Our bilingual journey continues as the kids visit grandma and grandpa and hear everyone speak Spanish, Spanglish and English. My father speaks Spanish and just recently I realized he has been asking Spanish questions about feelings to the kids. He will ask how they are or how they are feeling. They have begun to associate feelings with words all in Spanish.
I noticed my son upset I wasn’t sure if he was frustrated or angry. I made it a point to ask in Spanish. I made faces and used my hands before translating to English. I was surprised he was able to understand and said I am not angry! He might have been lying about his feelings but he gave me a response he would have told me had I asked in English anyways.
I now make it a point to ask how my kids are feeling randomly throughout the day. It’s hit or miss but I continue to expose them to the language.
Here are 10 Spanish questions about feelings you can try too!
What are some of your kid’s common feelings?
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