Bold Child is something the nuns called me in college. It confused me because in my mind “bold” was synonymous with strength and courage. They clearly saw that as a problem.

I never really fit into their mold or pretty much anyone else’s. Eventually, I came to see that as a good thing. Needless to say, I graduated from somewhere else.

I’m Melissa McLaughlin. I’m a writer, an instructional designer, and I served on my local school board for twelve years. I’ve been blogging since 2005, formerly at @ Home in the World, where I wrote about international adoption and other parenting experiences when my kids were small. I’m a political junkie, now a parent to teenagers and a partner to my husband of 25+ years. Learning is at the heart of everything I do. I know I am strong, sometimes I’m courageous, but mostly I’m just trying to figure it all out.

While this is my personal blog. I write a lot about education, healthcare and general politics. A lot of my writing can be found at The Broad Side. I was named a BlogHer Voice of the Year for this essay. I also write at Medium. After a hiatus of nearly five years, I am finding my voice again.