Bilingual Parenting Home

Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet the Boudreault-Grzeszczak’s

 

Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting JourneyI’ve teamed up with my talented mamá friend Joanna from LazyMomsBlog.com. She loves to cook, bake and craft. This mama has some pretty delicious home-made ice cream recipes up on her blog. Hurry, summer is not over yet!

Today, Joanna opens up about the wins and struggles of teaching her two sweet girls French and her mother tongue, Polish.

TMO: Tell us a little about yourself and family.

Joanna: My name is Joanna, I’m a wife to my best friend and a mom of two sweet girls, Lili and Rose. I’m a writer and content creator at LazyMomsBlog.com, and I’m passionate about interior design and mindful living. I love sharing parenting tips from my psychological perspective, yummy recipes and fun lifestyle ideas.

TMO: What made you decide to teach your children a second language or multiple languages? Describe how you feel it will benefit them down the road.

Joanna: I grew up in Poland and moved to Canada when I was 25 years old, so it was only natural for me to speak Polish to my kids. My hubby is French Canadian, and we live in Montreal, so most of our everyday life happens in French.

But I also truly believe that learning a new language stimulates general development, empathy, and creativity! As a child learns different metaphors he’s also learning different ways of thinking and looking at world in general. ( Not to mention the academic/ carrier/travel /meeting people benefits of speaking multiple languages!)Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting Journey

TMO: Does your significant other also speak more than one language at home? If so, do you feel it has helped your child in learning another language?

Joanna: My hubby speaks French to kids, and sometimes we speak English between the two of us. So our older daughter is definitely very motivated to learn English and understand our whispers!

TMO: What are some roadblocks/struggles you’ve encountered along the way?

Joanna: At the very beginning it was a bit difficult to be the only person speaking Polish to our first baby, but then I got on track by singing, constantly talking and ended up with a very talkative little girl. With my second daughter, the story is a bit different, as it’s her older bilingual sis that speaks mostly French to her when they play. So my second one speaks more French than Polish at the moment, but I’m definitely not giving up on her!

Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting Journey

And how cute are these little ladies??!

TMO: What’s a tip you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult?

Joanna: I believe that kids will always try to facilitate their life, so if a parent mixes languages while speaking to a child, the kid will pick the language that is more common and won’t speak the minority language. That’s why my most important tip is : stick to one and only one language while talking to/with your kids! Don’t switch! And don’t worry that others don’t understand you. You can explain to family and friends why you’re doing this bilingual thing. But most importantly, be consistent and patient, and it will pay off!

A big thank you to Joanna for sharing a little about her bilingual parenting journey! It is so hard to teach kids multiple languages but we got this! Have you tried Joanna’s suggestion to stick with one language while speaking to your children? Particularly the minority language? Such a great idea. Way to go mama!

To find out more ways and tips on how to raise bilingual children, stop by Joanna’s blog here: LazyMomsBlog.com

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

    2 COMMENTS

  • Danielle August 18, 2016 Reply

    I’m obsessed with this journey you guys are on. I think someone needs to teach me another language too. Joanna I love your view on only speaking one language to your kids. Couldn’t agree more, as an educator you want your students to have a solid base in their native language that comes from home!!!

    much love-

    danielle

    momwifefoodie.com

    • themotheroverload August 20, 2016 Reply

      Thanks Danielle! It’s never too late to learn one mama. I’m adding Italian to the mix. It’s a bit similar to Spanish so hopefully the girls can pick it up quickly. We’ll start with spaghetti. 🙂

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • “Smoochie poo” that’s what they call each other when they’re loving one another. I won’t tell you what they call each other when they’re not. 😆🤣 But in all seriousness, sibling love is truly the greatest and sweetest thing to witness. Watching these moments sure makes up for all the #momlife rough days.  #happyvalentinesday 😘 #everydayshouldbevalentines #siblinglove #hermanas #siblings #valentines #valentinesday2019 #sisterslove👭
  • Spending adult time and accidentally #twinning with my love makes my heart skip a beat. 🥰 Oh and chocolate 🍫 lots of chocolate. 🤣
.
Are you going out and joining the crazy crowds tonight or staying in? It’s pouring raining ☔️🐱🐶 here in Southern CA...not use to all the rain we’ve been getting.🤪 We’re definitely staying in and having a candlelit dinner with the kiddos 🕯. Shout out to @thewicklowproject for the idea. 😘👌 📸 @lilyro_ 💕 #valentines #miamor #mylove #valentinesday2019 #valentine #twinningthursday #twinningiswinning #lovewins #february14
  • #ad Self-care is so important, but hard for us mamas to stay on top of, right? One of the things I’m focusing on this year is my skin. I’m excited to share that I’ll be using the Performance Peel AP25 from @exuviance - it helps provide an all-over healthy glow, refine pores, improve clarity, firmness, suppleness and smoothness to skin. I’m doing the #MyAHAPeel Challenge over the next 6 weeks and I want you to join me! .
.
The #Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 can be used 2x a week and only takes 15 minutes - super easy to do. Let’s all start this together! Go to the link in my bio to sign up. Purchase the peel and,enter our promo code “themotheroverload” at checkout. You’ll receive a FREE Get Glowing Facial Collection (a $45 value), a FREE Probiotic Lysate Anti-Pollution Essence sample, AND FREE shipping! 🤗 #peelchallenge #iworkwithexuviance
  • #ad Mommy daughter dates at our local playground are a must nowadays.  Mia and I are loving the new @kashi by Kids Organic Super Food Bites to take on our mommy daughter dates! Our favorite is the Chocolate as we're chocoholics at heart. Have you guys tried them yet? .
These food bites are delicious and peanut-free made with a blend of super food ingredients like chickpeas and coconut flour in two delicious flavors: Mixed Berry and Chocolate. And I'm also loving that they're perfect for on-the-go. .
This entire product line of snacks and cereals by Kashi created by Kids for kids, is organic, has no artificial flavors or preservatives – and offers up plant-based nutrition in kid approved flavors. Did I mention that each pouch contains 10g of whole grains, 3g of fiber and 8-9g sugar? #AwesomeTogether https://izea.it/aVsL7G5
  • ¡El Amor Gana! Love wins! 💞
.
.
Happy #Galentines & #Valentines Day week! Do you guys do anything special for your kiddos? Every year I get them a little something to open plus a card. The hubby gets them a rose and a stuffed animal w/ candy. 🤪 All the sugar rush. .
.
Funny thing is Lexi got to open a few things I’m adding to their #valentine bags while we were unboxing. She kept telling her sis Mia all about it when she got home from school. But Mia had no idea what little sis was talking about. 😂 So Lexi got first dibs this time around. Check our stories to see. And how cute are these tees??🤩 #ad @dmodamia 📸 @lilyro_
  • Best day ever! 💦 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 First time visiting and we all had a blast!! .
.
In honor of #NationalPizzaDay 🍕we were invited to learn all about the new @GreatWolfLodge Junior Chef Council 🐺👩🏼‍🍳plus cook one of the items off of their new kids menu — a mouthwatering pizza burger! 🍔🍕So good! Created by chef @catcora ‘s son Jonah which were there to tell us about the thoughts behind this creation. See all the fun BTS on our stories. .
.
And we definitely recommend the 🐾 paw pass for the kiddos. It gives you access to their best special attractions and even a FREE stuffed animal and wand. 🙌 #ad #greatwolflodge #nationalpizzaday #pizzapizzapizza #pizzapizza #kidsmenu
  • Throwing it back to #Valentinesday2018 because this pic and glasses. 😊🥰 I think we’ve been missing a pair of these shades ever since then. 🙈😆 Why can’t they go a day without losing hair bows and pretty much any kind of accessory? 🤪#wheresthelostandfound #girlmomlife .
.
.
#valentinesday #valentinecard #valentine #valentines #valentinesday2018 #bemyvalentine #valentines_day #february14th #valentinesdayideas #feb14th #valentines2019 #momofgirls #girlmommy #girlmomma #hermanas #sisterlove
  • “I like the way you roll” Zoom in. Get it? 😂🍣🍱 #AD The cutest #SushiRoll classroom valentines from @minted. 🥰 Scroll to see a s’mores one too. I love that you can personalize them and their matching stickers too. Swipe to see👀. ➡️
.
Be sure to put your order in today and get priority mail so that you receive your classroom valentines cards by 2/13. Also, if you’re looking for a perfect little something for your kiddos teacher, this personalized monthly journal is awesome. 🤩 Check out our stories to see everything we ordered. ❤️#MintedValentines .
.
#valentinesday #valentinecard #valentine #valentines #valentinesday2018 #bemyvalentine #valentines_day #february14th #valentinesdayideas #feb14th #valentines2019 #classroomvalentines