Even the most loving parents may become tearful when their child does not respond in one of the parents’ languages. The worst choice is to abandon one language. That does the child no short- or long-term favors at all. At its worst, it abandons the chance of bilingualism in the future. The best choice is for the parent to continue to use his or her preferred language, even if the child does not respond in that language. The child is still becoming bilingual, or at least very ready to be actively bilingual.
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