ParentsWelcome to the Parents’ section of the Growing up with two languages website. Here you will find information, resources, advice, and encouragement for raising children to speak a minority language in New Zealand. The links below will take you to information pages, where you will find further links and resources for additional reading.

  • Planning: How to plan your bilingual family
  • Language practices: The way your family uses language/s
  • Bonding: The importance of bonding with your child in your own language

You may also find information in the ChildrenProfessionals, and Resources sections helpful.

Stories for parents

Below are some quotes taken from interviews carried out for the ‘bilingual teens’ ITML project. Click on ‘Read More’ to hear people talking about their experiences of speaking a minority language in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you would like to share your own experiences of raising children speaking more than one language, please contact us via our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

Chinese mother 1

I brought many Chinese books to New Zealand actually, and ...
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Chinese mother 2

As a mother, I gave her life. I was determined ...
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Dutch daughter 1

Q: What would you advise to parents when they get ...
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Dutch mother 1

When they [her children] have been in Belgium or The ...
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French daughter 1

I think for new parents, if they’re struggling with the ...
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French father 1

Well, first of all, when they were very little, it ...
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French father 2

Q: What influenced your decision to raise your children speaking ...
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German parents

P2: [Talking about why they taught their children German] I ...
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Korean daughter 1

A: On the Korean school side, I think it's not ...
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Korean mother 1

I believe that language is related to emotions and these ...
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