adoption · favorites · health · parenting · podcast

February’s favorites: motherhood, humour, and a great podcast

Yes, you can have a laugh at this post. My last favorites' post is as old as last October! I tried to commit to a monthly schedule, but I always had better content to publish and prioritise, so I guess that's good news anyway, isn't it? I anyway collected and noted down my favorite things… Continue reading February’s favorites: motherhood, humour, and a great podcast

digital parenting · life · parenting

Digital parenting: our screen time rules

I've recently come across an honest account of a fellow mom who was wondering how long is too long when it comes to screen time, and how to balance the parent's desire for peace and the children's well-being. Before you continue reading this post, I need to underline something important. There's no holy bible when… Continue reading Digital parenting: our screen time rules

life · parenting

Coping with my children’s sleep issues

When my daughter was smaller, she wasn't a good sleeper. She wasn't terrible either, but her sleep habits were enough to send me to the madhouse. For almost three years, we struggled with her waking up too early. We tried everything we could think of: reward charts, a children's clock to let her know when… Continue reading Coping with my children’s sleep issues

food · parenting

Should I feed my kids insects?

Recently a nation-wide big bakery started selling "cricket bread" in Finland. This is not the first attempt to introduce insects in the local diet. Recently the local food authority has allowed some insects to be sold as food and it seemed some products were just ready to explode. It's common knowledge that insects are food… Continue reading Should I feed my kids insects?

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

life · parenting · sustainability

The risks of online shopping

There's a great hype nowadays among parents about online shopping. I get it, it's easy and time- and stress-saving. But nothing comes for free, so where's the catch? I would like to start my reflection by stressing one simple truth which we tend to overlook. Big businesses don't care about you. The illusion of service-centred… Continue reading The risks of online shopping

health · parenting

Influenza vaccine for your child: yes or no?

Vaccines. One of the hottest topics among parents of my generation. After doing our research, my husband and I decided to have our kids vaccinated according to the national health recommendations. However, we still cannot fully wrap our heads around the influenza vaccine. The vaccine is not included in the recommendation list, but it's strongly… Continue reading Influenza vaccine for your child: yes or no?

digital parenting · life

Digital detox for parents

Digital parenting is a new trending niche in the parents’ world. The key question is how to allow our children to take advantage of the power of technology without being victims of it? For years there has been extensive talk of limiting the screen time, but that doesn’t cover even half of the issue nowadays. It’s about exposure to contents, media, how to safely navigate the immensity of the internet, and how kids’ focus and learning abilities are affected by new devices.

books · child development · reviews

My 10 best children books about feelings

Reading has a very important role in our family dynamics. I want to cultivate my kids' love for books and I feel that starts from me and my commitment to read to them. There's quite a feeling in taking your time to browse through a book and in today's hectic world, that's something to pass… Continue reading My 10 best children books about feelings

expats · finland · multicultural families · parenting

Things you need to know as an expat parent in Finland

After seven years in Finland, I feel I learned a things or two about facilities and opportunities for families in the Helsinki area, and I am more than happy to share what I know with all newcomers. Setting up a new life in a new country is stressful per se, so I'm hoping to make… Continue reading Things you need to know as an expat parent in Finland