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View Diary: On Raising My Children To Be Free -- Free To Leave The U.S.A. (275 comments)

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  •  Good luck to you and yours. (0+ / 0-)

    Personally I would never dream of having my kids learn or master another language while they're still barely learning English. Especially in this economy.

    I wouldn't call it child abuse, but it's somewhere between that and being a responsible parent, depending on the specifics.

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    by dov12348 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:30:32 AM PST

    •  Learning two languages when you're little (6+ / 0-)

      is no big deal. Little brains are set up for that. My three-year-old granddaughter knows how to throw temper tantrums in two languages--and switches from "Papa" and "Mama" to "Daddy" and "Mommy" when she does it.

      If it's natural in your family, it's natural for your kid. The problem comes with literacy. The parents have to know how to read and write in both languages, too, and teach their children.

      In our family, I wasn't specifically wanting the next generation to leave the country. I just wanted to pass along the family heritage of being a citizen of the world, the way I felt as a kid.

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