In this post, I am going to write about bilingualism.
Both my wife and I grew up in bilingual (Chinese and English) environments and are able to speak and write fluently in both languages.
We want Asher to inherit this as there are many advantages in the workplace, during social interactions and for cultural learning.
In our interaction with young children in Singapore these days, we find that many communicate solely in English. They are able to do reasonably well in Chinese tests and examinations, but still hate or are indifferent towards the language and barely uses it in their daily lives.
Then, there are those who profess they “suck at Chinese”. It is logical to presume these children would be good at English since one should be able to master at least one language, but no, their English is equally atrocious!
From the day Asher was born, Rachel and I made the decision to teach him Chinese first. This will be harder to pick up later in life as there will be lesser opportunity to use the language, given that most children speak primarily in English these days.
Good Chinese starts from home.
He was taught his Chinese name, Yu Yi first before Asher.
When he reaches around 14 months and can start making simple speech, we realise the limitation of conversing only in Chinese to him – he is unable to communicate with other kids at the playground, especially those who are not Chinese.
This is where Rachel made the switch to converse to him in English. My wife’s language proficiency is much better than mine and it was easier for her to transit.
Now, Asher is slowly picking up some English words to converse with others. I still speak to him solely in Chinese. His grandparents too. Rachel is the only one exposing him to the English language at home. This works out to a 70-30 ratio.
It seems to be working well.
If you also believe in bilingualism, do drop me a note if you have any feedback or suggestions on raising a bilingual child. 🙂
These underwear like pants are perfect when you are potty training your baby to ditch diapers. My son, Asher, is in this phase now.
How is Pampers Active Baby Pants better compared to other diaper brands?
1. Extra locking layer – this helps lock away wetness to keep your baby dry. 2. Soft Cotton–Like Outer Cover – Soft touch with great breathability to help prevent diaper rash. 3.Soft Waist Stretch – Pampers soft stretch material to help prevent pressure marking.
4. Hypoallergenic Lotion with Aloe Vera Extract – Helps gently protect baby’s skin and reduce diaper rash. 5. Underwear-like design – Slim crotch shaped like an underwear to help your baby move freely.
I like that it is extremely thin and near weightless:
Asher has been using these for the past week now and so far so good. Despite the thinner build and lighter weight of the Pampers Active Baby Pants diapers, they work just as well, if not better than other diaper brands.
Do give them a try the next time you are buying diapers for your child. 🙂
We started Asher young, from when he was less than one year old. He was taught to gesture to us if he needed to pee or pass motion.
Later on when he learned to say simple words like “niao niao (urinate)” and “put put (pass motion”, we teach him to articulate when he needs the potty. Alternatively, we may also ask him if he need to “niao niao” or “put put” and see if he shakes or nods his head.
It helps that we bought him a small portable potty that he can mount on his own.
Currently, he is trained to use the potty before and after meals; before we go out; and when we arrive home. This builds up a routine which Asher can adjust to.
He gets lazy sometime and will refuse to use the potty even when he needs it. This is where we have to be really firm with him. Rachel’s approach will be to mollycoddle him. I will just strip him and plant him on the potty.
If he can sustain a dry diaper for a whole day, we will praise him for his effort.
When we are home, we sometimes use cloth diapers, while disposable diapers like Pampers are used exclusively when we are out.
We have been using conventional sticky-tape fastening diapers mostly. With the Pampers Active Baby Pants, Rachel and I can now experiment on getting Asher to take off his own pants to use the potty. I think Asher now knows that a soiled diaper is not something desirable. A few days ago, he pinched his nose and told my mum “chou chou (smelly)” after he soiled his diaper while they were shopping at a mall. 🙂