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

The Day My 6-year-old Took City Hall By Storm

Last week Friday, my son had an amazing opportunity to do a job shadow with Alderwoman Coggs. It was a day off of school and I couldn’t imagine a better time for him to learn more about a career he shows interest in. A few weeks ago, I posted some of my son’s Aldermanic ideas to Facebook and Alderwoman Coggs reached out to me so we could set up a job shadow.

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A (Very) Short Guide to Giving Yourself a Gift on Valentine's Day

single parents, valentines day

Ah, I know, the "hallmark" holiday has arrived and retailers have no storage of bright red and pink hearts, and fancy chocolates to delight us and entice us into buying gifts for those that we love.

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Now I know how teachers feel on the last day of school: I barely survived winter break

winter break, holidays, kids, school

Welcome to 2016! Happy New Year!

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How Shonda Rhimes Helped Me Find My Own "Yes"

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes, Parenting

Recently, I read a story about how the admittedly introverted Shonda Rhimes, the force behind prime time television hits, such as "Grey's Anatomy," and "Scandal," decided to start saying "Yes" to everything, including her three children. She even wrote a book about it, "Year of Yes." I was inspired by Rhimes to write my own "yes" story, too, about my son and the huge power of such a small word. 

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Double the fun? When a holiday and a birthday collide

holidays, stress, birthdays

I remember hearing stories of friends who were born on or very close to Christmas day and the pity from others. The questions were never-ending, "Does your family combine your gifts?" "Do you get cake?" "When do you celebrate?" 

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