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}.

Tips for Raising a Compassionate Classmate

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There's a lot we can do to make sure our kids are ready when they first go to school, but are we preparing them in all the ways they need? This is the question I...

How Do I Worry for Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

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By nature, I am a worrier. Add nature with motherhood and I am a disaster. When I was pregnant with my son, I remember thinking, “ Once I’m through the first trimester, then I won’t worry...

Why Bedtime is Our Sweetest Time of Day

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My favorite part of the day is understandably some parents’ least favorite. Bedtime. I know we all love after they've fallen asleep (trust me, I understand- I pour myself a glass of wine as reward each night), but in...

Please Don’t Applaud Me for Being a Single Mom

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Please don’t applaud me for being a single mom. That may seem a bit strident, but really, please don’t. I am a mother just like you. It may seem amazing that someone can parent without a partner,...

5 Things I’ve Learned From Mothers Around the World

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I love learning from others. Especially from those different than me. I seriously don’t think there’s anything more amazing than the opportunity to listen to the stories of those who have experienced some of the darkest and most...

The Surprising Reason My Son Wasn’t Talking {And the simple thing that helped}

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I’ve often considered writing an article titled, “Here, Let Me Make That Mistake For You!” Between a couple of parent friends and myself I think we have enough content to fill up a few posts. Perhaps they...

Thank You: A Thyroid Cancer Journey {Part 2}

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The night of January 19th I took a shower that reeked of antiseptic soap. It turned what normally would be a very pleasant and therapeutic coconut and ginger scented shower into the smell of an operating...

The Things I’ll do for Love: A Thyroid Cancer Journey {Part 1}

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On Tuesday, I wore this new sweater to work:   It was my latest and favorite Goodwill find. I instantly fell in love. Why would anyone get rid of this?! The morning I slipped this sweater on...

Thrifty Halloween Shopping at Savers {Sponsored Post}

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For this post, Twin Cities Moms Blog has partnered with Savers, a thrift store company whose mission is to provide the best shopping experience and selection for it's customers. Our writer, Maureen, has enjoyed...

When Mom Goes Back to School: Five Things to Consider

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Considering going back to school? Not sure if you’d be able to balance relationships, parenting, work and taking care of yourself? Worried you might sacrifice your family for the sake of your studies? It...