Name: Raina Johnson
Child: Elijah, 5 
Work: Freelance writer
Favorite part about being a mom: Watching Elijah's curiousity for the world grow.
Least favorite part about being a mom: The amount of laundry I do.
Famous for: My love of coffee and books.
Follow her on Twitter @RainaWrites

Now I know how teachers feel on the last day of school: I barely survived winter break

winter break, holidays, kids, school

Welcome to 2016! Happy New Year!

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How Shonda Rhimes Helped Me Find My Own "Yes"

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes, Parenting

Recently, I read a story about how the admittedly introverted Shonda Rhimes, the force behind prime time television hits, such as "Grey's Anatomy," and "Scandal," decided to start saying "Yes" to everything, including her three children. She even wrote a book about it, "Year of Yes." I was inspired by Rhimes to write my own "yes" story, too, about my son and the huge power of such a small word. 

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Double the fun? When a holiday and a birthday collide

holidays, stress, birthdays

I remember hearing stories of friends who were born on or very close to Christmas day and the pity from others. The questions were never-ending, "Does your family combine your gifts?" "Do you get cake?" "When do you celebrate?" 

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Parenting is hard, so is remembering that you're the tooth fairy

We both had been anticipating the day for a few weeks. He would come home and wiggle his tooth and I’d jokingly give him ideas to pull it out. “We could find a sting and attach to your tooth...” For a few days, I think he was eating at least three apples a day.

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#NoShameParenting I Bring My Kid to Work

#NoShameParenting, Working Families, Low-Wage Workers, Paid Leave

I’m a single mom, and I work a low-wage job, but I know I am not alone because two-thirds of low-wage workers are women, and many U.S. households depend solely or heavily on the income of a working mom. I’m here to share my #NoShameParenting story on how judgement runs thick for me and thousands of women like me.

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