Tag Archives: Florence with Children

Please Help Support the FMs4Ms Network

As renewal time comes for all the Network essentials for keeping moms connected with other moms and giving out information for living an expatriate life in Italy, I am forced to realize how much financial obligation out of my personal account this Network entails. I feel this Network is an asset for the many moms and their families moving here to live in Firenze and the surrounding areas. Which is why I am asking for your help to keep all this alive. A small donation could go a long way.  Here is the GoFundMe link that will take you to the page of where you can donate. Thank you in advance for your help.

https://www.gofundme.com/FMs4Ms-Network

 

 

The Florentine is doing a Kid’s issue for February

This Thursday either get your free hard copy or check it out online. The Florentine is doing a Kid’s issue for their February edition.

Where to get your FREE copy in Florence: theflr.net/pickup
Subscribe (print and digital subscriptions available worldwide: theflr.net/subscribe

From Vancouver, Canada to Florence, Italy

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Gina Mazza currently lives in Florence with her beautiful 7 month old daughter and her husband Alessio. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Gina wanted to share with us the story of her coming here and how she overcame some of the cultural differences she encountered when settling in.

Read more her story…...From Vancouver, Canada to Florence, Italy

By Ela Vasilescu – Writer/Journalist

 

****This is one of the many stories from our Expat Stories Series  If you are interested in sharing your story fill out the form on this post.  We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story

 

Portale Giovani Firenze

I wanted to remind everyone about this site. It is a Firenze Comune portal site for teens and college students 15 and up.  They have topics of interest, events, and so much more.  Check it out. http://portalegiovani.comune.fi.it/  (site is in Italian, but a great way to get your teen to interact in the community)

Florence, Love, Joy, and Pain

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By Ela Vasilescu – Writer/Journalist

A.B. is a twenty two years old mom currently living in Prato with her one year old daughter. She is originally from Russia, of Irish heritage on her father side.

A.B. wanted to share her story, where she talks about why she chose this city as her home, how she fell in love and gave birth to her beautiful daughter. Because she is currently involved in a custody trial we will protect her identity by only using her initials in the following interview.

Read more her story…...Florence, Love, Joy and Pain

****This is one of the many stories from our Expat Stories Series    If you are interested in sharing your story fill out the form on this post.  We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story

 


 

Free violin lessons for kids in Florence

violino-marianaFree Violin lessons for kids (elementary school age) at the Nidiaci garden in Oltrarno (via d’Ardiglione 30) will be starting this Thursday at 6 p.m.

The teacher is Mariana Pinto, whose extensive curriculum you can read here (in Italian) http://www.nidiaci.com/2016/04/03/mariana-rodrigues-pinto-la-nostra-maestra-di-violino/

The course is entirely free of charge, but for insurance purposes, an accompanying adult must become a member of our Association (annual fee 10 euros).

The Nidiaci garden – created in 1920 thanks to the generosity of the American Red Cross – is kept open by community volunteers and is right behind the historic Carmine church.

Violins for the course have been donated by members of the Association.

For information
Associazione Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno Onlus
tel. 349-1575238
http://www.nidiaci.com

We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story

Logo FMs4Ms2016To the many Expat Moms that follow our Website/blog;

As some of you may know in the past, we have interviewed many moms about their experience as expats. Together with journalist Ela Vasilescu we would like to continue this project.

Living an expat life, being pregnant and giving birth are unique experiences we could all learn from and relate to. We would like to read more of your stories, your experiences, your fears, your expectations. Moving to a different country and starting a new life, although exciting, can be scary and the process of integration can be slow and excruciating at times. Other times the process is fast and problem free.  We want to hear your story.

We will do a separate section to focus on birth stories because each woman has a distinctive memory about the moment when they gave life to a new human being and reading those stories would help and inspire other “mothers to be”.   These stories will help pregnant moms compare and understand the different hospital environments in and around Firenze and fill with joy and melancholy the ones who already experienced the birth of their child here.

We would like to explore these distinctive threads (living as an expat, pregnancy and birth stories) that whilst seemingly different, they trigger situations and feelings unlike others and by sharing them we could help others understand they are not alone, offering the support they need to move forward.

The project will consist in scheduled interviews shared online on our blog. If you would like to take part in the project please please fill out the form below.     

Ela Vasilescu
Writer/Journalist
http://writerinflorence.com/

To sign up for an interview please fill out this form and we will contact you very soon:

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

All fixed

All fixed

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.