Hello! Hola! Bonjour! 你好！
I’m so excited that you’re here! This is my first blog but definitely not my first experience with helping parents just like you who are raising (or want to raise) their kids to be multilingual world changers, but...
...before we get to that, let me tell you a little bit about me :)
I remember being so fascinated with languages. I would try to learn German from an outrageously outdated textbook that I had found at the public library and watched in awe the few times that I witnessed others speaking languages other than English in public (it wasn’t a very diverse town).
When I was in high school, I took 3 or 4 years of French (I don’t remember exactly) and I still struggled. I tried taking a French class in college but quit after day 1 because I was so lost. They placed me in that class based on my high school experience, but I didn't understand a word the professor said. There had to be an easier way.
When I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 2009, I was licensed to teach elementary school grades k-5, special education for kids ages 5-26, English as a Second Language and Spanish as a Foreign Language. The teacher training and special education training gave me a solid foundation in child development while the language teacher training gave me a solid foundation in childhood language development.
After I got my first job as a bilingual special education teacher, which happened to be at that same school I had toured a few years earlier, I did post graduate work in bilingualism and applied linguistics to acquire my teaching license in bilingual education.
I’ve been a professional in the fields of education and languages/linguistics ever since. Child development and language acquisition are my jam! I’ve combined the 2 areas of expertise to raise my own kids with 5 languages (3 of which I don’t even speak myself!) and to also create a really fun and successful local language program for young kids.
While you’re here, you’ll find answers to all of your questions about multilingual parenting including what to expect, how to succeed, how to handle those times when things don’t go as planned and you’ll probably find a few answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. I absolutely love researching so you know you'll find reliable, up-to-date information.
Raising kids who are multilingual can be difficult. I’ve been there. I didn’t know what to expect. What if I make a mistake? What if they get confused? When should I start? How do I make sure they get what they need for each language? What if I put in all of this work and they never learn the language? The anxiety is real! We all want the same thing though, what’s best for our kids. But how do we do that? That’s exactly why I’m here to help!
If you’re a parent raising your kid(s) with more than one language, planning to in the future or even just thinking about it, then you’re in the right place because we’re going to cover all of this and more.
Let’s connect! I want to know what's working for you and what's not. What questions do you have? Comment on posts, join me for a conversation in our Facebook group or email me directly here. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Hey! I'm Bridgette, wife, homeschooling mama of 3, entrepreneur, Michigan native and coffee addict extraordinaire. I love photography, travel, teaching, crafting and Saturday afternoon movies with the family. I'm a former bilingual special education teacher who left public school teaching to homeschool my own multilingual kids. I use my professional knowledge of child development & language acquisition along with my own personal experiences to help other parents navigate their own family's multilingual journey.