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Lessons from my mom

May 9, 2014
Always make time to play with the kids. (Or grandkids.) When the family is gathered, my dad often complains that my mom is wasting time "piddling around with the kids" rather than doing something he wants her to do. She usually ignores him, because she figured out long ago that kids grow up way too fast. If they want you to get down on the floor and play Ninja Turtles or My Little Pony or Legos with them, you should do it—because next year, they'll have moved on to something new. You have to grab that moment before it's gone. The grumpy old man can get his own Mountain Dew, or whatever else...
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What I Learned from My Mom

May 9, 2014
When we had Thanksgiving at our house, my mom cooked every dish from scratch. She baked fresh bread, cooked five-course Chinese dinners, and made jam from blackberries that we picked -- and she worked part-time. Though I don't have the patience for the kitchen that she does (and I don't know how she found the time that I can't find!), because of her, I've baked cookies with my boys since they were toddlers; I do bake the occasional raisin bread: and I make the best spaghetti anyone has ever tasted (the go-to meal for the busy worrking mom.) Happy Mothers Day!
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"Just Like Your Mom." (Happy Mother's Day Mom!)

May 9, 2014
Being constantly compared to my mom annoyed me as a child. Now I think it is the highest compliment someone can give me. Happy Mother's Day Mom!
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My Mother

May 9, 2014
My mother didn’t teach me just one thing. She taught me too many things to count, things which I can’t even articulate, things that wouldn’t make sense to anyone who isn’t me or my mother. But that is the beautiful thing about our mother-daughter relationship. I value this relationship more than perhaps anything else in my life. I have to. My mother would give me no other choice. She is a force. Literally and figuratively, a force. My mother and I have a strange and complicated relationship. I can only explain it properly with a lot of exasperated sighs, hand waving, and eye rolling. I also...
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Mom Taught Me To Be An Activist

May 9, 2014
I recently visited my mom for her birthday last week. She always possessed a practical, no-nonsense attitude. Mom is the personification of a hip 80 year-old, but she reminds me often that growing up during the Depression gives her the edge of realism. Her mind is as sharp as a tack, so even at her advanced age, she’s truly light years ahead of her pack. She’s still a voice of reason. Since Mom’s body is not as sprite as her intellect, she walks and walks to keep fit. As she prepared for a trip to visit relatives in Spain, Mom tells me, “I’m walking longer everyday to get ready for the trip...
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Crossing into New Territory with 25,000 Newly Covered Kids

May 12, 2014
At Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, we’ve been working for many years to ensure that all children have health coverage here in our state. Our latest report, Crossing into New Territory: Kids’ Health Coverage in 2014 , outlines the progress Arkansas has made in covering kids since 1997. For the first time ever, fewer than six percent of Arkansas children lack health insurance, down from 22 percent in 1997. This dramatic reduction is no accident. It is the product of a concerted, bipartisan, years-long effort to make sure kids are covered. However, as we shared last week at our “...
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CHIP Works for Children in Alabama and Across the Country

May 12, 2014
As a pediatrician caring for more than 100 children each week in the rural community of Brewton, Alabama, I’ve seen some of my patients grow into parents themselves, bringing in their children to see me as their doctor. Throughout my 33 years practicing pediatrics here, I’ve observed many changes in the field of medicine; advances in technology, new diagnoses, research that has helped shed light on how to prevent some conditions that were previously untreatable. I’ve also seen changes in insurance coverage over the years, and observed how insurance impacts the health of my patients,...
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Healthy Parents Make for Supported Kids

May 12, 2014
Did you know that the child support program serves more than 17 million children – 1 in 4 in the U.S.? Yes the child support program is about collecting money. It helps assure that children can get what they need, like clothes and school supplies, and lifts about a million people out of poverty each year. But child support is about so much more than just the money. Our core belief is that children deserve financial and emotional support from both of their parents. We want all parents to be successful parents. Instinctively we know that it’s much easier for parents to take care of their...
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Keeping All Youth and Young Adults Enrolled in Health Care

May 12, 2014
Do you know a young adult who has taken advantage of the President’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that allows young people to stay on their parent’s health plan until they are 26 years old? In this age of underemployment, lots of new high school and college graduates are grateful (and so are their parents) for that benefit. Now, imagine what happens to young adults who have spent their teenage years in foster care, with the state as their parent. When they reach 18-21, they leave foster care and its benefits and must find a job, a home, and their place in the world. Fortunately, thanks...
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Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

May 12, 2014
As a parent of a 13-month-old, my son is already the embodiment of what I hope for most; William is happiness and light personified. I am constantly amazed at how quickly he changes in appearance and ability. I know his father and I will support him as he endeavors to reach milestones throughout his young life and into adulthood. And I know we will celebrate these moments within the unique context that is William. The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! , a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral...
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