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Pens and Computer? Check. Condoms and Birth Control?...

August 24, 2012
It’s that time of year when parents are busy with school shopping and taking our kids to the doctor for back-to-school checkups. If you have an older teen, you may want to consider adding one more task to your to-do list: talking about sex and contraception and helping him or her get the...
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Washington, Are You Listening? Invest in Education with One Simple Change

August 20, 2012
Patrick Pylvainen grew up in a small town outside Minneapolis. The Minnesotan college student has seven siblings, so he borrows money for his tuition — Stafford loans from the federal government, plus loans from private banks that require interest payments while he's still in school. Now, those...
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First woman to moderate a presidential debate in DECADES.

August 14, 2012
Candy Crowley. Image via Wikipedia. Great news yesterday! FINALLY, after decades without a female moderator, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that a woman, Candy Crowley of CNN, would moderate one of the three nationally televised Presidential debates. [1] Woot! *Click here to...
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Election 2012: What's the budget impact on moms and families?

August 14, 2012
If there was ever any doubt that the U.S. federal budget would claim center-stage in the 2012 presidential race, it vanished with Mitt Romney's selection of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the GOP Vice Presidential nominee. Although Mitt Romney has emphasized he will run on a Romney budget,...
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In An Age of Instant Answers, What Kind of Information Are Our Kids Getting?

August 10, 2012
During my 20-plus years as a sex educator, I’ve heard a lot of misconceptions and outright bad information that teens pick up about sexuality and sexual behavior. The questions generally go something like this: Can I get pregnant from … pre-cum … oral sex … semen in a hot tub? Will birth control...
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It’s National HIV Awareness Month — Have You Talked to Your Kids?

July 26, 2012
When I was in college during the first years of the AIDS epidemic, I assumed that by the time I had a child, all kids would be taught about HIV in school. In the past 20 years, lots of evidence shows how HIV education helps young people make healthy decisions including delaying sex and using...
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Work-life Balance and Our Outdated School Schedule

July 25, 2012
Last weekend, as I balanced spending time with my five-year-old daughter and completing numerous work-related projects, I read "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" , the cover article in The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter that is generating lots of buzz. I felt like I was reliving my own life...
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Teens Need Guidance on Healthy Relationships

July 16, 2012
As the mother of a teen, I’ve approached that point in parenting where I’m compelled to spend much of the next several years concerned about the nature of my child’s relationships and when and whether they might involve sex. I know I’m hardly alone in this worry since, as a sex educator, I’ve spent...
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A Mom's Pledge to End HIV in America

July 2, 2012
By Dawn Averitt Bridge Founder and Chair, The Well Project June 28 is a day I’ll never forget: the anniversary of my HIV diagnosis. It was 1988. I was only 19, and didn’t know a single other HIV-positive woman. Misinformation and fear dominated the public conversation on AIDS; everyone knew AIDS...
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#WellnessWeds: Ask an Expert: Questions about Kids' Health with Dr. Mark Ryan

June 27, 2012
Recently, MomsRising hosted a #kidshealth tweetchat with Dr. Mark Ryan (@richmonddoc), who answered your questions about everything from childhood asthma to breastfeeding to first dentist appointments, and more! Dr. Ryan is a family doctor in Richmond, VA and a member of the board of the National...
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