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

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

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

breastfeeding · health · life · parenting · self-care

When exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t work

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

adoption · health · life · self-care

Adoption baby blues: it’s a thing

I struggle to write this post, as it feels so terribly personal and we are just getting out of the woods. However, other people's stories helped me a great deal in the past months and I feel I can give back with my experience. If I can help one adoptive parent with these negative feelings,… Continue reading Adoption baby blues: it’s a thing

expats · finland · multicultural families · parenting

5 Finnish parent hacks every parent should know

I became a mother in 2013, here in Finland. I cannot think of a better place where to grow my family, the services are simply amazing. Apart from enjoying those, I learned a lot of parenting hacks which are only typical of Nordic families, and I want to spread the word on these great tricks. All… Continue reading 5 Finnish parent hacks every parent should know