Although the benefits of raising bilingual and bi-cultural children would always be positive, it is good to mention the most common myths or concerns
Parents who for one reason or another reside in a country that is not their own, who do not speak the language of that country as their mother tongue, and who want to inherit their language and culture to their children might have concerns when thinking about bilingualism for their families.
Additionally, families with none Spanish background and considering starting a journey of a second language might also have concerns, is it possible? how can we do it? and many other questions. For some inspirations please read here for successful stories.
Although the benefits of raising bilingual and bi-cultural children would always be positive, it is good to mention the most common myths or concerns:
The use of two languages will be confusing for children, who will end up mixing them.
Speaking another language causes problems/delays in children's language development
If they are not taught another language from birth, then it is too late. Don't rush, children can learn another language when they are older.
Bilingual Kids Have Learning Disabilities, some kids can't read and write in one language, let alone two!
Apparently, the only drawback of bilingualism seems to be that, unlike monolingual children, bilingual children tend to have a smaller vocabulary in each of the languages they speak. But the truth is that the advantages discovered in each of the myths mentioned above are well worth the sacrifice of a fewer words!
In the coming weeks we will be talking about these myths and how you can successfully start your journey or continue it.