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

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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Encouraging Your Young Reader

Summer Reading, Milwaukee Public Library, Super Reader

When Elijah was a newborn, I was all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. After all, I felt on top of the world. I was finishing my last semester in college. I’d read to him my American Literature books for my English final exams, and big psychology books for my minor in psychology. It was a win-win situation, I thought. We read my books, and children’s books that were gifted to us early on in the pregnancy. I found that reading to my son, made us engage together and it also helped with spending quality time together as a family. It was great and I felt like we were off to a good start!

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ICYMI: My Listen To Your Mother Story

LTYM, motherhood, mothers day

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Remembering hope when many are suffering

Baltimore, Nepal, Hope, Depression

What woke me up last night at 3am was this thought: “how, in the face of so much pain, do we hold on to hope?” As I lay in bed, I couldn’t help but to think of the earthquake victims in Nepal and the community of Baltimore, rebelling against a long-corrupt system of police misconduct.

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