Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson
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Liz is mom to first grader Jonah, preschooler Gwendolyn, and baby Theo. She and Troy married and bought a Beaverdale home in 2010. A teacher on maternal hiatus, Liz prefers reading to housekeeping and uses West Wing reruns to settle her mind. She believes any problem can be solved with fiction but loves to explore her reality in Des Moines.
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Des Moines Summer Reading Programs

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Before the road trips and family reunions, between camps and around the long-delayed dentist appointments, is a summertime lull. Many local attractions can help fill these few unplanned moments. But there is one magical...
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To the Moms Before Me: I’m Sorry

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Moms, I owe you an apology.   You, my friends and family members who became mothers before I did, who grappled and groaned with child-rearing before I could even imagine it, deserve my honesty. You...
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Kindergarten Conundrum: A Quest for Education Perfection

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I’ve fallen down a parenting rabbit hole. No, that’s not true. I’ve voluntarily jumped headfirst down this particular rabbit hole, with only a vague understanding of the shadowy end I’m hoping to find: the...
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The Playdating Game: Finding the Perfect Playdate Match

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I did not enjoy dating. Bad first dates haunted me: the verbal missteps, the physical discomfort, the endless overanalysis. It was a happy day when marriage promised -- among other things -- the end...
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Mom Confession: My Conflicted Relationship with Being Needed

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I got into the mommy business knowingly not knowing anything. So when we had two kids of our own, the surprises were beyond measure -- some heart-warming, some challenging, all unforgettable. But what still...
Liz Johnson

Meet Liz Johnson

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I put three things on my “Don’t” list during the well-intentioned yet disingenuous years of my late teens and early twenties: 1. Don’t live in Iowa. 2. Don’t become a teacher. 3. Don’t be a stay-at-home mom. This...