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Daddy’s Got This #7 | Life is a journey

My husband's active role in raising our kids is crucial in our family. During both parental leaves, I urged to go back to work and he took the lead in caring for our kids at home. Finland is quite avant-garde when it comes to parental roles, but in other countries there's plenty of work to… Continue reading Daddy’s Got This #7 | Life is a journey

adoption · finland · health · life · mindfulness · self-care

What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

It's been over a year of blogging and during such I've sticked to my publishing schedule of two posts a week. Until these past weeks. What happened?! A lot happened. Most were good things, don't worry. I was just crazy busy and emotionally drained. I felt guilt about not updating my blog and I have… Continue reading What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

health · parenting · self-care

The Secret to a Healthy Lifestyle – Make it a Family Affair | guest post by Johanna Cider

Keeping your family healthy is sometimes easier said than done, especially in a world full of easily obtainable sugary snacks and the tendency to spend hours behind a screen every day. However, you’ll find it worth trying to stay healthy as a family! When everyone is in the challenge together, you’ll help your kids to… Continue reading The Secret to a Healthy Lifestyle – Make it a Family Affair | guest post by Johanna Cider

finland · life · travel in finland

Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

During our last summer trip this year, we visited the area close to Kouvola, situated about 140 km away from Helsinki. Our first day in the area was dedicated to walking in the beautiful National Park of Repovesi and you can read more about it here. On the second day, we focused on the town… Continue reading Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

blog series · daddy's got this · parenting

Daddy’s got this #6 | I’m Not A Daddy-Mommy. Please Don’t Call Me That.

I celebrate men who take long parental leaves. How could I not? My husband did the same for our kids, to save my sanity and live his fatherhood to the max. There's plenty of talk around about gender equality and women carrying most of the burden of family life. I feel this is shifting, yet… Continue reading Daddy’s got this #6 | I’m Not A Daddy-Mommy. Please Don’t Call Me That.

finland · life · mindfulness · travel in finland

A full immersion into nature: Repovesi National Park | #visitkouvola

We had an amazing summer here in Finland, one that even locals mark as "the best as long as they can remember". Sun started shining in mid-May and kept doing so for months. Good weather can be addictive and by start of August I wasn't ready to let go of the warm season yet. Luckily… Continue reading A full immersion into nature: Repovesi National Park | #visitkouvola

blog series · daddy's got this

Daddy’s got this #5 | Feelings, joys, and worries of a dad

It's been long since the last post of Daddy's Got This and I'm more than excited to resume the blog series with a guest post from Ray, a dad blogger and stay-at-home parent living in US. Be advised, this post is extra sweet and it may or may have not moved me to tears at… Continue reading Daddy’s got this #5 | Feelings, joys, and worries of a dad

finland · health · life · marriage

What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

Let's get real, here: how many of you regularly fight with their partner about house chores or children's care? After our first child was born, my husband and I struggled to find a balance. He threw himself body and soul into parenting, but didn't replicate the same enthusiasm for house chores, which grew exponentially with… Continue reading What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

expats · interviews · life · multicultural families · multilingualism

Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 2

I was glad to see that the first part of this interview to Soile Pietikainen quickly collected a record number of visits on my blog. It's time for part 2: here I explored with Soile what are the language components of a multilingual family, I asked Soile's expert advice on the opportunity of (re-)teaching my… Continue reading Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 2

books · child development · favorites · multilingualism · reading challenge · reviews

The Reading Challenge 2018, part III

We are avid users of library services. We visit the local library weekly, have materials delivered (for free!), enjoy the children-friendly events. I’ve taken a habit of loaning dvds for our movie nights and we regularly borrow boardgames as well. So when I heard about the Little Helmet Reading Challenge, I thought, this is definitely for… Continue reading The Reading Challenge 2018, part III