I was at work when the social worker called me to announce the Indian Court has ruled the E. was our son. I started crying in the office phone boot. I charged myself with weeks of stress for the wait and I could finally release it.
Today I want to tell you about a positive story I really care to share. As parents in multicultural families, we sort of expect that our children will be marked as "different", teased, and possibly bullied. Personally, I dread that moment, but I find it likely to come. I've been talking to Anna, an Italian… Continue reading Building bridges between cultures: a positive story
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.
Here I go back to my monthly favourites, after pretending September didn't exist and skipping it completely. Truth is, our trip to Italy and my return to full-time working kept me really busy last month and I completely forgot to keep notes of my favourite things. Luckily, I'm confident this October's list will be able… Continue reading October’s favorites
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
I am full-time working mother of two toddlers, aged four and two. My husband, now temporarily at home in paternity leave, also works full-time. As ambitious professionals, family may not be our everything, but it's definitely at the top of the list. In the latest years as a parent, I came to one important realisation: time is the only currency children understand.
[this is the third part of our adoption story. Find part 1 here and part 2 here.] The wait to get our home-study approved seemed endless. After few weeks, we got a request of additional information and we grew even more impatient. Christmas 2015 came and went without us hearing any news. Then, right after the… Continue reading Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter III
Breastfeeding can be stressful, draining, time-consuming, nevertheless it's proved as beneficial for mother and baby. Great for skin-to-skin contact and developing the relationship with your baby; essential for your child to build a functioning immune system; good to protect the baby from allergies, sicknesses, and help her development. The theory sounds great, practice is much… Continue reading When exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t work
Take an Italian couple, move them to Finland, and add an Indian-born child to the mix. There, you have us. Our family of four is a mix of languages, backgrounds, and cultures. We speak Italian in our household, English with many friends, and Finnish the rest of the time. Our first child, now over four,… Continue reading I am a culture juggler
The new rules for adopting from India allow parents to apply for the exit vista from New Delhi, where most embassies also are. This means that new adoptive families stay in the city for one or a couple of weeks while the paperwork is done. I write this short guide in the hope of taking… Continue reading New Delhi with kids