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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

digital parenting · parenting · tags

Let’s get more girls into coding | My interview to R for #codinggirls

I was really excited when I was tagged into the #codinggirls campaign by Primo Toys just in time for Women's Day. Getting girls into STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) subjects is a topic very close to my heart. A little about myself I was a lucky one. My mother has graduated in mathematics and she… Continue reading Let’s get more girls into coding | My interview to R for #codinggirls

digital parenting · life · parenting

Digital parenting: our screen time rules

I've recently come across an honest account of a fellow mom who was wondering how long is too long when it comes to screen time, and how to balance the parent's desire for peace and the children's well-being. Before you continue reading this post, I need to underline something important. There's no holy bible when… Continue reading Digital parenting: our screen time rules

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

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

adoption

How I came to appreciate the Finnish adoption system

If you met me during our adoption process, you surely heard me complaining of the long wait. Our home study took almost two years to be approved and another year passed before we could hold our son. The process in India was unprecedentedly fast, so we even felt lucky our wait has taken only three… Continue reading How I came to appreciate the Finnish adoption system

interviews · parenting

Stressed parent? You need a FamilyBoost

My blog leads me to talk to the most interesting people in my community. This was the case when I interviewed Heidi Livingston, co-founder of FamilyBoost. FamilyBoost is a Finnish company that aims to deliver the latest knowledge in child development to parents in an open and accessible way. Heidi and her business partner Julia… Continue reading Stressed parent? You need a FamilyBoost