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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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Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?

This year on August 4th one of our favourite local events will take place in Hesperian Puisto, Helsinki. Last year I had the privilege of interviewing the main coordinator Doris Tuohimaa and share with my readers what motivation drives the organisers year after year. Lasten Festarit ("The Children's Festival") is a fantastic event for families… Continue reading Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?

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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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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

Last weekend we visited the Finnish region of Kotka-Hamina. You can find two other posts where I detailed the previous days of family trip here and here. We used most of our third day to visit Hamina, a town North-East of Kotka. Hamina is smaller than Kotka and very easy to walk around. The centre is… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

The tale of our weekend visiting Kotka and Hamina continues. If you missed the first post, you can find it here. On day 2, we went on to visit the huge Maritime Centre Vellamo. The building hosts several exhibitions, some permanent and some regularly changing. We were offered a tour in English (supported languages are… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

If you ask me, Finland is the perfect travel destination for families. I joke that you can find a changing table and an highchair also in a snow desert there. Every place is stroller friendly, any restaurant is prepared to welcome children, and there's plenty of nature for the whole family to enjoy. My husband… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

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Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

My summer holidays are around the corner and for the first time in over 10 years I'll take four weeks off work. Wow. I feel excited and terrified at the same time. The kids' daycare closed last week and they couldn't wait to kick off their holidays. They woke up on the first day asking… Continue reading Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

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The easiest recipe for a birthday cake: win at every party with beautiful and tasty cakes

I love baking but being a working mom I simply don't have time to spend in baking fabulous cakes. Over the years, I have tried several recipes and never found the perfect one. I was fighting especially with icing: I tried using whipped cream, but it doesn't hold well. I tried the classic buttercream icing,… Continue reading The easiest recipe for a birthday cake: win at every party with beautiful and tasty cakes

child development · health · parenting

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