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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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Quandary: Help your child think ethically through gameplay

May 28, 2013
Hello everyone! My name is Lisa Radden. I am excited to be joining the MomsRising community in an effort to help inform and support Moms around the world in the understanding of emerging technologies and their impact on child development and education. I would like to kick off my first post about one of the hottest topics in technology in education: video games. Your child loves them. Maybe you do, too! But aside from all those endless hours of fun, what value do video games have on your child's development? Can playing a video game help your child think ethically? This month, the...
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Actually, Failing Our Children Is What's Unflippingbelieveable

May 7, 2013
A few weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry appeared in a "Lean Forward" promotional ad for MSNBC and said: We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children: Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it's everybody's responsibility, and not just the...
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“Mothers Unite! Organizing for Workplace Flexibility and the Transformation of Family Life” by Jocelyn Elise Crowley

May 1, 2013
It is very loud in the second-floor meeting room of a public library in a medium-size eastern city, the noise coming from twelve toddlers, all under the age of four, running around the room. At this meeting of the local NAMC chapter, eleven group members have put their chairs in a circle in preparation for the upcoming discussion. Strollers line the wall, toys litter the floor, and the kids have discovered a new game consisting of how much trouble they can cause by turning the meeting room’s lights on and off. As the mothers struggle to intervene and maintain some order, the NAMC chapter...
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Got Kids? Skip the Pesticides. Doctors’ orders!

April 30, 2013
If your pediatrician recommends eating more fruits and vegetables, what they really mean is to eat organic fruits and vegetables. Last fall the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) published a report on pesticides that can be summed up in just one sentence: “Children’s exposures to pesticides should be limited as much as possible.” The report, Pesticide Exposure in Children , was published by the country’s most renowned group of children’s doctors, and the Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign is in complete agreement with its no-nonsense recommendation. Choosing foods that are...
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