Author Archive | Maureen Shealer Zhao

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Respecting the Young Introvert in Your Home

“Stay away from me! I was not made to be around people!” Those were actual words that came from our six-year old’s mouth as his cousins played with him one afternoon. Upon hearing him say that I teetered between wanting to sternly yell, “Oh, no, no, no, we don’t talk to people that way!” and […]

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Five Realizations About Marriage After Single Parenting

After five happy years of single parenting, I married the love of my life and became a wife and parenting partner all at once. It’s been an amazing journey, but I’d be a fool to expect it to be easy. I love being married to my husband and my son loves having him as his […]

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There is Beauty in Your Pregnancy, Even if it Ended Early

Not too long ago our seemingly healthy pregnancy came to a surprising and terribly sad end somewhere near our second trimester. Now, before you worry about feeling too many sad feelings as you read this, my message isn’t one of only pain, though there is a place for that. Today I want to talk about something […]

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The Pros and Cons of Choosing a Language Immersion School

Let me tell you the truth. The unromanticized, the good-the bad-and-the ugly truth about sending your child to an immersion school. We are eight months into our experience. Eight long, tiring, yet rewarding months into Chinese immersion. And let me tell you…it’s not easy. But it sure is good. Let me start with how our […]

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Great-Grandma’s Last Gift

I grew up spending my summers at my grandparents’ lake home in Wisconsin. A couple dozen grandchildren cramped into bedrooms, piled in bunk beds and sleeping bags, snuggled together with fingertips sticky from s’mores, the scent of bonfire in our hair. Wet bathing suits hung on the porch railing, never lacking hugs and giggles and hot […]

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I Ended Up With Ten People in the Delivery Room

When my pregnancy test showed those two little pink lines, I was far from creating a birth plan. I was blindsided and scared. That’s all there was to it. When you go into survival mode, you aren’t thinking about the future, you are only thinking about getting through the next moments. The father of these […]

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A Lazy Mom’s Guide to Kindergarten Readiness

I used to be a good teacher. Until I got my own kid. I also used to be really good at telling parents what they should and shouldn’t do to help their child be ready for that first day of Kindergarten. And maybe a little too quick to judge when they weren’t following my seemingly realistic […]

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