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

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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An Un-haunted Halloween

halloween, parenting

As a kid, I don’t ever remember having a real strong desire to dress up and ask strangers for candy. In school, my classmates all jumped for joy a few days before Halloween as everyone was excited their communities trick-or-treat times and parties.  

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Whose Name Is It Anyway?

I recently read an article about a couple in Tennessee who decided to give their babies a combination of both their last names. The laws in Tennessee have spurred the couple to begin looking into the state's laws and possibly file lawsuits in order to give their newborn baby whatever surname they have choosen (and in this case, it's a combination of both parents' last names.)

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