THINGS TO AVOID:

True Love - - PARENTING -

*Re­fus­ing to talk

Some par­ents an­swer their chil­dren only when they’re ad­dressed in the “right” lan­guage. This dras­tic ap­proach is not rec­om­mended. You should never stop com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your child. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the very essence of lan­guage. The choice of lan­guage shouldn’t be­come a bat­tle­ground or feel­ings of be­ing forced to do some­thing.

*Pre­tend­ing not to un­der­stand

Again, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is es­sen­tial for your child to learn a lan­guage. This ap­proach will suc­ceed in the short term but dis­cour­age and force your child to re­sort back to English.

*Threat­en­ing with neg­a­tive con­se­quences

You want your child to have pos­i­tive as­so­ci­a­tion with their home lan­guage. Neg­a­tive con­se­quences may leave them feel­ing de­spon­dent and re­bel­lious to­wards their mother tongue.

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