's bilingual and happy to be so...??
Jul 31, 2017 5:07:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Not all fun after all - we were at a castle today with an amazing 3h treasure hunt, but it was all in ML. My daughter did lots of ML reading (clues), but no chance of slipping ml in.
Aug 1, 2017 4:13:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Welcome back, Adam! We kept the zoo running while you were away and even swept up the monkey droppings!
Aug 2, 2017 18:26:12 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Well done, Mayken! Many thanks! (I was afraid I would be overwhelmed by the monkey droppings.)
Aug 3, 2017 6:18:08 GMT 9
Amy: My turn to disappear for a few weeks! Off to ml1 country with very high expectations as to the benefits of ml1 family bonding and ml1 exposure for my 2 girls! Have a lovely month of August everybody ! xxx
Aug 6, 2017 4:58:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Amy, have a really fun and fruitful time!
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Nellie: Welcome back Adam and have a great time Amy!
Aug 9, 2017 5:37:45 GMT 9
Ahmet: Hey Adam! Thank you very much for writing such a nice book. I've read it , took lots and lots of notes. It's full of precious information about raising a bilingual kid. It helped me a lot and still keeps me on my way. goo.gl/photos/oPyfKffApeWPB9eU
Aug 11, 2017 7:34:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Ahmet, I loved seeing this photo of my book! Thanks so much! Would you mind if I shared it? And I'd be really grateful if you would leave a review at Amazon or elsewhere online.
Aug 11, 2017 8:54:39 GMT 9
Ahmet: Hi Adam, of course you may share the photo. By the way I already left a review at Goodreads and Amazon and I will continue to share info about your book.
Aug 13, 2017 17:34:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Ahmet, thanks a lot for your support!
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