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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

events · expats · finland · interviews · multicultural families

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

adoption · adoption conversations · interviews · multicultural families · podcast

Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance

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

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Adoption Conversations – episode 6. My interview to Bridget, birth mother in reunion

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

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Adoption Conversations – episode 5. Adoptee and podcast host Haley Radke

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

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

interviews · parenting

Stressed parent? You need a FamilyBoost

My blog leads me to talk to the most interesting people in my community. This was the case when I interviewed Heidi Livingston, co-founder of FamilyBoost. FamilyBoost is a Finnish company that aims to deliver the latest knowledge in child development to parents in an open and accessible way. Heidi and her business partner Julia… Continue reading Stressed parent? You need a FamilyBoost

books · interviews · podcast

The role of books in our multicultural family, my appearance at The Segilola Salami Show

It's funny for once to be on the other side of an interview. Well, I should say a friendly and lovely chat, as this is what I truly had with Segilola Salami few days ago. Segilola is a parenting blogger, a children books' author, and a podcast host. Her show gives stage to several voices,… Continue reading The role of books in our multicultural family, my appearance at The Segilola Salami Show

health · interviews · parenting

How does it feel to be the parent of a preterm baby

"When you are the parent of a preterm baby you don't live day by day. You live hour by hour". I am speechless while Michela Mian tells me about her experience as mother of two preterm babies, now aged 4 and 7. Beside her personal experience, Michela is acting as president of the volunteer organisation CucciolO,… Continue reading How does it feel to be the parent of a preterm baby