health · parenting · self-care

The Secret to a Healthy Lifestyle – Make it a Family Affair | guest post by Johanna Cider

Keeping your family healthy is sometimes easier said than done, especially in a world full of easily obtainable sugary snacks and the tendency to spend hours behind a screen every day. However, you’ll find it worth trying to stay healthy as a family! When everyone is in the challenge together, you’ll help your kids to… Continue reading The Secret to a Healthy Lifestyle – Make it a Family Affair | guest post by Johanna Cider

finland · life · travel in finland

Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

During our last summer trip this year, we visited the area close to Kouvola, situated about 140 km away from Helsinki. Our first day in the area was dedicated to walking in the beautiful National Park of Repovesi and you can read more about it here. On the second day, we focused on the town… Continue reading Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

blog series · daddy's got this · parenting

Daddy’s got this #6 | I’m Not A Daddy-Mommy. Please Don’t Call Me That.

I celebrate men who take long parental leaves. How could I not? My husband did the same for our kids, to save my sanity and live his fatherhood to the max. There's plenty of talk around about gender equality and women carrying most of the burden of family life. I feel this is shifting, yet… Continue reading Daddy’s got this #6 | I’m Not A Daddy-Mommy. Please Don’t Call Me That.

finland · life · mindfulness · travel in finland

A full immersion into nature: Repovesi National Park | #visitkouvola

We had an amazing summer here in Finland, one that even locals mark as "the best as long as they can remember". Sun started shining in mid-May and kept doing so for months. Good weather can be addictive and by start of August I wasn't ready to let go of the warm season yet. Luckily… Continue reading A full immersion into nature: Repovesi National Park | #visitkouvola

blog series · daddy's got this

Daddy’s got this #5 | Feelings, joys, and worries of a dad

It's been long since the last post of Daddy's Got This and I'm more than excited to resume the blog series with a guest post from Ray, a dad blogger and stay-at-home parent living in US. Be advised, this post is extra sweet and it may or may have not moved me to tears at… Continue reading Daddy’s got this #5 | Feelings, joys, and worries of a dad

finland · health · life · marriage

What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

Let's get real, here: how many of you regularly fight with their partner about house chores or children's care? After our first child was born, my husband and I struggled to find a balance. He threw himself body and soul into parenting, but didn't replicate the same enthusiasm for house chores, which grew exponentially with… Continue reading What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

expats · interviews · life · multicultural families · multilingualism

Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 2

I was glad to see that the first part of this interview to Soile Pietikainen quickly collected a record number of visits on my blog. It's time for part 2: here I explored with Soile what are the language components of a multilingual family, I asked Soile's expert advice on the opportunity of (re-)teaching my… Continue reading Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 2

books · child development · favorites · multilingualism · reading challenge · reviews

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

adoption · child development · expats · interviews · life · multicultural families · multilingualism

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

events · finland · reviews

Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?

This year on August 4th one of our favourite local events will take place in Hesperian Puisto, Helsinki. Last year I had the privilege of interviewing the main coordinator Doris Tuohimaa and share with my readers what motivation drives the organisers year after year. Lasten Festarit ("The Children's Festival") is a fantastic event for families… Continue reading Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?