I have two boys with double nationalities. While being raised in Brazil, they are very familiar with the US for their ages. What I find interesting is with what country these dual children choose to relate to.
My 4 year old is Brazilian. That is what he says all the time. Of course he is also American and enjoys the comfort of that country, but he has a definite preference for yellow and green. He is all about the heat, beach, pool, and beans. He will tell you he prefers to be in Brazil but misses American houses, playgrounds, candy, and Target.
I promise you, I have shown him more of the US than that. We have done museums, Disneyland, and many other fun "American" things.
But the boy is Brazilian. It's what he relates to. And I know most of you will say it's because he's being raised here.
I wonder though because he has one little friend, who is being raised in Rio, that seems more British than Brazilian. While in the same one Brazilian parent and one British parent scenario, he seems very proud to say that he is, in fact, British.
He also so charmingly states why they are better than Americans. Got to love those 4 year olds.
I believe we have a bit of both nature and nurture here. Maybe the British are more patriotic than us Americans. Maybe that little boy and his family have more contact with the Motherland of the parents.
I wonder though, who decides? The kids? The location? The influence of the parents? Or is it an all of the above situation?
What's your take on it?