Welcome to Families First Monthly
A resource for parents
With this issue Families First Monthly enters17 years of being. There have been many changes during this time. Our first Teen Talk columnist is now our Musings of a Young Mother columnist. And we had another Teen Talk writer before our current teen Annaka Hansen. Kids tend to grow up. When I started the paper my boys were in their teens. Now in their thirties, one son has a family and two sons of his own. I have had the pleasure to meet many writers and to share their stories with our readers. One of the biggest (and best, I think) changes with this publication was bringing Joe Thatcher on board as Associate Editor. I am happy I met a wonderful man (my husband) who enjoys publishing as much as I do. His help is immeasurable.
I am constantly reminded there are many kinds of families and sometimes things can be tough. In this issue we have a story about a single mom who started her own business. There is a mom who wrote a book about her childhood and her journey – which started with having a mom who was not safe to be around – as a foster child. There is a story on page 5 about becoming a refugee and how the life you know changes forever. One of my favorite columns in this issue is about a mom who talks with her young son about a dandelion he just picked.
Thank you for reading and have a happy spring.
Laura Lee Kalchik