May 15, 2009My name's Joan, and I live in Lynwood, CA. I've never visited a legislator's office before, but I decided to take the plunge when I got the email from MomsRising about bringing Lifesaver candies to a local member of the CA Assembly. I was a little nervous at first, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. My sons (ages 9 and 6) went with me to the office of Assemblymember Isadore Hall in Compton. We were scheduled to meet with Assemblymember Hall's Deputy District Director. Everyone there was very nice! (I figure that since politicians win or lose their jobs based on the approval of ordinary...
May 13, 2009I’ve never been a big fan of pageants. The social and gender implications are a bit disturbing to me. Add in the environmental and health impacts of conventional cosmetics and the textile and fashion industry and the whole event becomes antithetical to almost every value I hold dear. Needless to say, I haven’t been following the drama surrounding this year’s Miss USA pageant. Until today. And, I must admit, I learned some unexpected things. I know the media’s focus is on Miss California and whether or not she’ll keep her crown. But, I’d like to turn your focus to something completely...
April 28, 2009Ruth Schubert, Children's Alliance The stress of a newborn baby can be difficult for any family. Poverty, youth, depression or isolation can make that stress overwhelming.
April 24, 2009Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Fritos! Given how many times my friends and I ate these goodies growing up, it is truly shocking to learn that today children ages 6-11 are four times more likely to be obese than children were a generation ago.  Four! What's going on!?
March 4, 2009Lisa Pagan, a former active duty member of the Army and mother of two toddlers, was called up from the "ready reserves" to report for duty this week for possible deployment to Iraq. She told the Army that she had no one to care for her small children if she was sent overseas because of her husband's travel work schedule.
January 30, 2009It’s early Sunday afternoon, and your family is gathered around the flat screen to take in the day’s biggest football game. There are snacks, cheers, jeers, great plays, and heartbreaking fumbles, all before the first commercial break.
January 29, 2009The hours after school are often rife with worry as moms and dads struggle to cobble together safe and adequate childcare arrangements. As a mom, I constantly worry about what is best for my daughters after school. Safety is key, but it is not enough.
August 11, 2008As a family child care provider and entrepreneur of sorts, I know that parents depend on me to support their families and to make sure their young children begin school ready to learn.
July 23, 2008I am blogging today on behalf of Cox Communications in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to inform everyone about a very special webcast event coming up this Wednesday, July 23rd. Millions of tweens and teens surf the Internet every day, and they often know more about the Web than their parents, guardians and even teachers.