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Des Moines Summer Reading Programs

Before the road trips and family reunions, between camps and around the long-delayed dentist appointments, is a summertime lull. Many local attractions can help fill these few unplanned moments. But there is one magical place to rule them all: a safe haven full of ideas, characters, and imagination, complete with fearless leaders and climate control. […]

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To the Moms Before Me: I’m Sorry

Moms, I owe you an apology.   You, my friends and family members who became mothers before I did, who grappled and groaned with child-rearing before I could even imagine it, deserve my honesty. You have been the target of my ignorant and fantastically misguided conceit.   Here is my confession. As I enjoyed my […]

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Kindergarten Conundrum: A Quest for Education Perfection

I’ve fallen down a parenting rabbit hole. No, that’s not true. I’ve voluntarily jumped headfirst down this particular rabbit hole, with only a vague understanding of the shadowy end I’m hoping to find: the perfect kindergarten. Our son doesn’t start kindergarten until August. However, registration for many districts started in February, so decisions have to […]

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being needed as a mom and needing space

Mom Confession: My Conflicted Relationship with Being Needed

I got into the mommy business knowingly not knowing anything. So when we had two kids of our own, the surprises were beyond measure — some heart-warming, some challenging, all unforgettable. But what still catches me off-guard repeatedly, even after almost five years of parenting, is the all-encompassing need. Need for Mom. Need for me. […]

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Liz Johnson

Meet Liz Johnson

I put three things on my “Don’t” list during the well-intentioned yet disingenuous years of my late teens and early twenties: 1. Don’t live in Iowa. 2. Don’t become a teacher. 3. Don’t be a stay-at-home mom. This “Don’t” list has since become the “Do’s” that define my life — and I couldn’t be happier […]

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