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Archive for Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother love

Daughters pay tribute to young, multitasking moms

Tasha rose Keathley-Helms reads with daughters Liliana, left, and Ella in their west Lawrence home. The winner of the Journal-World Mother's Day essay contest's elementary division likes to read, draw and finger-paint with her daughters and son Jack, 3. Keathley-Helms also is pursuing a doctorate in political science at Kansas University.

Tasha rose Keathley-Helms reads with daughters Liliana, left, and Ella in their west Lawrence home. The winner of the Journal-World Mother's Day essay contest's elementary division likes to read, draw and finger-paint with her daughters and son Jack, 3. Keathley-Helms also is pursuing a doctorate in political science at Kansas University.

May 13, 2007

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There were several standout entries amid the more than 200 submissions for the Journal-World's Mother's Day essay contests.

Mothers, stepmothers and grandmothers drew praise for their patience, their great advice, their superb suppers and their homework help. But when we selected the elementary and secondary school division winners, we realized the two mothers had something in common: Both began their families at unusually young ages.

Tasha Rose Keathley-Helms started her family at age 21. She's mother to Liliana and Ella, both 6, and Jack, 3. She's a doctoral student in political science at Kansas University, and has traveled to Africa to work on her studies and build houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Kama Fernandez was 19 when she had Melanie McCain, 15, and has balanced raising a daughter solo and working two jobs as a nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Read Melanie McCain's essay

Read Ella and Lilliana Keathley-Helms' essay

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