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

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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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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