Co-sleeping and American Independence

So I said to my wife last night, “We’ve been married a while now.  You’re a big girl and it’s time you move to your own bed and become more independent.”  Of course, we would never say that to our spouse, not if we want to stay married to them :).  So, why do so... Read more »

Helping Your Child Expand Their Language

Do I really want to share tips on how to get kids talking more? Like our kids don’t talk enough already, right?  Just kidding. A rich oral language environment that increases oral proficiency is one of the best predictors of early childhood success, in a 1st language or any other.  As a long-time second language... Read more »

Discovering Language and Global Citizenship - North Shore Activities Next Week!

Looking for something multicultural to do next week for the kids?  Ever wondered about how to raise multilingual children who are also global citizens?  Well, good news!  There is an entire Discovery Week of great activities running at the Deerfield Barnes & Noble  from Sunday, November 16th to Sunday, November 23rd.  In conjunction with Language... Read more »

What Chinese Parents Do Better than American Ones

Did you know that the average Chinese family spends 30% of their total annual income on their children’s education?  Do you know what the bulk of American spending on children is for?  If you guessed “sports”, you’re right.  A previous Fortune 500 company I worked for actually stated they would not consider moving their education... Read more »

5 Fears of Bilingual Parents - Halloween Edition

Raising a bilingual or multilingual child isn’t easy.  Like any parent, we’re worried if we’re making the right choice, if we’re going to succeed and truly help our child.  Bilingual parent forums are filled with endless questions, doubts, and concerns.  The experts and the research says it’s the right thing to do, but it’s still... Read more »

Bicycling on Amazing North Shore Trails

One of our favorite activities to do as a family is bike around the North Shore.  While the taxes here are absolutely ridiculous, the bike trails are certainly some of the best in the country.  You can go all the way from Chicago to Wisconsin and barely bike on a road.  Plus, with the said... Read more »

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival - Chinese Contest!

It’s finally upon us.  Ever since we moved here, people have constantly been telling us how we must attend The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest.  It’s attempting for the 3rd year in a row to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most lit jack-o-lanterns displayed.  The fest starts tonight at 6pm and runs through... Read more »

What Kind of Language Program Should My Kids Take?

So you’ve made the right decision and decided to get your kids learning a foreign language. But, you need to find classes because you don’t speak one yourself. Well, what do you look for? You’re looking for two key elements – fun and immersion. And both really boil down to excellent teachers. Do you remember... Read more »

Get Your Child Learning a Foreign Language Right Now

If you don’t have a child in a foreign language program, you need to start now. Children already start shutting out unknown foreign languages by the age of 3. They lose the ability to easily identify and make unfamiliar sounds by the age of 6. And by the age of 12, foreign grammar becomes much... Read more »

Speaking to My Daughter in Chinese as a Non-native

I’m American of European descent.  My wife is Turkish.  I speak only Chinese to my 2-year-old daughter.  And, oh yeah, my Chinese isn’t great.  Sounds strange?  It certainly feels that way sometimes.   Trying to speak Chinese to my daughter at all times has not been any easy choice, especially as I’m often not confident... Read more »