We moms celebrate motherhood all year long and Mother's Day has become widely known as the relax and freedom day for mothers. Can I get an amen here, mamas? In our house, we have a well tested process: I get to sleep in, I receive a small gift and an emotional card, and I choose… Continue reading My great Mother’s Day at Superpark Espoo
Lapsimessut (Children's Fair) is one of our favourite happenings to attend as a family. I have written already how it was one of the first special events we took part in as a family of four last year. I was very excited to go back this year as well and I can say it lived… Continue reading Our day at Lapsimessut 2018
My husband and I share a flaw. Yes, we are not perfect! Shocking, right? Jokes aside, we are lazy. Not lazy lazy, we are actually quite active people, only... we are not sporty. Unless lifting a sandwich to your mouth has now become an olympic discipline...? Not yet? Too bad. Anyway, we do want our… Continue reading Meet us at the Helsinki Minimarathon!
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
Since when I became a mother, my calendar year has few highlights that I wait for year after year, and Lapsimessut, the Helsinki Children's Fair, is one of them. If have never visited it, let me walk you through it. Picture the Helsinki Fair Centre filled with soft play stations, free-to-play huge toy areas, boardgame… Continue reading Are you ready for the Helsinki Children’s Fair Lapsimessut 2018?
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 continues…
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
I bet we have all been in through the same situation at some point. You are out with your child and handle her a juicebox. No matter if it's the first or twentieth time this happens, the child grabs it like she wants to choke it and you watch - like in slow-motion - half… Continue reading No more juice stains: Mehujehu, from Finland for all parents
Every Christmas is a special time for our family, but this year it will be even more. One year ago we were impatiently waiting for our son E to join our family from India. We had been matched but we were forced to wait bureaucracy to run its course. During Christmas half of our hearts… Continue reading The magical Seurasaari’s Christmas walking trail
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