Not sure where to start? You can start by either:

  1. … watching Ilana Shydlo’s online workshop: Introduction to How to Raise a Bilingual Child. This video is jam-packed with tons of tips, strategies, and useful information about raising bilingual/multilingual kids for parents of young children. The most common initial questions asked by most parents raising bilingual children are answered in this introductory video!
  2. Or, you can start by working together with your friendly bilingual/multilingual parenting expert Ilana Shydlo to get personalized recommendations on raising bilingual children. Together, we will create a plan outlining the best methods and strategies for your family’s unique language situation. Various consultation options are available if you are looking for a customized experience:

Initial Consultation

This is a 60 minute initial consultation one-to-one with a bilingual parenting expert via Skype.

Since this is a one-time session, The Initial Consultation is perfect for families who want personalized advice, but have not yet decided how many sessions total they will need. Follow-up sessions can be added on an as-needed basis.

During the consultation, we’ll discuss long-term bilingual/multilingual goals that are a good fit for your family, and I’ll answer any questions you may have.

We’ll talk about ideas and strategies that will be both effective and realistic to do in your family’s everyday life. The information discussed during the consultation gets written up into a customized Family Language Plan for you.

Your Family Language Plan is a customized 1-page document that you receive which clearly lays out the following:

  • Your family’s goals for each language
  • Which language(s) each adult in your life will speak with your children
  • Ideas and links to useful resources
  • Specific bilingual parenting tips and tricks that are customized your family’s unique situation, taking into account your location, language goals, and children’s ages and interests   

Consultation Plus

This includes everything offered in The Initial Consultation column, plus hands-on help with researching the components of your Family Language Plan in order to facilitate the implementation of its components. I will use my expertise to do the legwork of organizing the details of the Family Language Plan on the ground.

Examples include (but are not limited to) helping you identify specific places of language learning, such as local schools, summer camps, or extracurricular activities, and researching specific language learning tools that would be best for your family, such as specific books, games, videos, or computer programs.

Event Speaker

I am available for speaking engagements at schools or other venues. I give presentations either geared towards parents on the topic of how to raise bilingual children, or tailored towards educators, i.e. professional development on the topic of supporting bilingual children in a school setting.

Please contact me for rates. In your message, please describe your language goals for your family, and please include some background information about your family’s language(s).