The Elephant Mum

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The Elephant Mum
I'm Paola, an Italian mother of two living in Finland. Our clan includes my Italian husband and me, our daughter R. and our son E., adopted from India.
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  • Bilingual Kids - Our Experience Teaching a Second Language 6 days ago I write this post as we complete our first year homeschooling R on Italian language. I am proud of her and us for sticking to it, and proud of the results. She’s now a fluent reader and writes her first short stories in Italian. She loves to read Disney comics more than anything else. As...
  • Support for Families in Finland - Resources and Services 2 weeks ago Sometime families need a little help coping with the challenges of life. There is no shame in that, in fact I am open to admit we used help in more than one occasion, from couple therapy to mental health crisis hotlines. Immigrant families face more challenges, yet more barriers to find help as...
  • Kamalat äidit®, support for mothers of teenagers in Finland 1 month ago If you think babies and toddlers are a handful, wait for the teen years. U is 12 now, technically still a preteen but shows signs of early puberty. Rolling eyes and contempt, the whole package! At times it feels like we come from different planets. Teen years are a topical phase of our kids’...
  • #COVID19 Parenting Resources Roundup 2 months ago Here we are, having practiced social distancing for 5 weeks and counting, crushed by the uncertainty of when this will be over and how will the aftermath look like. Welcome in my digital corner, fellow parent. Let me start this post by reminding the both of us that right now we are asked to achieve...
  • Are You Not Entertained? - Ideas for Quarantined Parents #COVID 3 months ago A friend texted me “it won’t be the coronavirus killing me, it’s gonna be this homeschooling bit!”. After 10 days in social isolation, having to juggle remote work, homeschooling, and keeping the kids stimulated and happy, I relate. I decided to collect some tips and ideas for benefit of...

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