My husband and I are both native English speakers with 7 month old twins. I am a non native German speaker, having learned it through total immersion as an exchange student in high school. I later studied German in college and worked abroad for a semester. I am a stay at home mom, and speak to my children in German while at home, which is 80% of the time. They hear English the remaining 20% of the time from their father and in the community here in Florida. I am seriously considering home schooling later, and would want to school them in English.
My questions are: Are they being exposed to enough English ? Is it possible for me to speak English with them when my husband is present and when we are in the community, or would that be too confusing ? Living in south Florida, there are many opportunities to interact in Spanish. We would like to start learning Spanish as a family once our children are a bit older. Would it be too confusing to introduce a third language around age 3 ?
I would appreciate any answers you are able to give. I have searched the internet and I almost reverted back to English in fear of doing horrible irreparable damage to my children. I am so glad I happened upon this site !