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How to Make a Superhero Cape by Lara from HowDoesShe

August 10, 2011
I made this cape from one color of fabric, but you could easily get two different colors (1 yard of each) for a double sided cape!
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The Real Trouble With Breast Milk Baby

August 3, 2011
The controversy brewing over a new breastfeeding doll soon to be sold in the United States reminds me of the bru-ha-ha about Teletubbies when Jerry Falwell accused Tinky Winky of being gay. People rightfully upset about homophobia came to the support of the show, misguidedly defending the goodness of Teletubbies—which was being marketed, falsely, as educational for babies. Public discourse about Breast Milk Baby is following the same lines. Arguments over the doll are centered on culture wars—whether it is appropriate for young children to witness breast feeding, imitate it, or even know what...
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My Students Are More Than a Test Score

August 2, 2011
The brave sweating educators and parents at the rally were protesting a growing cancer on education – the bulbous growth in standardized testing. The politicians on both sides of the aisle are out of control on this one.
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Amidst U.S. Heatwave, a Lesson on Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa

July 25, 2011
Our small steps alone will not solve the crisis, but actions suggested here help build compassion, connection, greater understanding of the world's challenges from a young age, and even cultivate creative problem solvers. Collective action builds momentum and benefits the U.S., too.
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Worldwide wrestling?

July 19, 2011
When you are struggling to keep the kids entertained during the summer, worrying about whether you actually remembered to take the sandwich out of the refrigerator and put it in your child's lunch box this morning, or engaging in a Worldwide Wrestling match to reapply sun screen on your child, the debt ceiling debates taking place in Washington D.C. can seem far, far away. But, this is no time for moms and dads to let down our guard because you can bet that the pinstriped corporate lobbyists are working round the clock to make sure that their clients' interests are constantly represented at...
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How Medicaid helped me get my education and career on track

July 7, 2011
I was a student when my husband left me to care for our one year old by myself. I had to quit school and move back in with my mother to make it work. I used to work at a Coffee Bean just for the insurance, but the childcare costs were more than my hourly wage! I knew I had to go back to school if I were going to have a chance at providing for my family. Because I was able to find coverage for my family through Medicaid, I was able to go back. This year I am proud to say I have a four-year University degree. I have a job now that is meaningful and actually helps people like me, and it's a...

Keep – Don’t Cut – CA Commission on Status of Women

June 21, 2011
No one would argue that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a passion for women’s . . . issues. But throughout his seven-year tenure, Arnold never made a serious and sustained effort to terminate the state’s Commission on the Status of Women. Let’s be real – it was sheer political expediency: By not messing with the Commission he didn’t risk raising “the woman issue” and the charges of sexual harassment that nearly derailed his first political campaign. Under the previous Administration of Governor Davis, the Commission was an active part of a coalition that successfully...

Hope and Hypocrisy Under the Golden Arches

June 20, 2011
As advocates for deep change know, big success is often preceded by small incremental changes that may go unnoticed by the general public. It seems the effort to stop fast food companies from hawking toys to kids is gaining ground. I was watching Friday Night Lights recently (a great show if I don’t fret about the product placement) and blithely forwarding through the commercials when an ad for McDonald’s Happy Meals stopped me cold. There were no toys. Intrigued, I rewound and watched in real time: We see a multi-racial bunch of totally cute kids with Happy Meal boxes—but they’re empty. A...
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Child Care Cuts Would Affect Us All

June 17, 2011
This morning, like millions of other parents across the country, I dropped my daughter off at child care on my way to work. In choosing a licensed child care provider to care for her, I made certain assumptions about the standards that provider would be required to meet. And, probably like many other parents, I take for granted that the government plays a role in helping to ensure my daughter’s health and safety. In the policy arena, we often refer to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) as the program that funds state child care assistance programs that help low-income families...
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An ugly lesson for kids

June 3, 2011
Yesterday my family was proud to join other children and moms braving the 100 degree heat to hold a lemonade stand at the General Assembly raising money for education and other kids’ programs cut in the current budget proposal. Unfortunately, in addition to raising some much needed money for the state budget, our children learned an ugly lesson in politics as they attempted to deliver their donations to Speaker Tillis and Senator Berger. The stand, organized by NC MomsRising and Together NC, raised $140 through small donations chipped in by families and school children visiting the museums...
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