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My child insists on talking to me in English. How can I help her maintain her native language?

It requires time, persistence, and creativity. Some parents speak to their child only in their native language, even if their child responds in English. Other parents send their children to afterschool programs to learn more about their native language. You can also create routines to help your child maintain her native language — from outings with family members to watching movies and reading books in your native language.

Excerpt from “Talking with Children.” Reprinted with permission from PBS Parents .

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