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Neighbourhood Mothers: empowering immigrant women in Finland

Being a newcomer in Finland can be tough. Finnish language is hard to study and learn, and it can be difficult to find your place in Finnish society and to feel at home. The Finnish NGO Nicehearts ry, founded in 2001, aims to empower women and girls. Their project Neighbourhood Mothers was started in 2015… Continue reading Neighbourhood Mothers: empowering immigrant women in Finland

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On being a working parent in Italy & why I’m grateful to live in Finland

While visiting Italy, I had the chance to talk with several parents living there... and hear their horror stories. For starter, one mother shared how her workplace started mobbing her until they forced her to leave, right after she got pregnant. After years working there, they wanted to get rid of her just because she… Continue reading On being a working parent in Italy & why I’m grateful to live in Finland

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Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

I had to go on work trip near Venice, Italy, and my husband and the kids decided to come along, and take the chance to spend Easter with our families. We have spent around ten days in Mestre, really close to Venice, and during one weekend, we took off and decided to go and visit… Continue reading Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

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Tiramisu, you won’t believe how easy it is

Tiramisu is my emergency dessert. Even thought it's marketed as a special treat in Italian restaurants, it's one of the easiest to prepare. The main ingredient, mascarpone cheese, is internationally popular nowadays and you find it in many shops. I want to share with you my family recipe and I guarantee you can produce this… Continue reading Tiramisu, you won’t believe how easy it is

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Why Italian people freak out about food

This is not a parenting post, but I feel it's something that will resonate with most of my readers, surely with those who know at least an Italian person. And by saying Italian I mean real Italian, every second-generation Italo-American is excluded - you allowed pizza with pineapple to spread in the world like a… Continue reading Why Italian people freak out about food

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Building bridges between cultures: a positive story

Today I want to tell you about a positive story I really care to share. As parents in multicultural families, we sort of expect that our children will be marked as "different", teased, and possibly bullied. Personally, I dread that moment, but I find it likely to come. I've been talking to Anna, an Italian… Continue reading Building bridges between cultures: a positive story

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Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter III

[this is the third part of our adoption story. Find part 1 here and  part 2 here.] The wait to get our home-study approved seemed endless. After few weeks, we got a request of additional information and we grew even more impatient. Christmas 2015 came and went without us hearing any news. Then, right after the… Continue reading Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter III

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I am a culture juggler

Take an Italian couple, move them to Finland, and add an Indian-born child to the mix. There, you have us. Our family of four is a mix of languages, backgrounds, and cultures. We speak Italian in our household, English with many friends, and Finnish the rest of the time. Our first child, now over four,… Continue reading I am a culture juggler

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E.’s first sauna

Time for another milestone for my Indian-looking Italian-speaking little Finn! He took part in his first sauna ever last weekend. If you don't live in Finland, you may be wondering why such fuss about sauna. Sauna is one of the foundations of life here. Every house has one and there are several public saunas all… Continue reading E.’s first sauna