As I exercised this morning -after weeks of doing nothing- it got me thinking: “Exercising is good for me, I know it. I must make the effort to do it every day.”
The same applies to raising our children bilingually. We know it reaps many benefits and it's something we should do, but it may seem hard to make it work. Here are a few strategies I’m adapting from James Clear’s article on “3 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit” into:
“3 Simple Ways to Make Raising Your Child Bilingually work”
- Develop a ritual to make starting easier – For us, the best time to do activities is between dinner and bedtime. Having the Kids’ Candor kit in the room makes it easy to grab it, pick an activity and go. The children know is coming and they get excited for the quality time we are about to spend together.
- Start with an activity that is ridiculously small – If my children or I had a long day, keeping it simple is usually the best option. Listening to a song, reading a couple of pages in the book, or only focusing on a few words at a time are activities that require little effort.
- Focus on the habit first and the results after – Nowadays we are very used to instant gratification. It could feel like you are not making any progress after one activity, but similar to a training for a race, it takes time and dedication and you will get the results with time: the rewards are priceless.
If you want to make it happen... make it a HABIT!
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