November article for the Parents centre newsletter
This photo was taken at Volendam while
we were in Holland last year
We’re also going to go to a Dutch playgroup so John can play with other children and hear them speak Dutch as well as sing songs and take part in traditional Dutch holidays and festivities. I’m trying to incorporate as many Dutch traditions along with the English ones so John has a good basis of both cultures and thus languages. John has a Dutch passport and so being able to speak Dutch will open a lot of doors for him when he is older. We read Dutch and English books together and sing songs in both languages; his favourite one happens to be a Dutch song. If you happen to have a bilingual household I think it’s a fantastic gift to pass your native language and culture onto your children. Speaking for myself they will thank you later in life.