Rearing your child bilingual is a long and painstaking process, with its highs and lows, but also its rewards. What one considers as a reward is always rather subjective, however here are a few that might help you to remember to stay on course if you are currently facing lows, or inspire you if you are currently dreaming about setting up a bilingual family:
- Your child spontaneously telling you that s/he loves you in the minority language (ml).
- A native ml speaker telling you that your child speaks like any child does in the ml country.
- To observe how your child easily switches from one language to another.
- Your child using a ml word or idiom that s/he has learnt on his/her own, from another source than you.
- To teach your child to read in the ml and see how s/he grows confident and blooms into an independent reader.
- To see how your child devours ml books.
- To notice how your child hits a conversation with a ml speaker with no apprehension whatsoever.
- To obverse your child blooming in his/her 2 cultures.
- To hear your child proudly say that s/he speaks the ml.
- To obverse the development of the ml in your child.
- To see your child playing in the ml with other kids.
- When your child is identified by his/her peers (other little ml speakers).
- To share your (mother-)tongue and identity with your child.
- To observe your child communicate with his/her grandparents in the ml.
- To observe your child sharing games and giggles with his/her ml cousins.
How about you, what special moments reward your efforts to raise your child bilingual? Please share them in the Comment section.