That last comment had me laughing. I don't know how you do it! I don't think I would have been able to start speaking in the ml with my husband when either of my children were that little. I don't want this sounding the wrong way, but I need to say that it's okay to break the rules every now and then now that your son is little and he won't notice. I feel that we, parents, are sometimes -all the time, actually- too hard on ourselves.
I do break the rules quite a lot! Those extra few seconds of deciding which language to use are helpful though. I can have quite an impatient personality sometimes and, especially with my husband, I can say too much without thinking if I'm in a bad mood. The restraint is a good thing as it gives me time to decide if I should count to 10 before I blow!
Just wanted to remind you that you are amazing! Your husband and your son are so so lucky to have you, so driven and persistent.
My son has been sick the whole week last week, as well. Sleep deprivation and frustrations are here with me too and it is very hard when you don't have time for other things. I sometimes skype my mom to let off steam. It helps because then I speak my language with her and it's very different than doing it in a foreign language.
I noticed that your difficulties are getting much shorter than your positives, though. Congratulations on that! You're doing very well.
Thanks Undraa! You are an inspiration to me as you've done so well getting your children to use the ml under such difficult circumstances.
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Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
Jan 18, 2020 4:15:02 GMT 9
Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9