Getting schooled

Every parent must dread the point in their lives when their children start to outpace them in some way. Maybe in an athletic sport, or in an understanding of some new technology. JM remembers setting up the VCR for his parents as a teenager, because he was the only one who understood where all the cables went in and out.

For us, this moment has already arrived with our three year old.

Sometimes we speak Chinese to him at home, just to reinforce the language he spends the rest of the time speaking outside. But at this point, he’s started being the one to reinforce OUR Chinese.

JM in Chinese: "Leo, don’t eat too much candy. Your stomach will pain."

Leo in Chinese right back: "My stomach will hurt."

How does it feel to know that you have to watch what you say to your own three year old, lest you be corrected? We now know how it feels. Ouch.

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3 Responses to “Getting schooled”


  1. 1 Mom Falk January 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Very important at this point to teach appropriate and courteous ways to “teach” your elders or any others when needed—-without arrogance or pride and with a true and sincere understanding that we are all learners here—-what a great insight and moment of truth such times can be for all parents or teachers everywhere. And it helps to inform little siblings so that they don’t “Lord it over” one another and use knowledge to dominate instead of instruct when relating to others. What do others think along these lines?

  2. 2 Becca G. January 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    lol! He can do ALL of my speaking for me when I come! lol! :o)

  3. 3 Lucie February 2, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    So many American immigrants have this experience when their children begin speaking English better than they do. Children have such a capacity to learn language! I am sure that Gabriel will correct my Spanish and his dad’s English! 🙂 Love you four!


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