Although it’s not our first language, my husband and I both speak Spanish. We actually met because of it! But, that’s a cute/ mushy story for another post. Today, I want to reach out to the blogging community for some tips/ advice about how to incorporate our love of Spanish into our baby girl’s life.
Just a little background: My husband and I both studied Spanish in college and we both lived in Spain for an extended period of time. We know how hard it can be to learn a second language as an adult (or adolescent, at least). So, we want to give our daughter a leg up and start introducing her to Spanish right now!
We’ve heard of the “one parent one language” idea- where one parent speaks to baby exclusively in one language and the other parent in the other (for example, my husband would speak to Norah in Spanish and I would speak to her in English).
I’m skeptical of this approach, though.
For one, I want to speak to her in Spanish as well! Making our home 100% Spanish is also an option, but there is something about the “mother tongue” coming from mom that seems important to me.
So basically, I’m just being difficult at this point.
We plan on reading to her in Spanish. And when she gets older I want to do activities in Spanish, things like making grocery lists or singing songs, etc.
Does anyone out there in the blogging universe have experience they’d be willing to share with bringing up baby in a bilingual home? Has anyone tried the one parent/ one language thing? Any and all feedback would be so appreciated!