Though babies are not yet on the to-do list, my husband and I have been thinking about what having a child would mean. One of the things that came up is language — my mother tongue is Dutch and both my husband and I agree that I should teach our kids(s) how to speak it as well, so they can communicate when visiting my family and other advantages.
The problem is… my husband doesn’t understand Dutch at all, save the odd word here and there. He won’t be able to understand us and has previously expressed discomfort and annoyance at not being able to join in on conversations. While he agrees on teaching our offspring Dutch, I’m worried about him feeling excluded or not understanding the children, despite our best intentions.
So, my question is for families who are or will be in similar situations: how did having a second language which only your partner doesn’t speak have an impact on your relationship and family? — Cobalt&Calcium