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Statistically, you're safer in a train than in a car, even if your child isn't restrained. Safer than being restrained in a car.   Trains are large and have their own tracks so there's little interaction with other vehicles. If there is, the train is more likely to "win" and absorb any impact.    A train never reaches the speeds that an aircraft does on the runway. The most important times for a child to be strapped into a car seat on a plane are take-off and...
Start with this series;   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhcLYqlqyD8   The Petit Ours Brun is actually a book series so try to locate a few.    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Petit+ours+brun   My daughter loves these books but start with the Petit Ours first. There are also Youtube videos you can watch with...
(((Hugs))) What a story! What a nightmare...    I'm typing this with a left hand with scars. At age three, I grabbed a box of matches and lit one. Scared, I dropped it on my nightgown.    My doctor father and nurse mother grabbed me and fully clothed, she jumped in the shower with me in cold water. Their medical backgrounds helped them know what to do-cool the burn. After a few minutes, wet, they jumped in the car and rushed me to the emergency room. I'm not out...
So your British MIL wanted you to speak French with her son so that he could learn it? Yes, that would be awkward but at least her heart was in the right place. It was probably her way of being supportive.    If you're surprised about my MIL, here's another one. My mom in California works for a Mexican-born doctor. This doctor tells me that I should wait until my children are 2 to start speaking to them in English. Luckily, I'm very fond of this man and can joke with...
How old is your baby?    It's great that you communicate in "whatever feels right" but you might find that means that Greek is not getting a lot of exposure.    It can be hard to be the only one speaking the language with a child. I'm my children's only consistent source of English. I spoke French and lived in France before meeting my French hubby. Sometimes I have to force myself to speak English, especially in the beginning. It's not just what I feel like...
That's confusing. I find it hard to believe that a child with a native speaking parent, and early exposure, could find it difficult. What an awful struggle he's been through!   No, not all children will be as "bilingual" to the same degree. I have one dd who speaks all three without an accent. People are divided about the other two in English. My theory is that they don't have "accents" but they make non-native errors in it, like putting the color first. I notice...
  You need to put yourself on a three-week Lithuanian "diet". This is simply habit. I know. My dh can't speak English and I live in a part of France where English is rarely heard. I was living and working in France before and I had to really think about it. But once the habit is set, there's no looking back.    Give yourself the goal of three weeks so that you're not beating yourself up or feel pressurized.    Vocabulary building is your long-term challenge. It doesn't...
That was confusing. How does a child "drop" their "mother tongue"? You would have to explain the situation.    I don't give my kids the option to choose the language they use with me. When the oldest was a toddler, he tried to speak to me in French. I would be disinterested, "mis"understand, ask him why he was using "Papa's language" with me or even ignore him. Must admit, I really didn't do the last one a lot, only if I were walking by or in another room... So the...
Take them to the park. Invite friends over. Expose the children to English but it's not necessary to speak it yourselves to them.    Children learn from other children really well! They also play together without the language barrier. I saw my child mixing with a Catalon/Spanish speaking girl and another German girl. They couldn't speak together but played for hours well. It was cute to watch!   Not sure if this is in the cards but preschool might be a good idea....
My children are stronger in French but never use it with me. My dh doesn't speak English and I lived and worked in France before meeting him. Our kids only use English with me.    If they are frustrated, mad or whatever, they speak to me in English.    Out in the community, I use English with my kids. It's not rude. It's not awkward. Sometimes we're mistaken for tourists but at the school, with friends, family, etc. they're used to hearing our exchanges in...
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