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What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

Let's get real, here: how many of you regularly fight with their partner about house chores or children's care? After our first child was born, my husband and I struggled to find a balance. He threw himself body and soul into parenting, but didn't replicate the same enthusiasm for house chores, which grew exponentially with… Continue reading What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

expats · interviews · life · multicultural families · multilingualism

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

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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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Connection lost. Trying to reconnect.

I bet you've wondered if the blog (or I) have died, haven't you? Both are alive and kicking, simply holidays got in the way. This year my vacation meant limited internet access and little alone time. I have started the following post while away, but did not find any time to complete it. But now… Continue reading Connection lost. Trying to reconnect.

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: the island of Varissaari and the best waffles of your life

Here we are, for the fourth and last 😦 account of our family trip to the region of Kotka-Hamina. If you missed them, you can find the other articles in this series here: one, two, three. After packing our bags and leaving our apartment, we headed to the port close to Maretarium and waited for… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: the island of Varissaari and the best waffles of your life

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

Last weekend we visited the Finnish region of Kotka-Hamina. You can find two other posts where I detailed the previous days of family trip here and here. We used most of our third day to visit Hamina, a town North-East of Kotka. Hamina is smaller than Kotka and very easy to walk around. The centre is… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

The tale of our weekend visiting Kotka and Hamina continues. If you missed the first post, you can find it here. On day 2, we went on to visit the huge Maritime Centre Vellamo. The building hosts several exhibitions, some permanent and some regularly changing. We were offered a tour in English (supported languages are… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

If you ask me, Finland is the perfect travel destination for families. I joke that you can find a changing table and an highchair also in a snow desert there. Every place is stroller friendly, any restaurant is prepared to welcome children, and there's plenty of nature for the whole family to enjoy. My husband… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

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Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

My summer holidays are around the corner and for the first time in over 10 years I'll take four weeks off work. Wow. I feel excited and terrified at the same time. The kids' daycare closed last week and they couldn't wait to kick off their holidays. They woke up on the first day asking… Continue reading Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

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Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance

There is a common idea that becoming a parent automatically provides you with the ability to unconditionally love another human being. My personal experience and the world as I grew to see it collide with it. I believe we human beings are programmed to need love, yet quite suck at loving people how they deserve… Continue reading Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance