The Shared Journey

a blog by Marissa Bader

The Void

I’m doing something big tonight. Something I’m proud of myself for. Something that is wildly outside of my comfort zone. I’ve written a very raw piece about motherhood, and I’ll be reading that piece in front of approximately 650 people. But one important person won’t be there: my mother.

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Leaving

“Goodbye, sweetheart,” he said, as he wrapped his warm arms around me and pulled me in for one of his signature Papa Bear hugs. He

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Announcing: Petunia The Perfectionist

My upcoming and 3rd children’s book, which is titled Petunia The Perfectionist, is currently in the illustration stage. Wait until you see how gorgeously my illustrator, Ellie Beykzadeh, is bringing Petunia and her world to life.

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5 Tips for Spending Quality Time with Each Child

While I used to think quality time meant an extensive and well-thought out date outside the house doing something fun or adventurous, now I realize that what my kids (and I) really crave is simply uninterrupted time together. In fact, research has shown that it’s not the amount of time spent with your children, but rather the quality of that time that counts. 

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Speaking Up

My soon-to-be released children’s book Stella’s Brave Voice is all about a little girl, Stella, learning to speak up for herself and use her voice

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Strong and Brave Voice

My new children’s book, Stella’s Brave Voice, will be debuting soon, and, like its predecessor The Only Me, the inspiration behind this book is near

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Stella’s Brave Voice follows the twins from The Only Me and has earned a 5-star Book Review Award from Litpick and Reader’s Favorite. 

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The Only Me was named one of the top 100 indie children’s books of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews and earned a 5-star Book Review Award from Litpick. 

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