Raising a bilingual child offers some intriguing benefits for a parent. One is being gifted with children’s stories in two languages. Since my wife and I are raising our son in a “one parent, one language” household (my wife speaks to him in Japanese and I speak to him in English), he is attuned to relating things back to us in the “correct” language, even though he knows both his mother and father speak and understand both languages. This morning, I was regalled with a thrilling tale, embroidered with the kind of whole-body gesticulations of which only ten-year-olds are capable, of my son’s epic Mud Ball Battle a couple of days ago with neighborhood kids, which culminated in one particularly ill-bred boy hurling a massive mud ball into a large puddle and splashing everybody’s clothes with muddy water. My wife then walked into the room and asked what we were talking about. My son immediately launched into the same story (embroidered with the same powerhouse gesticulations), this time all in Japanese.
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