Benefits of bilingual children

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Benefits of bilingual children

I would like to share some of the benefits that come along with raising a child bilingually. First of all, the cognitive aspect of it. The brain is working harder, therefore there is more neural connections happening. And now scientists have actually correlated a less propensity to Alzheimer's disease because of the bilingualism. So that is a great thing to consider. Then we have the cultural aspect. Children that are exposed to two languages are more likely to be open and receptive to other cultures, because it's not just the language that they're learning, they may be exposed to the other culture as well. And the third aspect is the economic aspect. Say for example, you have two college graduates with the same grade point average, with the same aptitudes and talents. However, one of them is bilingual. Who do you think will get the job? I pretty much can say the bilingual one with have more opportunities for communicating with other people, for traveling, for relating to others.
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Elsa Chahin was born in Mexico City and grew up in both the United States and Mexico, feeling at home with both cultures. She is a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) Trainer, working with professionals and parents of babies zero to three. She is a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator; as a Certified Interpreter-Translator, she collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s book Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated Magda Gerber’s videos “See How They Move“ and “Seeing Infant With New Eyes”, and the audio guide for caregivers.  Elsa is a Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, passing her Proficiency in English exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  She studied In Budapest, Hungary under the tutelage of Anna Tardos, Dr. Emmi Pikler’s daughter. She has authored several articles and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of caring for babies with respect.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikler/Loczy Fund USA. Before embarking in her career in infant development, she was a professional ballerina who continues to teach dance to little ones. Above of all, she is a joyous mom!

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