Expectations are powerful beliefs which can heavily influence our experience of reality. During the wait to become a parent, being it through birth or adoption, it's human to develop expectations about your future child. It's all part of the common daydreaming. It can be really tough to let go of the imaginary child and truly… Continue reading Learning to manage my expectations over my children
Adoption Conversations is back, after an unexpected break. Due to personal circumstances, I have to give up my regular schedule, but I intend to continue the podcast and hear more voices talking about adoption. Here for the first time I host the testimony of a father: Jesse, living in Finland like myself. Jesse's story is… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance
E and I were driving back home the other day, when I had a moment of self-realisation. In the past years, in the last especially, I have been working hard on defining the mother I am and how it relates to the mother I want to be and to the mother I would like to… Continue reading I do not want to live in fantasy motherland
Welcome to the latest episode of Adoption Conversations. This week's episode is longer than usual, yet I'm sure you will not regret it. I met Bridget on social media, where she is active and passionate for promoting adoptees' rights in United States. Bridget gave birth to her first daughter about forty years ago and she… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 6. My interview to Bridget, birth mother in reunion
Next Monday will mark the start of a national campaign in Finland called adoptionilo, the joy in adoption. If you've been following me, you know I don't like to sugarcoat that adoption and loss go hand in hand. That's why I have started the podcast Adoption Conversations in the first place, and I feel there's… Continue reading The joy in adoption #adoptionilo
The podcast is taking better and better shape, and I am humbled by the response I've got from the online community. Especially, I'm impressed and moved that many people -strangers, actually - are embracing the idea and are willing to share their most private stories with me and with my audience. I, for sure, am… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 5. Adoptee and podcast host Haley Radke
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
'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.
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.
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