Here’s a thought worth pondering today: What’s the point of raising bilingual kids?
If you’re like most people, including me, you’re probably running through all the language learning benefits in your mind:
- Brain health
- Career advancements
- Travel opportunities
- Educational avantages
- Wellness benefits
- Social and cultural aptitude
- And more
But those benefits aren’t what this blog post is about.
You see, at the most basic level, raising bilingual kids means preparing children to be able to communicate with more people than they would’ve been able to with just one language. Certainly, knowing multiple languages opens up the world to our children.
Let’s take it deeper, though.
“Good words are worth much and cost little.” – George Herbert
What’s the point of raising bilingual kids if we aren’t first and foremost raising kind kids? If we aren’t teaching them to use communication for good?
My son going to a German immersion preschool is awesome. Me supplementing our home with a bit of additional German vocabulary and grammar is great.
Unless I guide my son’s heart and his spirit alongside his development as a bilingual child, however, I feel like it’s all in vain.
You see, I want my child to learn two languages–and then go on to learn as many others as he can and would like to.
More than that, though, I want him to be a good human to everyone he encounters.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” – Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)
There’s probably a fable or parable somewhere, in some culture, of a man who has all the knowledge there is to have but is a bad person, living an unhappy life. Parables on this topic aren’t coming to me right now, but I think you get my point.
“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” – Buddha