The Benefits of Talking to your Bilingual Children

Want to know my favorite trick for increasing the exposure with my kids to Spanish?

I talk about my day, all day every day!

You have heard me talk about playing with your child a lot.  And playing is my go to “activity.”

But talking about my day is how I fill in time with my little ones when I do not have the luxury of sitting down and playing with them.

  • Benefits of Talking

Here are the facts about talking to your kid when you go about your day.

You will expose your kids to 1,000 to 2,000 words EVERY hour!

Think about that for a minute!

Sometimes we are working so hard at figuring out what we should and should not do.  What we should invest on and what we should not invest on.

And yet talking with your children as you simply go about your day will expose them to 1,000 to 2,000 words a day.

That is simply AMAZING!!

Even better, is that you are exposing your kids to grammar as well.  They will hear you saying the words and putting them together in sentences so it is a win win for everyone.

Don’t over think it, start talking with your kiddos as you about your day and see what impact it has.

  • Building on the talk

For most of us, the goal is to have children actively speaking the target language. To do that, we have to build on the benefits of talking to them.  We want them to also talk to us!

As you go about your day, see if there are some natural ways to create conversation.

Let’s say you are cooking for example.  Talk about what you are making but ask your child to join in. Ask them questions about what you are doing and try to create a dialogue back and forth about your every day tasks.

This will just add an additional layer to what your children are hearing and create a need for them to use the language.

Remember that exposure and need go hand in hand.  As bilingual parents we need to constantly work on creating that balance.  But sometimes creating that balance can be as simple as talking as you go about your day.

So who is up for the challenge?

Can you identify some times with your kid are with you and you can talk about your day?

I have challenged myself and noticed that I can probably talk a bit more about my day after I pick up my daughter from school.

Usually, I am peppering her with questions about what she did and did not do that day.  Sometimes she is up for telling me other times she just tells me that she doesn’t remember.

I am going to talk about what I am doing and what I am seeing as I drive to fill in for those times where she is feeling her less talkative and try to solicit more natural conversations on our car ride home.

I’d love to know what you come up with and where you too will introduce more talking about your day with your bilingual kids.

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