Rosa - posted on 04/03/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )
Before I start ranting about my dilemma, a little background on my family. I am Mexican & my husband is Black. We have a 2 daughters, 6 & 3 & I want to know if it's too late for my 3 yr old to learn my native language, which is Spanish. I always said I'd want my daughters to know both english & spanish & when we first married, I spoke a lot of it at home but overtime, and since my husband didn't really understand me, I reverted back to English only. Lately, my parents and other relatives have been pestering about my daughters not understanding or speaking spanish.My 6 yr old understands a lot of it, but speaks it very poorly. My 3yr old however seems to not want anything to do with spanish. Everytime I try and speak spanish to her, she'll literally tell me she doesn't understand me and tells me to "stop talking like that". Also, my husband just started a new job. He is in insurance & learning spanish is a MUST for him now, which I think is amazing and he is more than willing & excited about learning it. The only solution I have, is to revert back to speaking spanish only at home and letting him do the english speaking, but again, I want to know if maybe it's just too late for my daughters to get it. Also, I'm considering switching my 6yr old to a dual-language class in school, but my husband fears she'll just fall behind in learning to read/write in English...any tips? Please? I would really appreciate it!