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August 30th, 2012 at 5:01 am

5 Reasons to Raise Bilingual Kids

If you’ve toying with the idea of raising bilingual children, but haven’t gotten around to it just yet, I wanted to share some very valuable information with you in an attempt to convince you. But first let me tell you that raising me bilingual has been one of the best gifts my own parents have given to me and one that has changed my life forever in so many meaningful ways.

So here are 5 reasons why you should raise bilingual children, according to the Multilingual Children’s Association::

1) It’s easier to learn another language from birth than it is during any other time in your life. Why? Not only because our brains are wired that way, but also because, in essence, a newborn baby will be learning both languages at the same time. In other words, he’ll have two first languages.

2) Bilingualism has been proven to help your child develop superior reading and writing skills. I’ve seen this with my own daughter who was taught how to read and write in English in kindergarten last year and then came home and transferred those skills to Spanish. She currently reads above grade level in both.

3) Multilingual children also tend to have overall better analytical, social and academic skills than their monolingual peers.

4) Knowing more than one language helps your child feel at ease in different environments. It creates a natural flexibility and adaptability, and it increases his self-esteem and self confidence.

5) Career prospects are multiplied many times over for people who know more than one language. Not to mention that their pay is usually much better than their monolingual counterparts. I know this one for a fact.

For more information, resources and ways to raise bilingual children, I invite you to read my forthcoming book, Bilingual is Better, which will be released Sept. 18.

Can you add any other reasons to why we should all raise bilingual kids? 

Image credit: GoodNCrazy

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.


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