Shawnta is a corporate cubical warrior turned caregiver, educator, and author. In her family of three, she, her husband, and their son enjoy escaping into screens, games, and the written page. The dreadlocked mama, bearded daddy, and never-shave-off-my-mohawk-again kiddo also clearly take their hair commitments as seriously as they do their next game night. Shawnta and her boys are lifelong Wisconsinites. When Shawnta is on her own (and not working on her next book), she enjoys Wordscapes, YA series, and most of Netflix.

Dear Vacation Mom

Every vacation has a maestro, a manager, a vacation mom. When everyone else is on vacation, mom or another caregiver sweats the small stuff, the big stuff, and all the stuff in between - so...

Hey, Holiday Babies: I See You!

Tis the season…To have people forget your birthday? My birthday is between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, in the middle of Kwanzaa. It’s surrounded by an air of good cheer and a flurry of celebrations....

Presence Over Presents: Please Don’t Buy My Child a Birthday Gift

Ironically, gift-free, guilt-free birthday parties keep me present. We had a big party for our kiddo’s first birthday. It was great to get together, but it was also very overwhelming. Planning, partying, opening, thanking… I...