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Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Michelle is a homeschooling mom of two who lives in South City with her husband, kids, two cats, and a dog. Her family loves reading, hiking, and art. She runs Dayla Learning, a place for online classes and curriculum in the humanities. She likes to write about education, work-life balance, and exploring all the wonderful experiences St. Louis has to offer.
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5 Tips for Surviving a Long Family Road Trip

Planning a long road trip? Check out these ingenious tips!   For three years, I've been telling myself that I was going to take my kids to sled on the sand at White Sands National Park....

When it Gets Dark: Beating the Winter Blues

Fall is my favorite season. I love being chilly, wrapping up in a sweater, sitting by a campfire. I love overcast days and brightly colored leaves, the crisp crunch underfoot when I go for...
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“Just Let Them Win”: Perspectives on Playing Games with Kids

We play a lot of games in our house — mostly board and card games. I’ve written about some of our favorites before. Recently, I watched a debate unfold on social media about whether...
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A Decade of Hearing Your Truths (Notes to My Tween Daughter)

You’re brand new to this world, and I’m brand new to this — this vulnerability, this all-consuming love. Though you cannot talk, your truths are not hard to find. You shriek your needs without...

Wordle and the Power of Shared Experiences

Social media has profoundly transformed the way we experience human existence. We’re hard-wired to seek connection, community, and visibility. We want to be seen, heard, and understood. It’s at the heart of some of...
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Business Book Series: Change How You Look at the World

I’m back with my final post in my quest for the perfect business self-help book. I’m ending the year with a look at two very powerful books by two very powerful women.   Book 1: We...
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Business Book Series: Inspirational Tales of Powerful Women

Looking to be inspired by the tales of powerful women? You’re in the right place!   Hi, again! I’m still sifting through business self-help books and bringing you my findings. This month I’ve got two inspiring...
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Business Book Series: Who’s Got the Time?

Need to learn strategies for time management?  Read on for some tips!     It’s me again with another pair of productivity self-help books to examine. This week, I’m putting two books next to each other that...

Business Book Series: Breaking the Rules

Hey! I’m back! If you remember, I’ve set out on a quest to find the perfect business self-help book, and I’m bringing you my results in a series of blog posts. Up first, I...
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Boss Babes, Mompreneurs, 4-Hour Workweeks, and Me: The Search for the Perfect Business Self-Help...

This is the first post in a series about Mompreneurs and finding the perfect business self-help book.     Here are some facts about me:   Almost everyone I knew well enough to understand their financial situation growing...