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The federal budget: A high-stakes love story

October 24, 2012
In 2011, I taught two summer courses, directed a federal budget research organization and paid taxes. Taxes are the dues I pay for living in a democracy. Like you, I contribute at the local, state, and federal levels. I want us to fall a little bit in love with the federal budget and there’s no better place to begin than understanding where our federal tax dollars go. So, I’d like to tell you a story – my story – of how the federal budget – our tax dollars – affects my life. Meet my children. My daughter is six going on 33, a courageous, big-hearted cyclone. My son is four. In one instant,...
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It's time for moms to ask the questions!

October 23, 2012
Are you headed to a town hall event, election forum, or did you just run into a candidate at the grocery store? Take along our handy list of sample questions that you can use to ask the candidates about issues that are important to women and families. Find out where your candidates stand! And, you don't have to ask your question in-person. On Twitter? Check out our list of sample questions in Tweet-form below (Scroll down). You can cut and paste these directly into Twitter and Tweet them to your candidate. Let us know what happened! Did you ask a candidate a question or two? Let us know how...
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It’s Time for Domestic Work to be Recognized as Real Work.

October 11, 2012
A few weeks ago, actor and mom Amy Poehler made a video supporting the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Amy balances being a mom with a career as an actor, writer, and producer. In the video she explains: “it wouldn’t be possible for me to do all those things without the help that I get in my home.” Domestic workers do the work that makes it possible for so many of us “do all those things.” And many domestic workers are moms themselves. But, domestic workers are denied the basic labor protections that so many of us take for granted everyday. Domestic workers were excluded from...
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How a World Map Can Feed the Spirit and the Body

October 9, 2012
These small steps toward mindful compassion we take today can open up a whole new world – perhaps one that is less focused on our boundaries and more on our possibilities. Bonus: a second give-away!
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Will Marissa Mayer's Baby Give Birth to a Leader?

October 9, 2012
How fitting that Marissa Mayer birthed her baby on the eve of National Work and Family month. Yet she disappoints other moms , bloggers and work-family advocates by stating she'll work throughout her maternity leave , appearing on Fortune Magazine 's cover in a decidedly not-pregnant glam shot and remaining silent about the feminist status her new power-mom-CEO role confers. Leave the woman alone, right? She just had a baby! And if she's like most of us, right about now she's sleep-deprived, sore-nippled and shocked at the new world she just entered of human infant needs. But here's why what...
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TX Mom Jailed For Letting Kids Play Outside (VIDEO)

October 4, 2012
A mom arrested for letting her two children play outside? Isn’t that what kids are supposed to do? Yes. you read that right. Tammy Cooper was arrested last week and thrown into jail because her two kids, ages 6 and 9, were playing outside. The youngsters weren’t vandalizing, or causing any kind of trouble. They were riding their scooters around the neighborhood. Bad idea. It’s not the first time. Earlier this year, a community in Florida decided to prohibit anyone under age 18 from going outside unsupervised by an adult. If you’re a kid at Ole Village in Lely Resort, Collier County, Florida,...
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16 Million Reasons for the Candidates to Care about Poverty

October 2, 2012
By the time President Obama and Governor Romney throw out the first punches in the October 3 debate, many of the nation’s 16 million poor children will be fast asleep. Some of them will have gone to bed hungry. Some of them will be sleeping in homeless shelters or substandard housing. Many of them live in distressed communities with few quality jobs available for their parents and struggling public schools. All of them face certain hurdles in academic achievement, employment prospects, and economic success that threaten the long-term economic competitiveness of our country. Children living in...
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U.S. Educational Outcomes Improved Despite Our Economic Woes

September 26, 2012
Headlines about the “crisis in education” might lead you to believe otherwise but most educational outcomes in the United States have improved over the last decade. High school graduation rates and national math and reading scores for students of all races and incomes are higher than ever. More kids stay in school and go to college than ever and this trend persisted despite the latest recession. But, all is far from perfect. Where you live makes a profound difference on the quality of public school options available. Deep disparities in educational achievement by race and particularly by...
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Raising Kids Who Care

September 25, 2012
It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy four-year old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she had placed a favorite coffee-table book in front of her and was quietly, deliberately dropping crumbs on the page. Not only was Sophia oblivious to my urgency to get out the door, but there was a new mess to clean, right on top of a cherished book. When I demanded, “What is going on?” She gently answered, “Mommy, I want to share my bagel with them.” I looked...
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Eat, Read, Sleep

September 20, 2012
Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep. Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most parents are working longer hours than ever. The majority of American households have two parents in the paid workforce; hence, the Principal’s heartfelt message: try to eat dinner together as a family, sans gadgets! Even if some are absent because of extra-curricular activities, sit down with those...
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