adoption · multicultural families · podcast

Adoption Conversations – episode 2

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 2

Growing up in a multicultural family · multicultural families

Growing up in a multicultural family: transitioning from Chinese to Finnish culture, Ping’s story

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… Continue reading Growing up in a multicultural family: transitioning from Chinese to Finnish culture, Ping’s story

blog series · daddy's got this

Daddy’s got this #1 – Being a Stay-At-Home Dad | The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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 #1 – Being a Stay-At-Home Dad | The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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

adoption conversations · podcast

Launching my podcast: Adoption Conversations – episode 1

Few weeks ago I decided to try and connect with other adoptive parents all over the world to have an open exchange about many issues connected with adoption. One idea I had was to compare adoption systems in different countries. Then finding a common base for all the issues, the feelings, and the challenged adoption… Continue reading Launching my podcast: Adoption Conversations – episode 1

reviews

Teach your child basics of coding with The Foos

Our world is changing and our kids will likely need basics of coding and logic to professionally thrive in their future. As a professional, I'm experiencing first-hand the lack of software developers, and I know the situation will only grow worse in the job market. I'm convinced I can start fostering some skills already in… Continue reading Teach your child basics of coding with The Foos

christmas · life

Our first Christmas as a family of four

Christmas this year has been a special time for us. Our three year long wait to become a family of four put some extra expectations and excitement on these holidays. One year ago we had been matched and were dying to meet our son E. Our parents, usually cautious and discrete, were so overexcited that… Continue reading Our first Christmas as a family of four

christmas · life · reviews

Toddlers’ Christmas movie night

I've shared before how we love to have movie nights at our house. Not only it's a special family time, we made it into a social tradition for the kids as well. Occasionally they get to invite some friends over to watch a movie together. Normally we are strict with candies and snacks, so I… Continue reading Toddlers’ Christmas movie night

Growing up in a multicultural family · multicultural families

Growing up in a multicultural family. A mixture of two cultures: Raj’s story

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… Continue reading Growing up in a multicultural family. A mixture of two cultures: Raj’s story