Is your niño confused about which language to hablar?
I’ve had this discussion with other moms many times in the past. Does speaking more than one language in front of our children confuse them? Could it delay their speech? Living in South Florida, it’s almost impossible to avoid having our children be exposed to more than one language. My husband and I tried our best to speak only Spanish with our son, in the hopes he would learn that language first and be exposed to English once he started school. That didn’t last long. We ended up speaking to him mostly in English while my parents and in-laws spoke to him in Spanish. His first few words were agua (water), bear, and luz (light).
Thankfully, he didn’t have a problem learning both languages at once. I know that’s not the case with every child. There’s a great program being offered at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital designed to help parents separate “fact from fiction” when it comes to raising a bilingual child. Speech-Language pathologist and clinical specialist, Jennifer Rodriguez Arizoategui will lead the program and answer any questions you may have. The information is below and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Hopefully, you’ll leave there feeling more confident and prepared to help your child navigate bilingualism. Hasta luego!