Going to court in France: Part 2

Hi friends. I recently wrote about how I went to court in France, to get dual citizenship for my son, while still living in America. You can find that article here. Today, I'm sharing the story of what happened after, and why we went to court in France again, for completely different reasons. Because this…

Going to court in France : Part 1

Hi friends. For those that have walked with me these last few years, you may have heard parts of this story. I've also shared it at various speaking engagements around St. Louis. However, it has taken a long time to write this post, but only because of how raw it can still feel sometimes. I…

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How to immerse kids in a foreign language- even if you don’t speak one yourself

In a recent blog post, I mentioned the "One Parent, One Language" method for teaching a second language in the home. While a great option for many, it may be difficult to implement if, like me, you're a single parent, or alternatively, don't speak a second language, yourself. This was the situation I found myself…

Foreign language finds : Children’s books translated into French

When Ben was a baby, I knew that I wanted to speak to him in French as much as possible. The way this translated into our daily life was through our bedtime stories. However, back in 2012, access to foreign language books was much more complicated than it is today. Thankfully, today in 2019, companies…

Applying for French citizenship

It's a pretty rare thing- to feel a sense of accomplishment when dealing with the French bureaucracy. But today, as I finalize paperwork for Ben’s French citizenship, I have to step back and appreciate the "win". They happen so infrequently when dealing with a foreign legal system. I make no attempt to sugarcoat the fact…

A thought on “One Parent, One Language”… from a single parent

Do a quick Google search on raising bilingual children, and chances are, you will stumble across the phrase “One Parent, One Language”- the methodology often prescribed for teaching multiple languages in the home. The idea is relatively simple. If “mom” speaks fluent German, and “dad” speaks fluent French, then “mom” is to only speak German…

Because everybody needs an awkward first post…

I've come to the conclusion that there is nothing more awkward than the first post in a blog. You're trying to set the tone for your site, establish credibility with the reader, while maintaining the balance of being knowledgeable on the topic but still approachable. It's... a lot. So this is the part where I…