My name is Kris and I live in California. I am native English speaking, but am learning Spanish. My husband is bilingual Spanish/English. My problem lies with him somewhat.
For the first 3 years of my older son's life (he's now 8), we lived with my inlaws who spoke no English. His majority language at that time was Spanish, with English from me and my family. Shortly after he turned 3, we moved out and he started preschool. His teacher was also bilingual, as was his babysitter, and they spoke Spanish to him as well on occasion (but not frequently as most of their other charges spoke only English). My husband kind of dropped the ball and got lazy, and began to speak to my son primarily in English, with only a few Spanish words thrown in on occasion. It has fallen to me, with my shaky Spanish (though I am working on improving) to teach my son. It is frustrating for me and I have begun to insist that my husband speak to our son again in Spanish, but now my son resists and demands that we speak English. He does understand Spanish, and answers in English so I know that he understands, but he refuses to speak Spanish. I have tried to institute Spanish only days, but it is difficult as my English speaking only mother lives with me.
Now to add to the complications, we have a 17 month old son to work with. I have insisted that my husband speak to the baby in Spanish, and so far he has complied, and I do some as well (in addition to teaching him some baby signs). He's not saying much, but he seems to understand both languages so far.
I'm at a loss what to do with my older boy. It is very important that he speak, understand and read Spanish as a great part of his family speak no English. We homeschool and I have been working on workbooks and am planning to begin Powerglide Spanish. Any other suggestions? I'm getting so frustrated.