I got my BA in Spanish with a focus on Hispanic Issues and Bilingualism. HELL NO! You go ahead and speak to him in 2 languages. Now, unless you live somewhere like Canada where 2 languages are used interchangeably then DS will maintain both. HOWEVER...
If you live in the US and want him to maintain your mother tongue (Spanish, French, German) you need to speak to him only in that language and try to expose him to people around him that speak the language. He WILL learn English, with or without mom n dad. If he is exposed to the mother tongue only up until 5 yrs, he has more of a chance of retaining it rather than introducing him to 2 languages.
What languages do you want to teach him? And do the public schools in your area offer dual langauge programs to help maintain the mother tongue??
at 3:29 PM on Oct. 14, 2009