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The Reading Challenge 2018, part III

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, part III

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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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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

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June’s favorites: mindfulness, acceptance & lifestyle

I have found some great resources this month and I am over-the-moon excited to share them with y'all. June has been intense for me. At my workplace many international colleagues travelled here to Finland and I drowned in trainings, meetings, and afterwork appointments for a week. It was nice to meet some colleagues I hardly… Continue reading June’s favorites: mindfulness, acceptance & lifestyle

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Learning to manage my expectations over my children

Expectations are powerful beliefs which can heavily influence our experience of reality. During the wait to become a parent, being it through birth or adoption, it's human to develop expectations about your future child. It's all part of the common daydreaming. It can be really tough to let go of the imaginary child and truly… Continue reading Learning to manage my expectations over my children

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How to Teach Your Child to Nurture Social Skills | guest post by Isabel William

Social skills are an essential teaching we can give to our children. Blogger Isabel William takes over and shares her tips to foster an healthy social attitude in our kids, yet respecting their inclinations. *** There are many types of intelligence – contrary to popular belief, being smart doesn’t just mean being good at math.… Continue reading How to Teach Your Child to Nurture Social Skills | guest post by Isabel William

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Top 8 Tips for Planning a Birthday Party | guest post by Katelynn from Hampers and Hiccups

Birthday parties: what a nightmare! Five years into parenting and yet I don't feel I've got the hang of them (read about the catastrophe we dodged for my oldest's 5th birthday). Luckily mom and blogger Katelynn comes to our rescue with her tips. My youngest's birthday is right behind the corner and I will use… Continue reading Top 8 Tips for Planning a Birthday Party | guest post by Katelynn from Hampers and Hiccups

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Daddy’s got this #4 | Being brave: five years as a stay-at-home dad

Last fall I went back to working full-time while my husband resolved to about a year off work to be home with our second child. Here in Finland, fathers are encouraged to be at home with their kids and any parent can take up to three years of leave from work to care for their… Continue reading Daddy’s got this #4 | Being brave: five years as a stay-at-home dad

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April’s favorites: empowering kids & time to relax

This month is also coming to an end. We have come back from a work&leisure trip to Italy, celebrated Easter with our families, and I have been having a crazy phase at work. A long awaited spring has started here in Finland and we are ready to get the most from the good weather as… Continue reading April’s favorites: empowering kids & time to relax