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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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You Hold Your Child’s Health Care in Your Hands

May 12, 2014
Your family means everything to you. You want your children to lead happy, healthy lives. When you see your child lashing out at his peers, his teachers, even you, what do you do? When you see your child suffering from a sore throat and a possible ear infection, what do you do? Does what you do to support your children’s overall well-being and health change because you lack access to the health care necessary to support their mental health and physical health ? Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can help you move past barriers and reach for the health care that your...
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Healthy kids do better in schools

May 12, 2014
Healthy kids do better in schools. Students who are healthy are better able to focus on what’s being taught in class and they’re less likely to be absent due to illness. Instructional time is vital to student success and schools can do a lot to make sure students are in class, healthy, and ready to learn. We also know the following: The number of low income children in public schools is growing. These are the students who need the most assistance. They live in areas where the per pupil expenditures have not grown to match the numbers in poverty. They generally are more likely to score lowest...
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Lessons from Mami

May 8, 2014
Mami has been gone for three years now. And every day, at least once a day, I am reminded of something she said, some lesson she passed on. Who's Your Family? The biggest lessons were from that last year. Where we spoke of family and friends and the definition of each. The fact that Mami had learned (perhaps the hard way) that just because someone calls themselves family doesn't tie you to obligations. "I will do for those that do for me." And though she gave with all her might to all those who she felt needed it, this wasn't a selfish lesson she was trying to teach me. It was a reminder to...
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Adventure and freedom from stereotypes (thank you mom!)

May 8, 2014
My mom is an adventurer. A passionate reader and investigator of life. A compassionate advocate for helping people. She taught me I didn't have to be a certain way just because I was female. That gave me the greatest freedom of all-- to be myself. Thanks, mom! Happy Mother's Day.
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How Does a Mother/Daughter Relationship Heal from Toxic Chemical Exposure?

May 9, 2014
Almost twenty five years ago, as a young woman at the beginning of my social change filmmaking career, I had an experience that pushed me to turn the camera on myself. In 1963, my mother was prescribed the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. In 1990, at age twenty-five, I was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. I went home to my parents in Merrick, Long Island to heal from a radical hysterectomy. It was there that I picked up my camera. In many ways, it was a relief and gift for me to be able to make our experience with DES into...
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For the Love of Mom

May 8, 2014
Most of what I know about love, self-respect, and kindness came from lessons taught by my mother. My mother taught me about the strength we gather from family, both the one we are born with and the one we create for ourselves. She taught me that at our lowest points, the hand of love will catch us when we feel like we are falling through space, pulled down by the gravity of despair.
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The Gift of Being a Mom

May 9, 2014
I’ve always known there was something special about my mom. Maybe it’s because of her infectiously positive outlook on life, or the way she gives of herself no matter how full her plate, or how her laughter comes from the inside in a way I’ve never seen before.
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My Mother

May 9, 2014
My mother has been my role model throughout my life. Strong, capable and compassionate, Nancy D’Alesandro was a woman of incredible energy and endless devotion to my brothers and me.
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Blog Carnival!

A MomsRising Celebration of Mothers - First Lady Joins Actors, Authors, Artists, Journalists, Politicos, and Others to Share “Lessons from Mom” for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2014
This Mother’s Day, celebrities, politicians, and others including First Lady Michelle Obama, Arianna Huffington, Christy Turlington Burns, Mayim Bialik, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Emily Saliers (of the Indigo Girls), CraigsList founder Craig Newmark and others are sharing the important lessons they learned from their mothers in the first-ever MomsRising Celebration of Mothers!
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