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

#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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How I Found My Voice Through LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER


A funny, but really awesome thing happened a few months ago when I stood on stage in front of a crowd of strangers and shared my motherhood story. I finally found my voice. After years and years of being a freelance writer and having that scary dream of standing in front of people in your underwear, well, yeah, basically that's what LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER was for me, a great lesson in finding your voice in the middle of that terrifiying dream. Please journey through me with to discover how LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER helped me find my voice.

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How Watching 'Inside Out' Helped Me Parent

Inside Out.

I took my son on a date to the movies today. We decided on “Inside Out” and FYI: I was great. If you haven’t seen it yet, or have been hiding from the rave reviews like I did, run to your nearest theater and check it out.

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Farmers Market Field Trip

Last week I had the opportunity to chaperone my son’s field trip to the Farmers Market. It was such a fabulous experience for all of us. My first stop was the library, I decided to grab some books for the kids about the Farmers Market and fresh food. The librarian was very helpful. I left with four books, ready to tackle the K4 and K5 field trip.

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The Noise All Around Us

“Mom, I want to be shy,” he said as he pulled his hoodie up over his head.

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