Ask Dr. Paolo is back

Ask Paolo logoYou may have noticed a few blog post and workshops about Dr. Paolo Molino a psychotherapist.  Dr. Paolo Molino has been helping the Expat community for years. He is a psychotherapist of Gestalt psychology. He is also a family man with his wife and two children.

He expertise covers many areas such as:

  • Affection disorders (depression,emotional dependence )
  • Personality disorders ( borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder , antisocial personality disorders)
  • Parenting Roles (coaching and support)
  • Sexuality related problems (male and female)
  • Relational problems (couple’s or family’s)
  • Family constellations (group or individual session)
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)

If you have any questions about dealing with different cultural relationships, dealing with being away from family, or dealing with children behavior just to name a few examples many expats go through.  Click and  Submit your questions.   *your question can be submitted anonymously

If you need to contact him directly for an appointment here is his information:

Paolo molinoDr. Paolo Molino, psychotherapist,
Piazza Cesare Beccaria Area, Firenze.
Cell 331-1064726
email: paolomolino@gmail.com.
Website: http://www.paolomolino.com

OMG I cracked a tooth a day before vacation

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This is not what you want to have happen, especially one day before going on vacation. You are all packed and ready to leave the next morning. You got up out of bed, hit your chin and wham, you knocked your front tooth in half. Of course this was a tooth that you already cracked off when you were 12 years old by a softball. After all these years it falls out with a slight hit of the chin.  Anyway, you need to find someone fast and reliable.

This is what happened to me, so I called up the dentist that I had to quickly find when my back molar cracked and had a big hole in the base of my tooth. That tooth had to be completely extracted.  I had so many worries because I have special issues being immunosuppressed with my medicines I take for my autoimmune disease.  So I needed a doctor close to home, spoke English (not a need but really helps in an emergency situation), and knew about people with my health condition.

I asked in the Firenze Moms 4 Moms Expat Mom’s Club where I could find such a dentist.  I was lucky to have found the right person.  He not only extracted my molar when that cracked, but he also was available at a quick notice with my broken tooth a day before my vacation.

He is a husband of a mom in the group, but a great guy that does dental work on children as well as adults. He is very professional, obviously knowledgeable of the new dental procedures, along with knowing about dental issues in people with autoimmune disease.  Many thanks goes to Dr. Niccolò Trentanove for being there to help me out with my many dental emergencies, that seem to happen at odd times, out of nowhere.

His office is very easy to get too and located just outside the main center.  He provides the following services: repair dentures, orthodontics, dental root canal treatment, oral hygiene treatment, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, implant dentistry, extraction surgery, implant surgery and teeth whitening.

His contact information is:

Dr. Niccolò Trentanove
Via Senese 12 – 50124 Firenze (FI)
tel: 055 2298271
partita iva: 02282030481

Children’s library at the British Institute

Storytime 1The British institute in Florence has inaugurated in September of last year a new space for children to use and enjoy together with their parents. Librarian Chiara Barontini, who joined the British Institute in 2015, wanted to give life to the children’s library, improving their collection through donations and making the space a comfortable and cosy place for parents and children to come play and read their favorite books.

Although rather small, the room designed for children is filled with books, games and toys meant to tickle any child’s imagination. Since last September, the Institute began to organize monthly events for children. The events usually take place on the first Thursday of the month at 5 pm and children are greeted with homemade sweats while parents can relax and relish a piece of cake with a cup of tea. Each month a guest reader is invited and the readings are sometimes themed according to the period of the year. The reading is preceded by activities such as finger puppets, or decoration workshops, after which the children are taken upstairs where they can watch a projected cartoon.

“My goal is to attract more bilingual children providing them with the resources to keep reading and to interact in their native language, but also to attract children from Florentine families who are really keen to improve their English by exposing them to stories, cartoons and activities in the English language.” shares Chiara Barontini.

 Storytime 2On June 9th, the British Institute hosted the last children’s event before the summer holidays and will begin organizing them again starting September. “I would love to welcome any mothers who would be interested to become more involved in our activities. For example, from September on I would like to introduce a new theme such as ‘Favorite Book’ where everyone can bring their favorite book to read and talk about it.” Chiara Barontini says while talking about her future plans for the space.    

Aside from the organized events, the children’s library can also be used for mothers to organize playgroups, to meet and enjoy the company of other children and parents or just to come and spend some time with their little one. “I really want this beautiful space to be used. I want it to be filled with children who read books, borrow books and enjoy a place that is specially designed for them.” states Chiara Barontini.

The children’s library at the British Institute relies solely on donations. They are always on a quest for books, toys or soft, children’s furniture that families no longer use. It is an on-going project meant to gather families together and create a pleasant environment for children to be entertained in. To use the space, the British Institute requires a 5 euro donation for a day pass. You can also opt for the 15 euro Junior Membership for a year which you can also use to borrow books from the children’s collection or a yearly Family Membership of 100 euros which includes two family members.

For more information go to the British Institute website at http://www.britishinstitute.it/ or write at library@britishinstitute.it.

 

Your Child in English Class

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Bilingual children are amazing and children are like sponges that can absorb another language easily.  By having a parent, that speaks another language other than Italian is a wonderful opportunity for your child.  However, what happens when they go to a public school and learn their home language with teachers that really do not have the qualifications of teaching another language?

Here is my story.  I have two children both speak, read, and understand really well, American English (yes it is different then British English).  During their years of Elementary, it was interesting to say the least to watch what would happen in their classes of English.  During this time, the Math teachers having to take over the task of teaching English replaced the English teachers.  From the start, my oldest was very strong in his English.  He got to the point where he was almost teaching the class. The teacher was always checking with him and relying on him for the words she was not sure she was pronouncing correctly or the right word in a sentence she was creating. She did not mind that he was using American words or that he spoke American. She also did not correct him when he would use the American spelling instead of the British spelling.   He did not mind this but other bilingual children might have a problem being singled out to help the teacher.

My second child, born here, did not have such the understanding teacher and at first had to learn English by a cd in class.  The teacher wanted the children to repeat the words exactly with the British accent (an Italian speaking British on the cd) that was being heard.  I have horror flash backs when I had to learn Spanish in High school that way.  It was horrible trying to follow the speaker on a cd and not being able to stop it or repeat it to follow. One day he came home in tears because the teacher said he was not pronouncing “blue jeans” correctly.  The “u” in British has a different accent then in American English.   Unfortunately, we had to tell him that he needs to try his best and to follow what the teacher is teaching.  In other words if she wants British he needs to do it in British.  That teacher left and another teacher came that taught more like my first child’s teacher.  She was more understanding to the American and British differences, yet both are English. Now in middle school and the teacher is teaching the British “u” again.  She is telling the children that the British “u” is pronounced like the Italian “a” and that the word “us” is pronounced like “ass”.  Now my child came home telling me that he needs to say “ass” for “us”.  Now I am envisioning my child in the US going around saying that and being laughed at.  I know that there is an accent on the “u” but I do not think it is the sound of “a” in Italian.

What stories do you have of your child learning English or even another home language in their classes at school?

La Casa di Babbo Natale – dal 05 novembre 2015 al 6 gennaio 2016 – Castello delle Terme Tamerici Montecatini Terme

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German Christmas Market

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December 2 to 20, the Weihnachtsmarkt, the traditional German Christmas market into town specialties as sausage, sauerkraut, pork knuckles, pretzels and strudel, as well as objects and local products in Germany and other nationalities. The market is wooden stalls decorated with Christmas decorations, which houses exclusively European operators. Location: PIAZZA DI SANTA CROCE More information: +39 055 2705233
+39 335365966