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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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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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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

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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

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Book review of “Be bilingual”

As an expat family, we have to tackle the issue of bilingualism with our kids. The family language is Italian, while the community language is Finnish. Our daughter R. is now four and a half, and speaks both languages at the same level. Our son E. - adopted from India six months ago and two… Continue reading Book review of “Be bilingual”

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Her new social life… and my inability to deal with it

R. has turned four just few months ago. The leap came with a lot of new skills: she learned to bike without training wheels, and I can even trust her on the streets; she started playing by herself or with her friends in the common garden of our block; we are even having full-length pleasant… Continue reading Her new social life… and my inability to deal with it

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3 boardgames you and your toddler will love

Before becoming a mother, I was an unapologetic nerd. I used to regularly play board- and roleplaying games. My husband was my partner in crime, actually we did meet because of this shared hobby. Nowadays, time and energy do not allow us to indulge in playing often, but we made a vow to introduce our… Continue reading 3 boardgames you and your toddler will love