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Lisa Jo Baker

Be Careful What You Tell Your Daughter -- She Might Believe You

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

How does a mom strap that Hello Kitty backpack onto her only daughter's tiny frame and send her out the door, down the three front steps and into the world when there are so many wolves abroad?

What I Learned When I Ran A 5K With My Son

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

There is fast and there is kind, and today my son was both. Just not at the same time.

It's Time To Tell The Truth About Motherhood

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

Not one mom in two years told me she found it hard. That it wasn't easy or natural or normal to suddenly be in charge of another human being.

A Southern Cross Love Song: Remembering Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Lisa-Jo Baker

Mandela was home to so many of us who have lived in the in-between. Brave orator, brilliant lawyer, complicated father. Flawed and wildly followable.

Why I Really Hold Onto My Pre-Mom Jeans

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

I fit into my self better than I ever fit into my Prague jeans. I fit into this house and this family and this story we're living of tired parents who glory in the quiet beauty of waking up beside boys who have pretzeled themselves in between us under cover of dreams.

A Promise For My Daughter

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 10.24.2013 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

When the car crashes. When you have more long distance charges than you thought possible. When you run out of gas, chocolate chip cookies and faith. I will be there.

For The Desperate New Mom Who Thinks She's Crazy Alone

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 10.18.2013 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

I know now -- now that I'm three kids in -- that being a new mom and losing your mind have plenty in common.

When You Think Your Love Story Is Boring

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

There is a fantasy, a black-and-white screen cliché that love looks like the mad, romantic dash through airports for a last chance at a flailing kiss. And then the credits roll. And the lights come on. And we must go back to our real lives where we forget that love really lives.