Mom works in Italy

Maternity protection:

The law protects the working mother in the different stages of pregnancy and the early years of a child’s life.

First, the health of female workers is protected, she cannot perform dangerous work from the beginning of pregnancy and until the seventh month of age of the child, as well sash cannot work in the night (from 24 to 6).

The law also provides the obligation to abstain from work for the working of two months before the expected date of delivery, up to three months after (though is the possibility to abstain in a time before the two months preceding the expected date of delivery – in certain health conditions of the working – or the month before the expected date of childbirth and the next four months), with the right to 80% of pay (i.e .maternity leave).
In case of death or serious illness of the mother, it is possible for the father takes the paternity leave or have a part time work.

By Law 92/2012 of the law of the job was reformed., it was also introduced, on a trial basis for the 2013-2015 triennium, the father has a obligation to abstain from work for one day within 5 months after birth. The law 208/2015 (SO-CALLED 2016 Stability Law) the obligation to abstain is two days.

Both parents have the right to take time off work also simultaneously within the first years of a child’s life (parental leave).


Milena Sanzaro.

Lose weight: Changing your mindset

I listened a interesting TED Talks about how change your mindset has an effect on your body.

You have to start to consider all the activietise that you perform with your children and after considering them you will lose weight for free.

We did a lots of “exercise” with our children:  we carry them, we play with them, we clean the house, we put all the toys in the right places.

All the activities have one impact in our  metabolism. If we start to consider them and  we will enjoy more play with our children ( burning free calories :)).



The trapezist

We moms are all like a trapezist, always making a thousand tricks to complete everything without falling. It is challenging but, it is a beautiful work that it gives a lot of satisfaction. I like the idea that a mum always smiles for her children like a trapezes smiles for her audience for not to note that to put everything together require to many efforts.

Children clean up their room with fun

How can your children clean up their room without complaining?  Make a list of activities that your children have to do and each time that your child completes one activity you give him a star.

In my experience scolding  is counter productive.

One method that I find very useful for children under 6 years is: make a list of activities that you want that your child does.

Every time your child will complete one activity give him a star.

As soon as the child has reached 10 stars he will be entitled to a have a small present or to have some coins for his/her piggy bank.

Alternatively the child can choose to continue to collect the stars up to a total of 20. As soon as the child has reached 20 starts he can choose a fun park where to go with his family during the week end.

I find this an efficient technique for two motivation:

  1. the child is motivated to assume the correct behavior ( he wants to collect the stars);
  2. during the week end you have the possibility to spend nice time with your family in a activities fun park.


Here is a sample of a list of activities :
• clean up our room
• wash teeth
• give the food to a pet
• eat vegetables or fruit
• build a lego
• homeworks (for children of the last year of nursery)
• read a story with mum or dad

Note :
The choice of  activities is crucial: choose some activities that your child love (eg draw) to compensate some activities that he likes less (clean up his room).

Further advice:  write the list of activities together with your child.

Live out your dreams

Not everything happens by accident: I found an extract from my diary that I had proposed:

“Since I started my university my dream was to found a company. As a young woman the aim was to create a business, to be rich. I am continuing now to have the same dream but I think that the purpose is different. It is not to get rich but to create technologies that can radical change the way we think about healthcare.

The idea born after reading an article in Internationale (one of my favorite magazines): about a man who patented a way to produce absorbent in a cheap way (entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganatham). The amazing thing is that this man instead of thinking to became rich themselves, it preferred to spread this method to improve the living conditions of many women.

Reading this article gave me the hope that it is possible to create something without following strictly the laws of capitalism. After all we women definitely work to support the economic conditions of our families but especially because we want to look in the mirror and see something worthwhile. “

Christkindlmarkt, Christmasmark

During the Christmastime Nuremberg if full of lights and colours.

2016-11-28-13_35_00-risultato-della-ricerca-immagini-di-google-per-http___tourismus-nuernberg-de_imaThe principal activity is in the city center, in the Markt Platz (Hauptmarkt Platz). There is possible to see a wonderful Christmasmarket. There are a lots of small wood houses where you can buy handmade products like the glass Christmas balls. It is also possible to eat some tipical “frankische” Food and drink some warm wine from a traditional “Christchild” cup.

Close to the principal square,in the Hans-Sachs-Platz there is the children market.

2016-11-28-13_35_27-risultato-della-ricerca-immagini-di-google-per-http___tourismus-nuernberg-de_imaThese market is full of carousels, trains, swings, childrens ferris wheels. It is possible to do different attivities with yours childrens:

  • decorate colours candles
  • decorate and bake biscuits
  • meet the Christ child and go for a ride with him.




kindermarktThese activities make your afternoon amazing.


About me


My name is Giovanna and I am 31 years old. I am the mum of two amazing and wonderful children ( 5 years old and 10 months.) I am a full time worker and I live far away of my original family. I am sicilian or better I should say I am European, born in Siracusa and since 3 years and half I am living with my children  and my husband in Germany.

In the last 5 years I lived and worked in 3 different countries: Italy, England and Germany. I am writing this blog because I would like that It will be a platform between mothers to change information , to find advices about education of children, about development of children.  For me use this blog is a way to relaborate  my adventure of mother-trapezist. (always  smiling even if I am in precarious equilibrium).

I also hope that this web site is a way to help other mothers that move to other country with their children or that they are easily travel with their children.





Piadina is the symbol of Romagna a historical region of northern Italy. Piadina is a wrap bread similar to the Mexican2016-10-26-15_58_19-piadina-romagnola Tortilla which can be filled with salami, cheese, vegetables, but also sweet things like honey and Nutella. In the traditional Romagna’s cousin piadina is also on the table as bread for the main courses. Here my favorite recipe for piadina.


Ingredients for 8 piadine:

1Kg                 Flour type 550

600ml              Water

2 tbs                Lard (an alternative is 4 tbs Olive Oil)

2 tsp                Salt

5 tsp                Baking powder

A picture with all the basic ingredients.

2016-10-26-16_01_41-piadina-romagnolaWarm (up to 50°C) the water together with lard (or olive oil).

2016-10-26-16_03_31-piadina-romagnolaPut the flour on the table (or in a ball like in the picture). Add the salt and the baking powder by avoiding them being in contact from the beginning (i.e. put them in two different places of the flour).2016-10-26-16_03_56-piadina-romagnolaAdd the water gradually while kneading up to get a thick dough like the one in the picture.


You can leave the dough in the sealed plastic bag for half an hour, but if you are in hurry you can skip this step.

2016-10-26-16_04_47-piadina-romagnolaRoll the dough as a Pizza and bake it on a thin steel pan. After three times that you flipped the piadina this should be ready. Let it cool it down vertically.


Then enjoy your piadina!

Believe in impossible thing , fearless

I usually listen TED talks, when I am working. I feel happy and I open my mind to evaluate a different points of view. Today I was listening a TED about realise our passione and how believe in impossible things make them real.

I thought that I’d like to follow my passion too and I’d like to give a positive impact in this world, but the problem is that I’m not anymore sure that I know what I want. This situation is protracting by several years, for this reason I thought that I’ll start to do thing, to learn all the things that I think could help me to reach my objective. BECAUSE the time to realise and achieve your target starts now.

Children birthday places party in Nuremberg

Find a birthday place to celebrate the birthday of your child in Nuremberg.

My suggestion is to use this site. There you can find several tips about a birthday place in Nuremberg. (i.e. birthday place in museum, or in a playground or in a fun park.)
It is also possible to rent some rooms, which are located in Glogauer Straße 56, 90473 Nurnberg (100 euro more or less  for rent plus 100 euro for the deposit). (Telefon0: 09 11/98 98 763). Click here to see the web site.

I also did a personal list of birthday places in Nuremberg that you can download clicking here.