My name is Elise, I'm French and I have 2 daughters (Mina, 8 and Layla, 4).
I haven't been on Ivillage for years, I was in the expected groups and playgroups a long time ago.
I was married to an American and lived in Los Angeles for 6 years, Mina was born there and we left the US (when the father and I seperated) when she was 3 1/2, and I was pregnant with Layla, at the time Mina was fluent in English, she was an early talker and spoke very well, and didn't really speak French, she just understood some but that's about it, I had a very hard time speaking French to her, but then when we arrived in France, she refused to speak English as soon as her French was good enough (within 2 months), I would speak English to her and she would just ignore me so I started speaking French to her more and more and it came pretty naturally when we were around people. I tried to speak English to Layla but it was too hard to keep up because of the French surrounding and because of Mina's refusal to speak English. Anyways, I beat myself up over that regularly, it's so stupid for them not to be able to speak English as they are also americans, Mina still understands a little bit, she has some English classes at school when they have time to do some but definitly not enough for her to re learn it good enough. I have a couple of friends who live here and are Canadians so we do speak English together and sometimes Mina says a few words in English with there daughters.
So my question is, can I change that by speaking to them every day mostly with Mina? I know that all the time won't be possible but at least when we are home alone. I'm guessing that it would be very hard with Layla as the only things she knows in English and says every nights is: Good night , I love you.
I also have to add that they don't have any contact with their father since we left.