Our LATISM Blog of the Day focuses on this week’s Twitter Party– we hope you join us in the conversation on THURSDAY, JULY 21 at 9pm EST (follow @LATISM, #Bilingual). — Written by our LATISM twitter-chat manager and commuity member: @melanie
There has never been a better or easier time to raise a bilingual child. Today, speaking another language is not seen as taboo, and there are more resources than ever before. The benefits of bilingualism have been well documented.
For many Latino parents like myself, raising bilingual kids is not only about the added value of what speaking a second language will do for career prospects, that’s a bonus. Being bilingual is also (and perhaps more importantly) about keeping culture alive. It is being able to speak with los abuelitos, for example.
But the reality is that raising a bilingual child in the USA is no easy task. Just as other immigrants before them, statistics show that the longer a group is in the United States, the less likely it is for the group to keep their language of origin. Especially for second and third generation immigrant parents, raising bilingual kids can be a really hard road.
Raising bilingual kids take a village! Parents cannot do it alone! Whether it is the help of other parents, a school community, or education advocates, the more people around you that support your decision to raise bilingual kids, the better!
We parents have a lot more power than we think. We can be, and are, agents of change in our communities. As parents, we have a say in the kind of education our children receive. We can become advocates for the type of education we want for our children, including bilingual education programs like a dual language program, for example.
At @LATISM’s tweet chat this Thursday, join LATISM member Diana Limongi, blogger at LadydeeLG and parent raising a bilingual child and Multicultural Kid Blogs, a community and group of bloggers dedicated to raising world citizens through arts, activities, crafts, food, language, and love. We will be discussing tips, resources and addressing many of your concerns about raising bilingual kids.
Whether you’re thinking of raising a bilingual child, or are already doing it, join us with your questions, resources and perspectives this Thursday, July 21st.
ABOUT DIANA LIMONGI
Diana Limongi is a freelance writer and blogger at LadydeeLG, where she writes about raising bilingual kids, multicultural families, working motherhood, culture and travel. She is also the cofounder of DLG Media, a multicultural media company that seeks to elevate the voices of multicultural America. Diana is a contributor to BabyCenter and Hispana Global. Her writing has also appeared on NBC News, Cosmopolitan and other outlets. She sits on the Board of L.O.V.E, Latinas on the Verge of Excellence, a high school mentoring program for Latinas in NYC, Multicultural Kid Blogs, an online community dedicated to raising world citizens, and Serious Fun Afterschool Program in Queens, NY. Diana has an MA in Migration Studies and an MPA in Nonprofit Management. She loves connecting with readers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
ABOUT MULTICULTURAL KID BLOGS
Multicultural Kid Blogs is dedicated to raising world citizens, through arts, activities, crafts, food, language, and love. MKB has over 200 members all over the world, with members from over 75 countries, and a myriad of religions, cultures and languages represented. MKB hosts blog hops and carnivals related to raising world citizens and multicultural families throughout the year. If you have a blog with multicultural family related content and are interested in joining you can go to MKB site. Connect with MKB via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
JOIN US THIS WEEK:
What: “Raising Bilingual Kids: A Bilingual Education conversation”
How: Follow @LATISM, @melanie and hashtags: #Bilingual #LATISM
When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 9pm EST