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What You and First Lady Michelle Obama Share When It Comes to Parenting

June 27, 2016
At the end of the day, the crowd broke into an uproar when we heard Oprah Winfrey proclaim, "Hi, everybody!" We had all been anxiously awaiting the Q&A of Oprah with Michelle Obama, the hostess of our summit. Michelle Obama spoke of many things: self-value, self-worth, defining ourselves and handling criticism. She described how she chose her priorities and what she values most. But of all she described and shared, one line stuck with me. After Oprah asked her what she would be leaving the White House most proud of, she stated
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Boys and Social Emotional Intelligence: Worms Don’t Belong in the House

June 23, 2016
It is a warm and beautiful Saturday afternoon. You decide to take your 5-year-old son for a walk in the neighborhood park. After a couple of hours, you head back home. Once his hands and face are washed, you go into the kitchen to prepare a snack for the two of you. Shortly after, your son walks...
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Reflections on The United State of Women Summit

June 22, 2016
From Vice President Biden's call to action challenging all of us (women *and* men) to help bring an end to violence against women to Michelle Obama and Oprah's *real* conversation about the fallacy women face to have and do it all, The United State of Women Summit, convened by the White House, has...
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What works in fighting poverty?

June 16, 2016
Poverty has been in the news a lot lately. Two years ago we marked the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s famous War on Poverty. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which supplanted Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). And a GOP task...
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Labor-HHS-Education Bill Moves in the Senate

June 16, 2016
On Thursday, June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed (29-1) the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) spending bill, the first bipartisan Labor-HHS-Ed bill in seven years. The measure would provide $161.9 billion in discretionary (annually appropriated) funding, $270 million below FY16 levels and $2 billion below President Obama’s request.
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Come join us in Raleigh! You won't want to miss this.

June 2, 2016
It’s not often these days that visits to the NC General Assembly are focused on FUN! But that’s what our “Healthy Options, Healthy Choices” day next week will be — and you won’t want to miss it! Join in on the fun! RSVP here: http://action.momsrising.org/survey/join-us-healthy-options-healthy-...
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Fact of the Week: 1 in 3 Moms Struggle to Pay for Diapers

May 23, 2016
Everyone knows babies go through a lot of diapers. But for low-income families, the cost of diapers often forces them to go without another necessity, like food or heat. For many, it can force them to leave babies in soiled diapers longer than they’d like, leading to physical and mental health issues for baby and mom. Despite the fact that families in the bottom fifth of the income ladder with infants spend 14 percent of their income for diapers alone, there is currently no federal assistance for purchasing diapers.
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Better than Brunch: What Parents Really Want Next Mother’s & Father’s Day

May 20, 2016
Springtime means more than post-winter thaw and the colorful display of fresh blossoms. It also marks the season of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the two days a year we devote to saying thanks to our parents for all they’ve done for us. And those days are more than well-deserved because, let’s...
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"The reality of our life - we spend a third of our monthly income on childcare."

May 13, 2016
Recently I had an opportunity to share my family’s story with the talented writer, Judith Warner. Judith is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote the book Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety. A version of my family’s story is included in her recent report for the Center for...
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Cellphones Bigger than a Backpack (Or Why Universal Preschool Isn’t a Priority)

May 11, 2016
VHS tapes, 8-tracks, a computer bigger than your car. Some things are better left in the past. Huge Pentagon budgets should be one of them. Although we are supposed to be ramping down efforts in Afghanistan, Congress continues funding the U.S. military at historically high levels: In 2016 we will...
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