expats · finland · health · life · parenting · self-care

On being a working parent in Italy & why I’m grateful to live in Finland

While visiting Italy, I had the chance to talk with several parents living there... and hear their horror stories. For starter, one mother shared how her workplace started mobbing her until they forced her to leave, right after she got pregnant. After years working there, they wanted to get rid of her just because she… Continue reading On being a working parent in Italy & why I’m grateful to live in Finland

expats · life · parenting · travel · travel in italy

Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

I had to go on work trip near Venice, Italy, and my husband and the kids decided to come along, and take the chance to spend Easter with our families. We have spent around ten days in Mestre, really close to Venice, and during one weekend, we took off and decided to go and visit… Continue reading Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

expats · food · multicultural families

Why Italian people freak out about food

This is not a parenting post, but I feel it's something that will resonate with most of my readers, surely with those who know at least an Italian person. And by saying Italian I mean real Italian, every second-generation Italo-American is excluded - you allowed pizza with pineapple to spread in the world like a… Continue reading Why Italian people freak out about food

adoption · favorites · health · parenting · podcast

February’s favorites: motherhood, humour, and a great podcast

Yes, you can have a laugh at this post. My last favorites' post is as old as last October! I tried to commit to a monthly schedule, but I always had better content to publish and prioritise, so I guess that's good news anyway, isn't it? I anyway collected and noted down my favorite things… Continue reading February’s favorites: motherhood, humour, and a great podcast

blog series · Growing up in a multicultural family · interviews · multicultural families · multilingualism

Growing up in a multicultural family. Multiculturalism as a child and as a mother: Katerina’s experience

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 identity building… Continue reading Growing up in a multicultural family. Multiculturalism as a child and as a mother: Katerina’s experience

adoption · multicultural families

How being an expat made me a better adoptive parent

Not all evil comes to harm. It's a popular say, but one of the most true. The expat life is tough. Growing old in a country where you were not raised in inevitably places you on the borders of society. Language is the worst barrier. It takes time to learn a language beyond daily and… Continue reading How being an expat made me a better adoptive parent

books · multicultural families · multilingualism · reading challenge

Challenge accepted, HelMet!

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… Continue reading Challenge accepted, HelMet!

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

life · parenting

Coping with my children’s sleep issues

When my daughter was smaller, she wasn't a good sleeper. She wasn't terrible either, but her sleep habits were enough to send me to the madhouse. For almost three years, we struggled with her waking up too early. We tried everything we could think of: reward charts, a children's clock to let her know when… Continue reading Coping with my children’s sleep issues

Growing up in a multicultural family · multicultural families

Growing up in a multicultural family. A mixture of two cultures: Raj’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. A mixture of two cultures: Raj’s story