I struggled writing this post. Do I tell the truth? That sometimes keeping up with Chinese in our home is exhausting. On my blog, I make it seem as if all is hunky-dory and that the kids jump for joy when we have Chinese time. But, there are times when the kids get home from school and they want nothing to do with Chinese — and yet we do it. I know that spending a little bit of time every day on a focused goal leads to great results (see my blog post about The Slight Edge here), but doing something every day can be taxing.
Why do I write this blog? Because it forces me to keep going. It holds me accountable to keep trying new things with my kids in Chinese. It forces me to not just give up. It is like a friend that you meet for that run. You don’t want to cancel on her because you know that she is out there waiting for you. It would be easy to just give up.
The idea of The Slightest Edge is simple — every day you work on your goal (your child speaking a second language/ losing weight/ adding meditation to your life) with dedication and discipline — it will lead to massive success!
What about for you?
- Start a blog (even if you share it just with your family) detailing your experiences with second language learning.
- Make a goal buddy where you share every day or every week what you are doing in that second language with your child.
- Find a friend who is doing the same second language as you are and set up a sharing system where you each need to come up with something creative to do with your kids and share it with each other every Monday.
- Create a second language journal where you write about your experiences, challenges, lessons learned when teaching your kids a second language.
- Set up a language exchange with a friend who also speaks your target second language and take turns teaching the kids. This way all of the pressure is not just on you. You can set up a system where the kids get a creative lesson with you one day a week and your friend another day that week.