We are having a baby - A guidebook for expectant parents
(by the National Institute for Health and Welfare)
Pregnancy, childbirth, parenting and the life after baby has arrived are very common concerns to all expectant parents. This is especially the case in the families where both or one of the parents come from different culture compared to the country where the child is born. The common questions families might have include for example:
“We are having a baby” A guidebook for expectant parents by THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare) answers to the questions mentioned above and gives a lot of valuable information for families expecting a child in Finland.
When we think about differences, cultural differences in particular, we often think about problem. However, a difference, cultural or otherwise, does not equal a problem. Instead, some differences have no effect at all (you like classical music and your partner likes jazz, where's the problem in that?) and some differences can lead to a new solution, a new way of doing, seeing and experiencing things. Learning about differences, and experiencing them at first hand, gives us all a chance to see things from another perspective. That new perspective is often a source of joy.
There are some differences, however, that need to be acknowledged, identified, accepted and acted upon so that they would not cause arguments that stem from misunderstanding and different expectations.
Helka Silventoinen talked about these issues, the joy and blight of being different in her online lecture for Duo on 4 February 2014. The lecture was recorded and you can watch it here.
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