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10 Podcasts on Adoption You Need to Subscribe To

I remember how during the wait for my son to come home I would spend hours watching "Gotcha Day"-videos on Youtube, until I turned to some more informative and useful content. During the past few years several content creators produced podcasts on adoption and there's a rich selection to choose from. Regardless how adoption touched… Continue reading 10 Podcasts on Adoption You Need to Subscribe To

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Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

Few weeks ago I was asked to speak at the brunch for waiting adoptive parents organised by Adoptioperheet ry, the association of adoptive families in Finland. It was the first event organised in English language, I was honoured to get a platform for share my personal experience as well as meeting several attendants belonging to… Continue reading Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

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Benefits of horseback riding for special needs children | a guest post by Nicky of Horses and Foals

It is well-known how animals can have a special healing power, especially on traumatised people. I had a chance to personally observe some benefits of horse riding on special needs children. So when I got contacted by Nicky from Horses and Foals about a guest post opportunity, I knew what topic I wanted her to… Continue reading Benefits of horseback riding for special needs children | a guest post by Nicky of Horses and Foals

adoption · child development · finland · life · multicultural families

Getting ready for the special needs list

During the counselling phase, we were asked to fill a special needs list ("Adoptiolapsen tausta – ja terveystietolomake" in Finnish), to assess which special needs we were ready to take on and which not. I recall how my first instinct was repulsion (is this a shopping list?) but rationally I got to understand that no… Continue reading Getting ready for the special needs list

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What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

It's been over a year of blogging and during such I've sticked to my publishing schedule of two posts a week. Until these past weeks. What happened?! A lot happened. Most were good things, don't worry. I was just crazy busy and emotionally drained. I felt guilt about not updating my blog and I have… Continue reading What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

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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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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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Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance

Adoption Conversations is back, after an unexpected break. Due to personal circumstances, I have to give up my regular schedule, but I intend to continue the podcast and hear more voices talking about adoption. Here for the first time I host the testimony of a father: Jesse, living in Finland like myself. Jesse's story is… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance