Bilingual Bebés on board: What to do if your family doesn't support you
Trying to raise a bilingual child when the rest of your family is not on board is not easy, but it's definitely not impossible. Maybe it's your in-laws who think your child will get confused if he's exposed to two languages at the same time. Maybe it's your own mother who doesn't see the need to introduce your child to a second language so early on. Or maybe it's your own husband who's not completely convinced it's such a great idea.
Whatever the case may be, I'm going to share some tips with you that will hopefully help with your situation.
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First and foremost, it's highly likely that your family members are not too keen on your idea of raising a bilingual child because they have heard the myths, but they haven't heard the truth. So after you explain the reason why it's important for you to expose your baby to two languages, you can share all the current studies that debunk the myths surrounding bilingualism.
Another option is to share one of the many books out there--including "Bilingual is Better," which I co-wrote--with the member of your family who is skeptical about your decision. These books are full of information and every day examples of families who are successfully raising bilingual children.
A great idea is to introduce your husband, or whomever is against your idea, to a family that has been raising bilingual children for a while just so he can see how everything is perfectly normal except that it happens in two languages.
The truth is that raising a bilingual child is not easy when you're doing it all on your own and on top of that you don't have the support of your family. Even so, it's not impossible and you shouldn't give up because more than likely your spouse, or other family member, will start changing his mind once he sees how important this is to you.