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Name: Raina Johnson
Child: Elijah, 4 
Work: Reporter and Starbucks barista
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
 

Kids not home for the holidays?

It’s engrained in our minds from a young age that the holidays are a time meant for family. The media, the malls and even some employers push the idea that holidays are reserved for everyone coming together and creating memories. But when you’re co-parenting coming together for the holidays may be a little tricky.

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Elections matter to the smallest of voices

voting, elections, early education

When I turned 18, I guess you can say I wasn’t typical. I wasn’t excited to buy a lottery ticket or a pack of cigarettes, I was more excited to become a registered voter. On March 1, 2004, I did just that. And what a year it was! On November 2, 2004, I voted in my first presidential election, Kerry and Bush. It was an exciting time in my life and an exciting time in our country.

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How do you deal with a bad report card?

I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am mother of a four year old. One day, my little boy will grow up and become a black man. He just started school and I can’t wait to get the first report card. Report cards are a valuable tool in analyzing progress and areas to improve upon.

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Building a village

There are many moving parts and pieces when you’re a parent. Most days, it can feel like you are being pulled in a thousand different directions. But what do you do combat the feeling of an overwhelmed life?  A lot of parents are stretched thin – both with time and finances.

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Is it too early for school blues?

The beginning of the school year is filled with so much promise and excitement. Everyone is excited. Teachers, parents and kids. 

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