Maureen Zhao

Maureen Zhao
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Maureen is an educator and a mom to a sweet and wild seven year old named Leo and newborn named Remy. She and her family can be found digging in the dirt, seeking adventures outside, traveling, hunting down thrifty deals, visiting local museums and parks, discovering new global flavors at local restaurants, and looking for resourceful ways to be involved in their community together. Maureen is eager to connect with those around her regardless of where they come from and is passionate about raising a son who cares for the world around him. Both her and her family have a strong desire to be where the action is, yet yearn for the solace that is found when they're surrounded by nature. When not in the city where home and work is, they can often be found venturing north and setting up camp where the only thing they need to worry about is where to bike that day and where to find the best view of the sunset. You can follow Maureen and her family's daily adventures on Instagram {@maureenshealer}.

First Trimester Isolation

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One of the most beautiful times of many women’s lives has turned out to be the most isolating time in mine. The first trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy is supposed to be lovely and glowing and...

Our Family Will Never Use Blended Family Labels

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“You are such a good stepdad!” an innocent lady on Facebook typed under a picture of my husband and our son. Wait, a good what? Who is she talking about? It took me a few...

Respecting the Young Introvert in Your Home

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“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...

Five Realizations About Marriage After Single Parenting

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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...

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

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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 Words Are Making Life Harder Than It Needs To Be

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I caught myself saying some pretty unnecessary words to my son the other night as I hopped in the shower. Eager to finally clean up after a long day, I turned to him and said,“I’m...

The Pros and Cons of Choosing a Language Immersion School

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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...

Treasure Hunting: Five Items I Prefer to Buy From a Thrift Store

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In our house, shopping secondhand was originally born out of necessity, but quickly turned into a thrill similar to a treasure hunt. A single income home with a growing little boy, I was often...

Five Reasons to Head North This Winter

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Since becoming a mom, I’ve become a pretty loyal homebody. However, that hasn’t made me immune to catching the travel itch. I love a change of scenery. We started this year with a pretty incredible...

The Day I Stopped Being My Child’s Everything

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I used to be my son’s everything. I was his favorite. The one he came to for it all. I was a pretty big deal in his eyes. Now I'm learning to share that...

Helping Your Child Through Major Life Changes

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Families around the world go through transitions. Some are big, some are small. Some are planned. Some are the result of a crisis. A break in our structure and routine can throw off not only...

Great-Grandma’s Last Gift

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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...

I Ended Up With Ten People in the Delivery Room

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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...

A Goodbye Note From Your Child’s Teacher

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I remember the first time I met you. I’ve probably had a thousand parents walk through my door, but I remember the moment you first came. Your little one was shyly standing by your side....