The reason why my son speaks a foreign language
Last time I have posted in Facebook a conversation that happened one boring night at the house. It was when my husband and I were watching a Tagalog movie “Sisterakas”, when the little boy saw us laughing and watched with us. Since he can’t understand Tagalog yet, he said “is that a Spanish movie?” that made daddy and I laugh.
It’s not laughable for some, because as a Filipino without no foreign blood at all, he is expected to speak Tagalog fluently. But daddy and I laughed because this is one of the “out of the blue moon” time that he was able to observe and speak his mind.
As early as 2 years old and 10 months, he was already seeing an Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist. It is because he couldn’t speak well compared to other kids his age. The Developmental Pediatrician told us to try to communicate with him using a language that he understands better, than 2 languages at the same time. We decided to use English because we noticed him responding to it better than Tagalog. Besides, we just use simple terms.
It is not that we are maarte or feeling sosyal parents, but it is what we think is best for him that time. Of course, we know the negative impact of that. He won’t be able to understand kids who talk to him in Tagalog and my family who are not English speaking people are forced to make an English sentence to be able to get my son’s attention. But with my son’s condition, I think there are some things to sacrifice, and this is just one of them.
Now, that he is in Preparatory class, they already have a Filipino subject. We are now teaching him Tagalog and I know unti unti maiintindihan nya din yung ibang words.
So, I just want to say, please don’t you dare judge us. If you think we have made a bad decision, I just want to say that you have no idea what you are talking about. We love our son with all our hearts and we would do everything that we know is the best for him.