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Stop Saying My Adopted Child Is Lucky To Have Me, Raise Magazine

Stop Saying My Adopted Child Is Lucky To Have Me

While we appreciate the sentiment, adoptive and foster parents can’t help but cringe when they hear the phrase. I’m hardly the first person to make this point. A quick Google search of…
Stepmoms: The Invisible Heroes of Back-To-School, Raise Magazine

Stepmoms: The Invisible Heroes of Back-To-School

To the stepmom who fills out the school forms that don’t list a blank for your name,   I see you.   To the stepmom who calls the pediatrician for copies of…

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Influenced My Pandemic Parenting, Raise Magazine

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Influenced My Pandemic Parenting

For the lucky few of us who can control our own hours, Justice Ginsburg offers us a choice. And a challenge. I’ve been shit at balancing work and motherhood ever since Levon…
The Dos and Don’ts Of Eloping During The Pandemic, Raise Magazine

The Do’s and Don’ts Of Eloping During The Pandemic

While I would change a few details about the day, I have never once regretted eloping. Long before the pandemic, Warren and I eloped in Central Park. It wasn’t a secret or…
Distance Learning Essentials for Remote Kindergarten, Raise Magazine

Distance Learning Essentials for Remote Kindergarten

Everything you need to survive, and dare we say, thrive, during distance learning this fall. After three weeks of Zoom school, I’ve finally determined the items we need to succeed. I didn’t…
In Conversation with Jeena Wilder: Our Transracial Adoption, Raise Magazine

In Conversation with Jeena Wilder: Our Transracial Adoption

"I see color, but I've never seen it as a reason why you can't do something or hang out with someone or be someone's mother." Influencer Jeena Wilder is mom to four …
How To Talk To Your Kids About 9/11, Raise Magazine

How To Talk To Kids About 9/11

How is it that the parents I know, who take their five-year-olds to protests, thoughtfully confront George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter, and teach their children about consent from the first…
Our Blended Family: Three Dads, One Mom, Raise Magazine

Our Blended Family: Three Dads, One Mom

I am a single mother of three beautiful children and yes, they all have different fathers. Several weeks ago, I came across a post from our contributor Grace Victoria about the judgment…
What To Expect During Your First Week of Virtual Kindergarten, Raise Magazine

What To Expect Your First Week of Virtual Kindergarten

Adjusting your expectations may be the key to survival. If it’s possible to survive this at all. Week One of Zoom kindergarten nearly broke me. On Friday, I took the first nap…
The Easiest Rum Cocktail For Parties, Raise Magazine

The Easiest Rum Cocktail For Parties

Perfect for both pool parties and parties of one. Sailor Jerry’s Rum + lemonade. Whether you’re celebrating the last week of summer or surviving the first week of distance learning, this easy…