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Equality starts at home

Tomorrow is the 8th of March, the International Women Day, #eachforequal, but... What does equality really mean for us? I grew up in a traditional family where the role of the woman and the man was set many years ago. My mother was a girl with ambitions and my dad was...

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When dreams come true

After few days of anxiety about presenting my book in front of my children, husband, mother- in-law and neighbours, the moment of the truth came on Wednesday, the 29th of January. That's when I had my official book launch at the Paagman bookstore in The Hague. It is...

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Live your dream…

Today we are celebrating Mother's Day in The Netherlands. If you are a mother with small children like me, you will be surprised with little crafted gifts with many red hearts and sweet little poems. We take pictures of these moments and we might even print them for...

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‘Letting go to letting come’

Last week, it was my son's first week at school. I waved goodbye hoping he will cry asking me to stay longer, but he didn't. He was ready for it and actually looking forward to it  with excitement.  I, on the other hand, wasn't ready to let go. I was afraid because ...

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How to make your dreams real!

Once, almost thirty years ago,  I had a dream that one day visit I would visit Japan.  I was fascinated by stories with samurais and geishas, but when growing up in communist Romania you know that such dreams are as bold as nowadays travelling to the moon. I almost...

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How good is your balance?

  'It is hard to be a woman, you must think like a man, act like a lady, look like a young girl and work like a horse.' THE PERFECT WOMAN - I am sure you all heard the famous jokes made, mostly by men, about the perfect woman. There is a self-inflicted pain we...

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Mothers and Christmas

Christmas is a family event, we all know that. If you happen to be born into a Christian family you will probably spend Christmas visiting your mother’s house or she might be visiting you. If circumstances don’t allow you to travel, you will be probably connected with...

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Do you have leadership DNA?

We live in a world where famous politicians, entrepreneurs, or film stars will tend to grab the news headlines. Little attention however seems to be paid to those who will truly shape the next generation: parents. There is no leadership more important than parenthood...

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Who was your mother before being ‘Mum’?

Look at this picture and imagine that one day, long time ago, that baby was 'You' and that woman was your own 'Mother'. It is hard to picture what was the life of your own mother before you got to know her as 'Mum'. In your mind, the ' Mum' image is so strong that the...

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Learning by doing

Can you really be a 'Bad mother' or is it just about being a 'bad leader'? I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine who is seriously considering not having kids because she is afraid of being a bad mother. I find it difficult to even write the words...

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Nature versus Nurture

When a woman becomes a mother a wonderful transformation happens in her life. She will soon realize that the cost she has to pay for having and raising children will be higher than for  most men becoming fathers. For millennia, culture and science have colluded to...

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