I think that we must always seek to better ourselves. Forget those well-intentioned, but rarely followed New Year’s Resolutions…we should ALWAYS work at self-improvement. Every day. Every hour, every second…to live a life without striving to be the best you can be, or to live a life without experiencing your full potential seems hopelessly redundant.
So, we Hattans have decided to tackle Spanish. As a family, we’re just going to go for it. It’s pretty exciting, and it has been a challenge to find a language software program that will suit both Josh and I as adults, and Sierra as a child. I think I’ve got it, though:
This program seems to satisfy nearly all of my requirements. I haven’t ordered it yet, because I want to test us out first. If we can dedicate a solid two weeks of study to this, then I’ll bite the bullet. So, for now, I’ve downloaded a free language app that is adult and kid-friendly and we’ll see how it goes.
There are a couple of reasons for this specific self-improvement path:
1) Why on earth wouldn’t we? Sierra is getting older, and she is going to enter the adult world surrounded by different cultures and languages. It seems foolish these days to send your kid out into the world with only one language. This cannot possibly hurt her chances later in life.
2) We don’t want to be a family of butthead Americans. When Josh and I got married, I taught myself some Italian because I just didn’t want to be that stereotypical outline of a loudmouth, self-centered, butthead American while we traveled across the Italian countryside. In my travels, I have found that even if your concept of the language is poor or horribly basic and you end up saying things completely incorrectly, the people you are trying to converse with at least appreciate the effort, and are so much the nicer for it.
3) This is the beginning. Seriously, how many other cultures are fluent in at least two languages? I feel that this is a drastic oversight on the part of the American educational system. Many high school students know at least 3 languages, if not more, elsewhere in the world. If we do manage to teach ourselves conversational Spanish at least, what’s to stop us from also learning French, German, Sign Language, or even Mandarin? Nothing. Which brings us back to point number 1…knowing multiple languages will in no way hurt our family, it can only help it, especially Sierra.
4) The challenge. One of the best thing about setting new goals is the challenge of it, and the feeling of satisfied success when you complete your goal. Without the challenge, it is too easy to just give up. The challenge is what drives you to excel, and you can learn so much about yourself when you are driven to succeed.
5) The lesson. I just want Sierra to understand that she can always, always, always, work at improving herself. I also want her to know that she can do anything she sets her mind to. I don’t want that to sound like she’s not fine the way she is. In my totally unbiased and humble opinion, she’s already the greatest child ever. I just don’t want her to think, “Well, that’s that. I’ve arrived. Now what?” There should always be a point on the horizon to strive for, and you should always want to find a new point once you’ve reached your original goal. There is no true perfect person, but I can find perfection in the people who strive to better themselves.
So, we’re going to try our hand at Spanish. To be continued…