Last year, (363 days ago to be exact) I wrote about my 2013 New Year resolutions. I conquered every resolution on the list (like a boss)… except the last one… SPEAK MORE SPANISH. Holy crap, I failed that one. I mean, unless you count this one hour conversation I had with this (amazing) man named Baltazar that Alex and I had met on our honey moon…. I failed. Okay, well, I mean, I guess I can speak spanish… when I really want to, but the whole point of the resolution was for Marlowe to not be trapped in the “I understand, but wont speak” spanish bubble that I’ve put myself in. Especially… when we live in South Florida, at a time where being bilingual (especially with spanish– here anyway) is key.
So here we are… with two days left in the New Year, opening up a spanish language program for M. Better late than never, right? I always have my apprehensions with these sorts of things— video programs— of any sort. Video time is rare for M…. I enjoy the moments where I realize it’s been a few days or a week since she’s watched a video. But like any kid, she likes her videos. And sometimes, I like (or need) a moment where she can just take a minute to sit quietly (especially now that naps don’t exist). We don’t have a tv (that’s not to say we don’t watch it– cause we do), so when we put anything on, it’s a very intentional process— not just an on/off switch. There’s a lot of obnoxious crap out there for kids (and adults) to watch and I’m happy to be able to pick and choose what Marlowe will absorb in her growing brain. I made a statement a few weeks ago that I would only be letting Marlowe watch show that were in spanish… and a few days later, when it was time to watch tv again, I completely forgot. But now? She’s begging for her “panda show”. She loves it, and so do I. Not only is it not obnoxious, but it’s almost calming, beautifully simple, and absolutely educational. It feels like those moments that she and I both need to just tune out are actually doing some (extra) good now. To be completely honest, I really, really love Little Pim and plan on getting a whole set of different languages for M now. Qui!, french will be next for this half french Canadian mama. Also, it’s always been a (completely random) dream of mine to learn Portuguese. And how awesome would it be if she could learn Chinese?!
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