It's been an interesting 4 years... When I had my first baby it felt weird talking in Spanish to him I literally had to practice. I had to practice my Spanish, and practice resisting the temptation to speak in english. How much spanish should I speak? How much of a balance could I strike? Should I speak only Spanish? What about English and even Catalan? How could I have a natural relationship with my child in a language that, just then, didn't feel all that natural?
When you have a baby, at least in my case, nothing came naturally! Instinct, I felt was cobblers! I had to learn everything. Including how to teach Spanish. With an extra child a couple ofyears later a lot came more naturally, but it still wasn't clear exactly how to proceed.
But singing, for me, was always natural. Singing, in any language, was how I spent some of the happiest hours with my two little ones. Singing and dancing. So that's how it started. I began singing in spanish and in english almost all the time. And once I could sing in Spanish I didn't mind chatting away in spanish while pushing them in their pushchairs.
And so it began..!
Spanish Gemma is a mum living in Kings Heath, Birmingham, UK.