Slowly, and then all at once. The Tweens.

June 30, 2015

It’s kind of how John Green describes falling in love in The Fault In Our Stars: “slowly, and then all at once.” That’s how Isabella became a tween. I hate that term- tween. It’s so precious. So juvenile, and yet it sounds so sassy. Almost like it’s expected that there will be drama, which I […]

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Being assertive, and being wrong.

May 11, 2015

The translation from Finnish is: ‘assertive’. I’ve finally been asked a few times about my tattoo in public, from strangers, and I still brace myself for their reaction. Even though the very reason for its permanent placement on my body is both an affirmation and a reminder. One day my daughters may mother. If I could […]

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I want my daughters to fail.

April 6, 2015

I want my daughters to fail. I want my daughters to fail so hard. While you talk of not burning bridges, I whisper to my daughters “maybe just take the river route”. Bravery starts at the breath right before the moment where fear renders you immobile. I mother from a place of comfort with failure. […]

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They DO grow up, eh?

March 18, 2015

I mean, that’s why we had kids, right? So we could watch them grow up? Participate actively in their development into functioning adults who hopefully contribute to society as a whole? So why the long faces when they do something that their entire life has been propelled toward? When my girls each started walking, I was thrilled […]

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Cover Your Bits- why my children dress terribly & why I like it

March 3, 2015

“Oh. Maëlle has taken on her sister’s sense of style, I see…” was the genuinely good-natured comment offered by Annika’s teacher on a pick up one evening with two other Ladies in tow. My daughters’ choices of attire are sometimes usually always just left of traditional and would really never be found in a magazine […]

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