We are all back to our everyday lives and it becomes harder again. If summer was two steps forward, now we went one step backward after the kids are back to kindergarten.
Unfortunately that is the same for all of us I guess. The ml country holiday times is the "easy" bit. But for as long as we live in a ML country, our daily life will be a perpetual fight to preserve our ml.
However, with your great commitment and this routine you have introduced, I am sure you will eventually strike a balance in their languages.
Keep your chin up and get those boxing gloves out for this new school year. Perseverance pays off.
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
So the first weekend without daddy was mixed; tough because we love daddy, but still easier because I have a good reason to turn off all the ML at home (though I have to do it gradually, especially with my older son).
We spent time playing, drawing, and doing activity books. My younger son prefers activity books over reading books because it is more interactive. He is bored if he just has to listen.
My older son is obsessed with Ben 10. Unfortunately, I could only get it in ML. I will translate it for him today when I'm reading. Good thing is, it's only a comic book, so it's not that hard to do it in ml.
It's nice when something negative, like having someone you love away, can have a positive too, like having your children have total ml exposure at home.
I'm glad your summer holidays went so well and everyone noticed all the progress your children have made in the ml. Going back to school is always the hard part, when we have to fight to keep the ml alive. But you're doing great in that department anyway!!
Thanks for the recap of what each age means, language-wise. I loved it!!
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Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9
Amy: Looks like the 3 weeks in ml1 country paid off: my ML mother reports my youngest would only speak ml1 to her! Lol Not sure ML childminder will be so happy when she returns... loool!
Aug 25, 2018 0:38:50 GMT 9
Mayken: Sounds like fun times ahead, Amy! Keep us posted.
Aug 27, 2018 23:15:08 GMT 9
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Aug 31, 2018 10:30:39 GMT 9
Amy: Happiest bilingual mum in the world : the new lady who conducts activities in ml2 with my eldest just assessed her level as pretty much equivalent to that of a native ml2 child! After that awful back-to-school start, this is like music to my ears.
Sept 6, 2018 0:00:13 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've been thinking for a long time to write an update and hopefully, I will do it one day. My brother married a Russian woman. That was nice to see that my 5-year-old daughter could play with her and speak English together!
Sept 7, 2018 21:37:25 GMT 9
Wojtek: After some time, she ran up and told me: "She is speaking English!"
Sept 7, 2018 21:38:31 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice to hear your happy news, Wojtek! And congratulations to your brother and his bride! It sounds like they may have a bilingual child in their future, too! Cheers to you all!
Sept 7, 2018 21:58:17 GMT 9