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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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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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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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The Reading Challenge 2018 continues…

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…

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The joy in adoption #adoptionilo

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

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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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Adoption Conversations – episode 4. Adoptive mother and book author Jodie Hampshire

'm excited about this episode, as I am joined by Jodie Hampshire, co-author of one of my favourite book on adoptive parenting, Lionheart Families - The Real Life Guide for Adoptive Families. Jodie lives in Sidney and is a mother of four, through adoption and birth.

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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

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Adoption Conversations – episode 3. Adoptive mother Nita shares about her open adoptions.

Our adoption experience has put us on a humbling learning path when it comes to parenting. I benefit greatly from the free resources many experts, adoptees, and adoptive parents make available for everyone to enjoy. This is why I decided to share with others my findings and the testimonies of the great people I'm meeting… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 3. Adoptive mother Nita shares about her open adoptions.