Looking to establish a base of support, now that I've decided to be a keeper of bilingual children!
ML: English, my first language and my wife's only language, we're living in the U.S. ml: Spanish, I speak at an advanced level, we have very little community exposure (right now) Kids: 2.5 yr-old & newborn.
I'll be starting the OPOL approach with the newborn, but I'm quite daunted by the task of introducing Spanish to our 2.5 yr-old when I'm not the primary caregiver at home. I think we'll try the Time&Place method first, and if he does not resist the ml too hard I might move to OPOL someday.
But, what if I start OPOL with our 2.5 yr-old right now, cold-turkey? I think he would learn way faster than with the Time&Place method...but, how long would he be confused? Would it cause our relationship to become strained? Nearly all that I've read online is directed to parents who start from birth, not at 2.5 yrs. I would love some insight into the natural course of OPOL if introduced at this age.
Landon, welcome! And congratulations to you and your wife on the recent arrival of your second child!
As for speaking Spanish with your children, I wish you all the best in your efforts. With your older son, you may need to provide him with a certain amount of English support, to ease this transition, but gradually weaning him from English to Spanish is certainly possible. How rapidly you can achieve this aim depends a lot on his own openness to this shift in your relationship, but I would advise proceeding slowly, at first, and monitoring his reactions. Better to move this aim forward more gently and gradually than try to do "too much, too soon" and risk strong resistance. Your son is still small so there's no rush, really.
One of the keys, of course, will be to keep things playful. If your son can come to associate Spanish with fun and joy, nurturing a new relationship with him in this language will surely be a more positive and productive experience for you both.
At the same time, I encourage you to seek out other speakers of Spanish, too, to fortify your own efforts. Perhaps this post can suggest some possibilities...
Landon, I look forward to following your family's bilingual journey!
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