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For Any Working Mom, Child Care Is Essential

July 29, 2013
If 2012 was the year of the woman, 2013 is the year of the working mom. And that's why I'm headed to California. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi along with Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Doris Matsui and others announced a new Women's Economic Agenda, built on three key pillars for driving women's economic advancement: 1) equal pay for equal work, 2) work-family balance, including paid sick leave and a livable minimum wage, and 3) access to quality, affordable child care. As many have noted, these priorities are not new ideas. Women have been advocating for decades for these policies,...
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Save the Tooth Fairy! Toy Industry Execs Highjack a Childhood Icon

July 16, 2013
Some of the toy industry's most powerful players are trying to hijack the Tooth Fairy. Until now, the Tooth Fairy was one of the few iconic children's fantasy figures that escaped being captured, branded, and monetized. But shocking footage from a pitch to investors by Paul Yanover, CEO of Fandango and former Disney senior executive, shows that's about to change -- big time. The pitch is preposterous enough to be parody, but its intent is dead serious. "Can you believe?" the video begins , "that a childhood character known by millions worldwide has not yet been licensed?" To the alluring "ca-...
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How Play Can Unlock Your Child's Superpowers

July 8, 2013
A couple of weeks ago at the Points of Light 2013 National Conference on Volunteering and Service , I gave a talk on Unlocking Our Superpowers . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-04HJvBaUqw In the talk, I offered up the admittedly controversial definition of superpowers as the “quirky and unique mix of personality and talents brought to bear in response to a need or opportunity to breathtaking effect.” What interests me about superpowers, though, is not so much the definition of them, but rather their origin: the activities, experiences and environments that help people unlock their superpowers...
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Rally for Babies!

July 3, 2013
Are you all ready for tomorrow? At MomsRising, we've been setting up the sparklers, the sprinklers, and the BBQ, but there's one more thing we've all got to do to celebrate our nation's birthday: Rally for babies! Rallying for babies and toddlers is a great way to celebrate our nation's birthday, July 4th. Plus, when infants and toddlers get a strong start, our entire nation prospers. *Take a moment now to celebrate July 4th and rally for babies with a quick click of your mouse! Sign on to the open letter from MomsRising, Zero to Three, and many others, calling for investments in high-quality...
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An Organizing Dad

June 12, 2013
I’m a Dad. Even three years and two kids later, defining myself in that way still seems somewhat surreal. I’m also a Community Organizer. I have been for 13 years... and believe me that’s often very surreal as well. You see, the life of an Organizer isn’t like most. You are seen as a community resource, on call 24-7, traveling to and fro, reacting to the latest news, rallying the tired masses, dealing with setbacks, navigating the highs and lows, so on and so forth. Hmm, wait that’s sort of like being a ... Dad! As I think about this Father’s Day, the fact is that my life as a working,...
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Priorities? America's Family Values

June 12, 2013
The day remains one of the most vibrant memories of my life. After months of preparation and a day at the hospital, our first child was born. Floating on cloud 9, and focused on taking care of what needed to be done in anticipation of her coming home, I quickly turned my attention back to work. It was spring break at my university so those in those first few days I wasn’t pulled in different directions. That would end before she even turned 10 days old. I never thought about taking a break from work. That would be unfair to my students, my colleagues, and to all the deadlines in front of me...
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Working Moms Just Blamed (Again)!?

June 6, 2013
Deep breath. Count to 10. Can't. Believe. He. Really. Said. That. Yesterday at a Washington Post event , Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) said that America is so "mediocre" in educational outcomes because "mom is in the workplace." ... oh REALLY?! There is steam coming out of the ears of moms across America. Governor Bryant deserves a Hall of Shame trophy for blaming moms (moms!) for the failure of our nation's leaders to step up. But before that Hall of Shame of shame is built, the moms of America need an apology from him. The problem in our nation isn't that moms are working, it's that...
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Hey @FoxNews!

June 4, 2013
They took it too far this time. Did you hear what the all male panel (yes, a n ALL male panel! ) on Fox News said about working moms?! " Society dissolv[ing] around us ," said Lou Dobbs . A sign of " something going terribly wrong in American society, " said Juan Williams . Erick Erickson chimed in and said having moms as breadwinners was against " biology " and said people who defend moms are " anti-science ." We wish this was a joke. Fox News couldn't even bother to put an actual MOM on this panel to talk about working moms? We had to double check our calendars and turns out, it is in fact...
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Motherhood 101

May 30, 2013
Quite unexpectedly, I recently met Nicole Lynn Lewis, Founder and CEO of Generation Hope . You don’t meet a mom with her very own non-profit every day, let alone one so closely tied to the mission of maternal support and encouragement, so I was instantly intrigued. She graciously let me follow up after our great conversation with some questions so you could get to know her too. I was mighty impressed by her mission of matching college student/parents with mentors who can help them navigate the dual objectives of getting that undergrad degree while mothering a young child. How does Generation...
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Striking a Balance Between Tiger Mom and Empathetic Mom

May 29, 2013
Strict Asian-American parents have become known as 'Tiger' parents since the publication of Amy Chua's memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She argued that her no-nonsense parenting style brought out the best in her children. But studies suggest otherwise. I’m what one would call a tiger baby: a product of traditional immigrant parents from South Korea. As typical of child rearing for immigrant parents – their currency was guilt and shame. I knew deep down that they wanted the best for me as every other parent does. Of course this is all too common among immigrant families. I know so many...
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