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A Kid’s Life: Italia

26 Jun

One of the things I’m most interested in is a country’s daily traditions, routines and culture.  I love learning about what an average person does on an average day and finding out all the big and more discreet differences compared to my and my family’s daily routine and happenings.

When I meet a new family from a different country I can usually be found grilling them with questions regarding what they eat, their school system, their free time activities, their daily schedules and vacation rituals.  It’s so interesting to learn about a new culture through what they do on a daily routine basis.

We personally are a bit of a mixed family in regards to our daily routines and traditions thanks to the fact we are a Canadian and a Belgian living in Italy.  We have sort of adopted different aspects of all three cultures and mixed it all up into our daily grind.  It works for us but I’m sure some people would find it absolutely confusing.

So I’ve decided to contact some families from various countries and ask them some pretty basic and simple questions regarding their family and kid’s daily life.  The last question is my favorite, it’s really something I find so interesting to hear from different cultures.  Hope you enjoy it!

I thought I would interview an Italian family as the kick-off to this series.  Gaia has been a good friend of mine for years and is also a fellow blogger (check out her site patasgnaffi).  Let’s see what she has to say about her daily life.

Where do you live?
I live in Northern Italy on Lago Maggiore

Are both you and your husband the same nationality?
Yes, both Italian.

How many children do you have? What are their ages?
We have 3 kids: a 10 year old boy, a little 6 year old girl who is convinced she’s a princess and wee little gnome of a girl who just turned one.

What language(s) do you speak at home?
We speak Italian at home.

In Italy what age do kids start school?
In Italy kids start elementary/Primary school at 6 years old, which means La Principessa will start this coming September.  {Jillian: Italian Scuola Materna (kindergarten)  starts at 3 years old}

During the school year, what time do your kids get up in the morning?
We all get up at 7:15

What do your kids eat for breakfast?
I always try to have a cake or some muffins made for breakfast, but often my kids prefer to eat bread with butter and jam or cereal with fruit.  There is always freshly squeezed orange juice on the table and La Principessa has discovered that a good omelet in the morning is fantastic!

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