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Sofie - posted on 03/30/2015 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm a proud mother of two delightful little angels. I'm looking to meet some like minded people and share ideas and tips about parenting :).

I look forward to getting involved and getting to know you guys. :)

Sof. x

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Sarah - posted on 03/31/2015

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Because we live in an area with a very high Hispanic population, I have pushed my kids to learn Spanish. I would say they are functional, not fluent. The older two have taken Spanish in school and that helped a lot, but proper Spanish is different from "Mexican Spanish" much the way "American English" from English in the UK. If my spouse spoke Spanish it would be easier for them to learn. Our former nanny still lives nearby and she is married to a Polish speaking man; they have two boys both are fluent in both Polish and English but they both were slow to speak conversationally.
When I speak in Spanish, all four kids understand me, but can't always respond. Polish has been trickier. They cannot read or write Polish at all, but understand a fair amount. I think even if you learn the basics of any second language when you are young, it sort of makes it easier to learn more when you are older. It is never too late to start. I spoke Polish to my grandparents and I learned Spanish in school and I spent a year in an immersion program. That really helped, I lived with a family that spoke no English at all, so it was speak Spanish or nothing.
I refer to Magda as our nanny, but she was actually an Au Pair. So she came to live with us for a year from Poland and took care of my kids. I needed live in care because we both worked in hospitals and needed weekend and nights covered. It was a great experience for us, and she and her hubby are godparents to our third child.
After we had number three, I decided to try to be SAHM. I was tired of missing out on milestones and special things. They are only little one time. So we worked a very strict budget and I stayed home for 7 years. When my fourth went to first grade I started back to work as a school nurse. It works well because my schedule matches my kids. I guess I rambled a bit, but welcome and enjoy your kiddos!

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Sarah - posted on 04/07/2015

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Exhausted, I just returned from an enormous volleyball tournament in Atlanta, 750mile drive! My 16 year old plays for a club team and they did so well. Just glad to be home!

Susannahchatzi - posted on 04/02/2015

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Hi. My trip to Ioannina was not what I expected as we left yesterday at 8 am only to return after 11 pm midnight due to our alarm system constantly going off. So ladies it was a 900 km (going and returning) I am just so tired. I was really looking forward to getting a few days away from the house. It was a nice joke the house played on us for 1st of April! lol. Anyway enough about me how are you Sofie and your precious angels doing?

How are you Sara and your kiddos doing?

Susannahchatzi - posted on 03/31/2015

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Hi Sofie. I am sorry for not replying sooner. Gosh there is a lot of apologizing between us lately:-) lol. No worries. I just lost track with all the rush and roll happening with being a mum. I hope I answered everyone.lol. Great we can learn a new language together if you like? I'll be going to Northern Greece Ioannina for a few days so don't think I have flew the coup.lol

Kisses Sofie. Good night oh no I mean good morning.12:43 it says. I need some shut eye.

Susannahchatzi - posted on 03/31/2015

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Hi Sara. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with languages. I can write and read Greek but when it comes to speaking I have problems with conjugation,the accent,etc... So I will get my stuff together and try as much as possible to teach my daughter Greek. I think Spanish,Polish and French, okay as well as Greek are nice languages ( I guess I am dragging my feet with Greek cause it's quiet hard.lol)

I appreciate that all the Greeks I met are kind to wait while I am trying to get my Greek on..ha..

Thank you once again. Kisses.

Sofie - posted on 03/31/2015

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Ha Sorry Susannah, I didn't realise. I just assumed that you were living in an English speaking country. Please accept my apologies.
My children are now 12 and 8 so I'm starting to learn Spanish with them through an audio CD class. We have it playing in the mornings when we're on the way to school and when I pick them up. I wanted them to learn a new language since they were little, but I didn't want to overwhelm them so I didn't. I meant to start it with them two years ago but it completely slipped my mind. My husband has already gone through it and speaks a little Spanish so he's already ahead of us.
Thanks Sarah, Do your children speak any other languages today?
It really is an amazing adventure, the best one anyone could possibly go on. :D
Sof. x

Susannahchatzi - posted on 03/31/2015

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Hi Sara. I was wanting to get a nanny but my husband is Greek and the rest is history.lol. Truth is we don't trust so easily when it comes to our daughter and I think it has to do with the fact that we gotten so used to doing things on our own. It's a given that the nanny idea was a good idea. Bilingualism can it be confusing for certain kids Sara? I know that toddlers that speak 2 or more languages don't speak early as those who speak 1 language...

I like your last statement about greatest adventure! Your life adventures has a nice twist to it with the language at least someone had benefited!.xxx

Sarah - posted on 03/30/2015

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Hey ladies....speaking from a long life of experience, welcome!
I advise you teach your children as many languages as you can! We are Americans and my husband speaks only English. I speak fluent Polish and Spanish. I had a nanny when my two youngest were little that spoke Polish in hopes that they would learn from her as well. Sadly, she perfected her English and my kids learned little Polish. We love her endlessly!
So here I am many years later.....speaking Polish and Spanish to students and not my family. I have an 18, 16, 13, and 10 year old. Boy, girl, boy, girl. You are all in for the greatest adventure of you life!

Susannahchatzi - posted on 03/30/2015

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Thank you so much Sofie. Sorry for not telling you, my husband is Greek and we live in Greece. I am Indian but I speak English. Thank you once again for your advice. I am also trying to learn Greek but found it difficult to attend classes after giving birth to Despinoula. So this is why I feel I need to try and fix the language situation. Last year I sent her to kindergarten school for 3 hrs everyday and her teacher told me I need to speak Greek even if it's wrong but I tried so hard.

I have so much pressure with the new language, house work , etc,. My family live in South Africa but they don't communicate with me and my husband's side no parents only aunts but no help. Some times I need some advice. I look forward spending with friends but I am always rushed even now I am typing to you. I need to go play with my koukla(doll). Anyway I am happy to hear from you. Kisses.

Sofie - posted on 03/30/2015

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Hi Shalu,

I know, it's truly amazing. They've grown up so much and I never realised I could love anyone as much as I love my two babies.

2 girls? I don't know how you manage. My girl can be a handful at times. I swear if she was the older one, I would be in real trouble lol. Luckily my beautiful baby boy helps me keep order in the house :).

In some ways, I'm dreading her teen years but I'm also looking forward to it. The mixed emotions of parenthood never end :L.

Thank you. It just pains me that so many parents go through that and believe that they're alone and a bad mother when they're not. I just hope she can get through it. :)

Sofie - posted on 03/30/2015

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Hi Susanna, I can't imagine how difficult it would be to raise a child while using 2 different languages. It must be a very difficult situation. On one hand, you want her to be able to communicate with everyone around her and be social. But at the same time, you don't want her to forget where she's come from or her heritage.

I can't speak from experience, but I would consider speaking in just English for the time being, until she's a little older and can grasp that they're two different languages. Then she'll be able to make friends but she'll still be able to talk to you and your family in Greek. I know it must be hard to let her grow up using English and not have Greek as her mother tongue, but you need to think about what will make her life easier.

A mother of one of the girls in my son's class is from Pakistan and she wanted to make sure her daughter spoke Pakistani so she never spoke English to her while she was growing up. The problem is, now she sometimes struggles in social situations because she feels pressured and just begins speaking Pakistani without realising it.

I hope this helps. I'm sure whatever you decide to do, she's going to have an amazing childhood :). She obviously has a very loving mother.

(sorry I didn't realise I had rambled on ha)

Shalu - posted on 03/30/2015

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Hi Sofie...welcome aboard.Am a mother of 2 teen girls and believe me ...its a steep climb up a gum tree.
Yes everyday is a new learning exp...having to deal with a lot of issues-some which are really trivial but matter a lot to my girls. Goes w/out saying- it takes a huge amount of patience too but it comes along with the package.

Susannahchatzi - posted on 03/30/2015

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Hi Sofie. I have a stubborn angel of 3yrs and 4 months. I really like your post! I hope to share and learn new ways to help my kiddo. Here's my problem I started speaking a little English to my daughter thinking not to get her used to speaking English so she wont have a problem speaking the dominant language Greek. Now she speaks less Greek and not a lot of English. I also noticed that she mostly speaks one word sentences but knows words in both languages. Any Ideas? N.B I also liked your post on SAHMs.

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