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It is dinner time at Ida’s and Daniel’s house. Their daughter Rikke sits down by the table with her cousin Astrid, who is visiting today. The two little girls are best friends and love spending time together. The family puppy, Maja, is running around the house playing.
Ida is pregnant, and in five weeks they will welcome a son to their little family. The couple met when they were 23 years old and began discussing having children once in their thirties.
Compared to many of our friends, we decided to have children quite late, seeing as we have been together for so long. We loved traveling and having the freedom to do whatever we wanted. I think we both held on to that for a very long time, Ida says.
A little over two years ago, Ida gave birth to their daughter Rikke.
How was your maternity leave with Rikke?There were constantly surprises, and I discovered something new about this little person every day. It was strange when my maternity leave was over, and Daniel began his paternity leave. I had been the one who knew everything about Rikke. When I started working, it took about a week before Daniel became the expert. I think it is so healthy and beneficial for the father to have that time alone with his child. I also think our paternity leave is one of the biggest reasons Norwegian fathers are as involved as they are, Ida explains.
What do you talk about around the dinner table?Rikke tells us how her day was, and we talk to her about friends she’s made, activities she’s done and the new things she has learned.
Favorite dinner: Salmon, in any shape or form. We especially like sushi or oven roasted.
Their favorite holiday as a family: We went to Sardinia during our parental leave, where we rented a house for two weeks with friends. It was amazing!
Let your child participate in grown-up up activities to help build motor skills and encourage involvement. Doing so may take longer and create more of a mess, but it is also a lovely way to bond with your child. Although this wouldn’t be considered an everyday tip, consider booking an apartment via Airbnb when you go on vacation. We went to Madrid, and the apartment was fully furnished and even included a Stokke® Sleepi™ Mini crib in the kids’ bedroom.
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