I am a mother of two toddlers living in Helsinki. I am interested in people, cultures, languages and well-being. One of my passions is to travel, and in the everyday life I enjoy creating stuff with my hands. I also seem to be very good at filling my calender.
A while ago I was told that a parent who does not live with their child and are short of money can have e.g. a Hoplop visit paid by the Social Services in Finland. Apparently the reason for this would be to help them bond. Now, I don’t know when and how often this happens, but it made me think. Would it not be better to assist these parents to think of a number of different things they could do where they would actually interact (Hoplop tends to be more “parent drinking coffee and child jumping on an indoor playground” kind of fun)? And would it not be worth helping them to a think of many free but fun things to do, so they can do something even when there is no sponsor around? Despite of these thoughts, let me make it clear that I have nothing against every child getting the opportunity to some time do some of the stuff that cost, and that I don’t really know if the reasoning I heard is even true.
But since these thoughts I’ve been more focused on what things there are that you can do without or with little money, and how much life really costs. I don’t think I have ever been a big spender but I also have never been one counting the coins when wanting to go for a coffee, to the theater or a festival or to participate in a fun run. But it should not all be about money!
So this blog will be my contribution to those moments when one is short of ideas on what to do, especially if there is not a lot of money involved. As I have toddlers, this will end up being pretty family-orientated but I hope it will not be only for parents. Also, this is my grammatical battle field: English is not my mother tongue but I want to improve my ability to express myself in written English. Feel free to correct me.
Comments and guest writers welcome! If you have good ideas on things that are
free but fun e.g. in your hometown, feel free to comment or to write a whole post as a guest writer. If you want to write a whole post, please send it to me to firstname.lastname@example.org first or send me a link to your blog with the post.