I was so proud of my little family today as we made front cover of our local press! The article describes and celebrates The Bilingual Bookshop’s nomination for the Mumpreneur Awards 2014, but instead of focusing on the hard business, Pete Hughes, the reporter, delved into our family’s story and spun it into a rather cute article about how The Bilingual Bookshop came about. I love that he understood that I am not just a mum in business (not that a mum in business or any job is a simple thing in any way – it’s a real challenge as many of you know!) but that my business was created because of my family.
We are a bilingual family that faces the same struggles as any – how to make exposure to both languages as equal as possible. In nearly every bilingual setup, one language inevitably becomes the majority or dominant language, and settles into second place.
The Bilingual Bookshop was set up as in 2011 my husband and I, both speaking our native languages to our new baby, found that striking a good balance between our daughter’s exposure to English and Spanish was a real challenge. We knew that what we needed to do was to fill our homes with the same things that spanish children have in their homes to learn their native language – books, games and toys – so that ‘Papi’ wasn’t the only link to Spain and Spanish in our home.
Not such an easy task, though, when obtaining good quality books meant spending our precious holiday time in bookshops, and lugging home suitcases stuffed with all the usual holiday junk plus kilos of books! It seemed that this was the story with the many bilingual families we knew and contacted when researching our market, and so The Bilingual Bookshop was born!
So today The Bilingual Bookshop is really proud to be able to help other bilingual families like ours to source books to inspire and support their children on their bilingual journey. I am flattered to be considered for the Mumpreneur Awards and will keep my fingers crossed until October! In the meantime, however, I’ll continue with my passion of promoting bilingualism and language learning across the UK, both through my business and my personal life.