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Forum: Multicultural Families   10-09-2013, 09:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,344
Posted By Eclipsepearl
I'm in the same boat.    It's kind of a long...

I'm in the same boat. 
 
It's kind of a long story but we live in France and found a French name, similar to my father's since my dad's name won't work here. It was similar to an Israeli name that...
Forum: Multicultural Families   08-21-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 632
Posted By Eclipsepearl
Quite frankly, those are unjustified...

Quite frankly, those are unjustified accusations. I would suggest you have more of an open mind, especially how it relates to living abroad. Also, I was a little confused by this statement that you...
Forum: Multicultural Families   08-21-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By Eclipsepearl
I didn't teach my children anything at home....

I didn't teach my children anything at home. They started pre-school here in France at age 3. They're in a French-German program and learned those two writing systems first. Then they got interested...
Forum: Multicultural Families   07-05-2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 632
Posted By Eclipsepearl
They sound like classic "Third Culture Kids" in...

They sound like classic "Third Culture Kids" in the true sense of the idea. 
 
I do think there's a difference between families who have to move due to work or other pressing reasons and those who...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-22-2013, 07:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 632
Posted By Eclipsepearl
You can introduce a third language. I'm just...

You can introduce a third language. I'm just saying that moving a child between ages 5 and 10 might be a lot tougher than you think it will be. Your children will be settled into their schooling,...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-16-2013, 03:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 632
Posted By Eclipsepearl
Are you waiting to see what happens back in...

Are you waiting to see what happens back in Spain? if the economy gets better?
 
I would recommend doing the move within the next 5 years. Moving older kids can get complicated. Easier to do it so...
Forum: Family Safety   05-25-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,773
Posted By Eclipsepearl
I have three children and have never left them...

I have three children and have never left them alone in the car. I don't have any family to help me and my dh travelled a lot with work. Honestly, I didn't find it that difficult. Sometimes a pain...
Forum: Multicultural Families   05-13-2013, 05:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By Eclipsepearl
They recount stories in English, even when their...

They recount stories in English, even when their English isn't as good. I want to hear what they have to say. I'm not out to correct every word. In fact, one of my problems is that the older ones...
Forum: Multicultural Families   05-13-2013, 05:00 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,387
Posted By Eclipsepearl
For the record, I've never forced my children to...

For the record, I've never forced my children to speak English. I did have to prod my son to speak it when he was a toddler. He tried answering me in French. I'd do things like pay less attention to...
Forum: Multicultural Families   05-05-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,387
Posted By Eclipsepearl
That's interesting. My oldest tried this when he...

That's interesting. My oldest tried this when he was younger and couldn't speak my language (English) very well. But now, none can imagine speaking to me in anything else. I would take it lightly,...
Forum: Family Safety   05-05-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Eclipsepearl
Statistically, you're safer in a train than in a...

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...
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-20-2013, 07:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By Eclipsepearl
Start with this series;   ...

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. 
 ...
Forum: Family Safety   03-11-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
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Views: 383
Posted By Eclipsepearl
(((Hugs))) What a story! What a nightmare...  ...

(((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...
Forum: Multicultural Families   02-27-2013, 01:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 977
Posted By Eclipsepearl
So your British MIL wanted you to speak French...

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...
Forum: Multicultural Families   02-17-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,338
Posted By Eclipsepearl
How old is your baby?    It's great that you...

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...
Forum: Multicultural Families   02-17-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 977
Posted By Eclipsepearl
That's confusing. I find it hard to believe that...

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...
Forum: Multicultural Families   02-12-2013, 11:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,338
Posted By Eclipsepearl
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Tynka http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Multicultural Families   02-12-2013, 11:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 977
Posted By Eclipsepearl
That was confusing. How does a child "drop"...

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...
Forum: Multicultural Families   01-21-2013, 01:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 620
Posted By Eclipsepearl
Take them to the park. Invite friends over....

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...
Forum: Multicultural Families   01-21-2013, 01:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By Eclipsepearl
My children are stronger in French but never use...

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...
Forum: Family Safety   01-21-2013, 01:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By Eclipsepearl
I haven't been to India in ages. I would...

I haven't been to India in ages. I would recommend visiting a travel website for more information. Get destination-specific tips from people who have been there recently. 
 
Talk to your ped about...
Forum: Family Safety   11-10-2012, 06:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By Eclipsepearl
 Would a Ride Safer Travel Vest be a solution?

 Would a Ride Safer Travel Vest be a solution?
Forum: Multicultural Families   11-08-2012, 01:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 553
Posted By Eclipsepearl
Just a quick word on caregivers. Often they...

Just a quick word on caregivers. Often they aren't good about speaking their native language with the child, even when they don't speak the community language. When they're alone with the child,...
Forum: Multicultural Families   09-13-2012, 11:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,338
Posted By Eclipsepearl
My three kids learned at totally different...

My three kids learned at totally different paces. My oldest didn't talk till 2 1/2 then mixed endlessly. My two girls never tried to speak to me in French. One was very advanced and one, more like...
Forum: Multicultural Families   09-13-2012, 09:20 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,338
Posted By Eclipsepearl
I guess I feel strongly about having the...

I guess I feel strongly about having the differences between children acknowledged because I think it's easy for parents to think, "Well that approach worked for this other person's child so it will...
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