Cultivate A Love Of Mother Tongue: Tips from experts

Embrace mother tongue with your kids

Find out how to encourage your child in their mother tongue language through reading.

If your children love to read, but resist picking up books in their mother tongue language, you could very well be the reason.

Children are observant and will look at what their parents are reading with them or during their own leisure time, says Ms Renee Sim, 31, senior curriculum manager at EtonHouse International Education Group and mother of a 22-month-old boy.

If you are reading only English newspapers and books, it is time you included titles in your mother tongue.

Get tips from Ms Sim on how to embrace the mother tongue language with your kids by watching this video on the ST Smart Parenting site. Find out the common mistakes to avoid to raise bilingual children.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2020, with the headline 'Embrace mother tongue with your kids'. Print Edition | Subscribe