Overcoming challenges when raising bilingual children


with Patricia Zaballo

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Lorraine Ladish about the challenges of raising bilingual children.  She shares her particular struggles while also providing great advice and perspective on overcoming common challenges when raising bilingual children.


Lorraine Ladish is a bilingual author of 17 books, writer, editor, speaker and social media maven. She is the founder and CEO of Viva Fifty, a bilingual community that celebrates being 50+.  She has been the editor in chief of Mamiverse.com and a contributor to many publications!


Lorraine shares with us:

Her bilingual childhood and how everything changed for her overnight as a five year old;

How her father made the decision to switch from Spanish to English in his communication with Lorraine;

The sacrifices her father made so that Lorraine and her sister could attend an English speaking school;

The challenges she has had as a mother raising bilingual children;

The benefits she sees in attending a language school;

How languages are currently managed in her home;

The value she sees in her daughters visiting Spain;

An anecdote on her daughters and their friends got creative to communicate with children in another language;

An article she wrote on some of the  challenges of raising bilingual children;

The opportunity to connect with other multilingual families on Facebook;

Her advice for those that hesitate to speak the target language in front of others;

Her thoughts on code switching and accents!



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