There are endless benefits of encouraging your children to become bilingual. If you think it’s all about the job (Which is also important; I mean, we don’t want your kid to starve!) It’s NOT. Becoming bilingual, especially in Spanish, is sure to get your child a raise, and help them not be overlooked when it comes to competition, but that is only one of the great benefits for them!
They will be more intelligent; juggling two languages grows your brain. They will be more compassionate through understanding minorities, differences, and learning to respect other cultures. Their worldview will expand knowing they could live anywhere and get by, they can travel without getting lost, and that they are capable of sticking through something. Finally learning that they are fearless enough to talk to strangers or continue past failures are hugely important life lessons that languages teach!
These are just some of the incredible benefits that getting your child started and interested in language will do for them. Keep encouraging. Keep helping them enjoy the process while striving forward. This is the delicate balance of life. Your child will thank you for encouraging them to be bilingual and I promise you won’t regret it.
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!