It seems like my year-and-half old daughter learns a new word daily.
The other day at dusk I carried her in the backyard and she pointed to the sky. Mooooon, she said clear as day. One recent morning she repeated after my wife, Maaccc. That's the cat's name. It's really amazing to watch her learn.
But the more I hear her speak new words, the guiltier I feel none of them are in Spanish.
I grew up speaking Spanish with my parents and family. I consider it a blessing to be bilingual. And I want to pass the language on to my daughter. Since my wife speaks little Spanish, the responsibility falls to me. I'm making an effort to speak to her more in Spanish. And my wife and I have talked about getting her enrolled into a bilingual program soon.
Still, I wonder if that's enough and what else we could to do short of having abuelita move from New Jersey to Florida.