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The Reading Challenge 2018, part IV

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 IV

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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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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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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

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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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How to Teach Your Child to Nurture Social Skills | guest post by Isabel William

Social skills are an essential teaching we can give to our children. Blogger Isabel William takes over and shares her tips to foster an healthy social attitude in our kids, yet respecting their inclinations. *** There are many types of intelligence – contrary to popular belief, being smart doesn’t just mean being good at math.… Continue reading How to Teach Your Child to Nurture Social Skills | guest post by Isabel William

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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

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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