Sunday, 31 May 2015
Saturday, 23 May 2015
9th. It might sound like hard work by now :). Well, it is, but also very FUN and rewarding! I enjoy reading to my kids books from my childhood, new books that I never read as a child. We use Russian as our secret language at times (better be careful with that though :)). Needless to say, my kids can have meaningful conversations with grandparents.
10th. Now we are up to the NEW CHALLENGES. Apart from teaching younger brother to read and teaching grammar to my older daughter, there are a few worries. Since my older daughter is at school and younger brother is starting preschool full time in a couple of months things could change a bit since my influence will weaken and English-speaking peers and teacher's influence will strengthen.
I'm also planning to go back to full time or nearly full time job. For kids to actively speak the minority language, they need to hear it at least 30% of the time. With full time job and other parent not speaking the language getting 30% is tough. Let's say, you have 16 waking hours a day 7 a week = total 112 hours a week. If you spend 1 hour a day in the morning and 2 hours in the evening, that's 3 h per day on week days. On the week-ends, let's say, spending 10 to 12 hours is nearly realistic. So, if counting by maximum, (3*5+12*2) /112= 39/112 we get 35%. It is theoretically realistic, provided that all you do is spending time with kids, but tough. Kids do sports on the week-ends, birthday parties, playdates, other things not involving you. Also you need to spend time with your English-speaking husband. How much time will be really left?
Working 4 days a week instead of 5 will help a lot with getting more time for language, or, perhaps, getting a flexible hours job.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
How do you manage to keep the language, and, perhaps, work at the same time? Please feel free to share in the comments.