I SAID YES!

Name: Raina Johnson
Child: Elijah, 4 
Work: Freelance Journalist, Community Organizer, Communications Contractor 
Favorite part about being a mom: Waking up and getting the chance to do it all over again
Least favorite part about being a mom: Washing and folding seemingly endless loads of laundry.
Famous for: Knowing the name of every barista at my local Starbucks.
 

Be a Good Sport

Sports, baseball, la liga cristiana

When I was growing up, I wanted to do everything my brother did, including climbing trees and playing sports. Basketball was my first love, and I recall wanting so badly to be the first girl drafted into the NBA, or to at least beat my brother at every game we played at the neighborhood park. 

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Uncharted Water

Kaufman, Sailing

Kaufman familyCharlotte and Eric Kaufman have created a national storm over "responsible" parenting when they decided to go from Mexico to New Zealand on a 36-foot sailboat with kids - ages 1 and 3 (gasp!) in tow.

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Keep Calm & Keep Pedaling

Training wheels, bikes

Being a single mom has its highs and lows. Over Christmas, I experienced both of those in the same day. Elijah's father sent him a big boy bike. What a great gift! The brightness in Elijah's eyes beamed with excitement and the major low was that I had to haul the huge box up my apartment steps and assemble it.

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Goose and Gander

Recently, I was watched a segment on ABC’s 20/20. This segment was discussing the growing trend of non-custodial mothers, many of whom are white, well-off financially and divorced from the father of their children. And at some point, for whatever their truth was - they voluntarily decided to turn full placement and custody of the children over to the father. 

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Fruit of her labor

Still, in 2014, women do not receive equal pay for an equal day’s work, but the facts remain the same. Research shows that women are the primary breadwinners for their families (especially since the economic downturn), women lead in earning degrees and at the end of the day, positively impact a company’s bottom line – and not because women are cheaper to hire. 

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