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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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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...
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Having a Balanced (Book) Diet

There's more than one way to read a book ...   How do you keep them all straight? I can barely handle one book! There’s no way I could keep track of them all.   I’ve got a...

Living in the Lou: Tower Grove Park Gives A Taste of City Life

  What’s it like to be a mom living in the Tower Grove South neighborhood? Pretty amazing! I absolutely adore living here, and I feel like we’ve found a place that really lets us soak...

Returning to the World (Opening the Pandemic Closet)

Returning to the world after a pandemic ... how does one do that?     In March 2020, as the world shut down, I took a lot of the things in my life and crammed them in...
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Yes, I’m an English Professor. No, I’m not Judging Your Grammar.

“You’re an English professor? Uh-oh. Don’t judge my text messages!”   It’s usually just a joke, but I know that it’s a joke that has at least a little bit of truth to it. The fact...
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Rethinking the Screen Time Debate: 4 Questions I Ask Myself Now

Screen time was a challenge before the pandemic. Now? With a little bit of consideration, it doesn't have to be so tough.   They’re going to ask. Sometimes it’s from the moment they wake up. My...
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I Don’t Need Help Saying No: I Need to Say Yes … with...

Sometimes saying no is easier than learning how to say yes ... with limits.       It’s January, so I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that we’re all being inundated with a list of the...
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Board Games Your Family Will Love to Play

My family has always liked board games, but the pandemic has brought out a whole other side of things. As our other avenues for entertainment and interaction dwindled, our love for board games grew,...
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The (Dis)Comfort Zone: 4 Things to Watch When Everything Falls Apart

Looking for things to watch as we spend more time distanced in our homes? Read on...   I recently got HBO Max, and there’s a category called “Comfort Zone.” It has subcategories like “When You Need...
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Controlling What We Can: How the Pandemic Expanded My Cooking Routine

There are people who love household tasks, and then there are people like me. I can intellectually understand the peaceful — even joyful — potential of acts like cooking, turning a pile of dirty dishes...