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Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

Few weeks ago I was asked to speak at the brunch for waiting adoptive parents organised by Adoptioperheet ry, the association of adoptive families in Finland. It was the first event organised in English language, I was honoured to get a platform for share my personal experience as well as meeting several attendants belonging to… Continue reading Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

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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

adoption · child development · expats · interviews · life · multicultural families · multilingualism

Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 1

I am aware many of my readers are part, like myself, of multilingual families. Or, they are parents who know how a valuable asset a language can be and wonder if they should introduce one in their family. Again, adoptive parents who are considering cultivating their child's birth language. I am excited to share this… Continue reading Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 1

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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

expats · food · multicultural families

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

expats · food · multicultural families

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