blog series · daddy's got this

Daddy’s got this #2 – A Roller Coaster Ride: Life Of A Stay-At-Home Dad

Last fall I went back to working full-time while my husband resolved to about a year off work to be home with our second child. Here in Finland, fathers are encouraged to be at home with their kids and any parent can take up to three years of leave from work to care for their… Continue reading Daddy’s got this #2 – A Roller Coaster Ride: Life Of A Stay-At-Home Dad

adoption · favorites · health · parenting · podcast

February’s favorites: motherhood, humour, and a great podcast

Yes, you can have a laugh at this post. My last favorites' post is as old as last October! I tried to commit to a monthly schedule, but I always had better content to publish and prioritise, so I guess that's good news anyway, isn't it? I anyway collected and noted down my favorite things… Continue reading February’s favorites: motherhood, humour, and a great podcast

adoption · adoption conversations · multicultural families · podcast

Adoption Conversations – episode 4. Adoptive mother and book author Jodie Hampshire

'm excited about this episode, as I am joined by Jodie Hampshire, co-author of one of my favourite book on adoptive parenting, Lionheart Families - The Real Life Guide for Adoptive Families. Jodie lives in Sidney and is a mother of four, through adoption and birth.

digital parenting · life · parenting

Digital parenting: our screen time rules

I've recently come across an honest account of a fellow mom who was wondering how long is too long when it comes to screen time, and how to balance the parent's desire for peace and the children's well-being. Before you continue reading this post, I need to underline something important. There's no holy bible when… Continue reading Digital parenting: our screen time rules

blog series · Growing up in a multicultural family · interviews · multicultural families · multilingualism

Growing up in a multicultural family. Multiculturalism as a child and as a mother: Katerina’s experience

Since when I became a mother, I’ve kept wondering how will our multicultural family influence our children’s cultural identity. Adopting our son from India has added a new layer to this. How will R and E culturally define themselves as adults? What actions can I take as a parent to help them navigate through their identity building… Continue reading Growing up in a multicultural family. Multiculturalism as a child and as a mother: Katerina’s experience

adoption · adoption conversations · multicultural families · podcast

Adoption Conversations – episode 3. Adoptive mother Nita shares about her open adoptions.

Our adoption experience has put us on a humbling learning path when it comes to parenting. I benefit greatly from the free resources many experts, adoptees, and adoptive parents make available for everyone to enjoy. This is why I decided to share with others my findings and the testimonies of the great people I'm meeting… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 3. Adoptive mother Nita shares about her open adoptions.

adoption · multicultural families

How being an expat made me a better adoptive parent

Not all evil comes to harm. It's a popular say, but one of the most true. The expat life is tough. Growing old in a country where you were not raised in inevitably places you on the borders of society. Language is the worst barrier. It takes time to learn a language beyond daily and… Continue reading How being an expat made me a better adoptive parent

books · multicultural families · multilingualism · reading challenge

Challenge accepted, HelMet!

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… Continue reading Challenge accepted, HelMet!

reviews

My cute little Arksie fox

You know what I love even more than a high-quality product? A high-quality product designed and produced by fellow parents. Arksie is a small Finnish business founded by parents to a precious toddler boy and a baby. They wanted to design cute, sustainable, and practical onesies for babies and toddlers, and hands-down succeeded. The first… Continue reading My cute little Arksie fox