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Collection: Tanika Davis' columns

  • How this busy parent will find balance in 2019

    How this busy parent will find balance in 2019

    New years mean new opportunities to know better, do better, be better – and who isn’t in need of bettering? (Aside from Jason Momoa.) I, for one, have so many things to improve, it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with the obvious, the No. 1 resolution on most folks’ lists: health. In...

  • Don't blame parenting for the shooting of a 5-year-old in West Baltimore

    Don't blame parenting for the shooting of a 5-year-old in West Baltimore

    A 5-year-old girl was shot in the city on Monday. Carrying a doll in her small hands, she was walking to the corner store for juice when a bullet, meant for someone else, struck her. There are so many things to be outraged about in those two sentences. Personally, I get stuck at “a 5-year-old girl...

  • What's the perfect age to become a parent? No one seems to know.

    What's the perfect age to become a parent? No one seems to know.

    My little (42-year-old) cousin had his first child at age 20 and his second at 21. Next year, he and his wife are planning a trip of a lifetime together, trekking through Nepal and Bhutan. For a month. I had my boys at 36 and my daughter at 38. Next year, my husband and I are planning a week in...

  • Why I'll talk to my sons about sexual assault

    Why I'll talk to my sons about sexual assault

    Last week, Facebook reminded me that I wrote my inaugural parenting column for this newspaper four years ago this month. My first essay, with the headline “Ray Rice, my sons — and my daughter,” came pouring out of my mother-of-three heart after the shocking video of domestic abuse at the hands...

  • Motherhood changed me — and my brain

    Motherhood changed me — and my brain

    Motherhood changes you. This is a refrain pregnant women or new mothers will hear quite often. Sometimes the statement — usually coming from another, more experienced mother — is even bigger: Motherhood, they’ll say, changes everything. For me, the warnings came so often, they became like background...

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