My little daughter Coco, who is now 6 years of age, is getting really interested in where she comes from! And it is complicated: She has a Franco-Irish mother, who was born in Germany, a New Zealand father and grandparents who live in Italy. She was born in London and now lives in Paris. She is truly part of a multi-cultural generation. No wonder she is in equal measure confused and fascinated!
She has decided to consider herself English, because it is her birthplace after all, and considers her sister French, because she was born in Paris. It is interesting how she wants to be linked to one specific country and already feels like she needs an identity. I am really interested, have you had similar experiences with your children or yourselves?
P.S. Above is a photo of Esther’s and my children. Esther’s kid’s main language is Dutch and for mine it is French, but between them they speak English – a nice side effect of multi-culturalism, no?