The second in our three part series on bilingualism – Millie Slavidou makes the case for bilingualism here, and in the next post, will take a look at children with special needs.
Today Millie has suggestions on how to support bilingual children, particularly in the tween and teenage years. This is a tricky age to keep them motivated, as they are often immersed in the local majority language, and may not be interested in their minority language.
We are huge fans of YouTube, and the educational benefits for kids. Here’s a great way to spend an afternoon – take one of our #12women books, and search YouTube.
Obviously, you won’t find interviews with Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, because VikingTube didn’t exist, but there are fascinating stories out there, waiting to be discovered. We’ve compiled a child friendly playlist here.
Watch this inspiring interview with Mae Jamison, first female astronaut of colour
What happens after maternity leave, when you know you don’t want to return to your old job? Milla was in this situation, and explains in our Adventures in Parenting series, how she made up her mind, and what she intends to do next.
One of the members of our Facebook group posted this excellent blog on the ‘mean girls’ scenario, that we are told is all just a part of girls being girls.
In a discussion afterwards, we talked about encouraging sisterhood in teens, and how to introduce the concept to girls, so that they start supporting each other rather than seeing themselves as competitors. Here are Jayne’s tips:
I know that some people sneer at them, but I do love a good inspirational quote. You know the ‘memes’ that are shared on social media, a photo with text superimposed on it. But some memes make me grit my teeth and click [hide] on Facebook. And not just the ones that ask me to click [like] to help save children with cancer (who believes this crap anyway?!). No, I have a real problem with self-confidence memes.