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Tax Day Question: Can I Make Enough to Pay for Childcare?

April 18, 2011
When our daughter was born, my husband had just started his second year at a law firm and I had just been laid off from a part-time job. We sat down together to decide whether I should look for a new job or not. The question we asked ourselves was, “Could I make enough to pay for childcare?” If not, we reasoned, it would make sense for me to take care of our baby myself. Little did we know that the question had nothing to do with the cost of childcare and everything to do with tax policy. You see, before World War II, the United States used an income tax system of separate filing for married...
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How hooked am I? Thoughts about my own Screen-Free Week

April 15, 2011
So my daughter-in-law stopped by the office yesterday to pick up a Screen-Free Week Organizer’s Kit. National Screen-Free Week, April 18-24, is hosted by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which I direct. She, her husband, and the two best little girls in the world—okay, in my world—are going to join in the celebration by giving up screens for a week and hanging out in life. What’s interesting is that she doesn’t think it’s going to be so hard for the children. But she’s not so sure about the adults. She’s determined to stop checking her phone at home (which annoys the kids) and their...
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Your Baby Can’t Really Read (and doesn’t need to)

April 13, 2011
Your baby can't really read. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood files FTC complaint against Your Baby Can Read for false and deceptive marketing.
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The Impact of Rep. Ryan’s Proposed Budget on Women and Families

April 8, 2011
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget slashes programs that benefit women and families and neglects important investments in future generations. by Caroline Dobuzinskis It’s in the Numbers There has been an onslaught of criticism in the media about how Representative Paul Ryan’s budget doesn’t add up in terms of the numbers on unemployment, job creation, and the deficit. But little attention has been focused on the major impact the Chair of the Budget Committee’s “ Path to Prosperity ” would have on many women and their families—now and in the future. How would women and families...
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A disturbing pattern

April 7, 2011
"It's offensive to me when politicians compare our current national budgeting issues with tightening a family budget. We moms know how to budget for our families. We know to not always buy the $20 steaks, but we don't cut out milk for our kids. The current proposed federal budget cuts literally stop kids from getting milk, while not even trimming the fat off the corporate steaks." - Sarah, MomsRising member Just when I thought the news from Washington, D.C. couldn't possibly get any worse than a looming federal government shutdown over the 2011 budget, it did. This week, the House Budget...
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Can You Explain Your Sudden Objection to Going Potty?

April 6, 2011
I was in the ladies’ room in the airport. Honestly, I was minding my own business. Honestly, I wasn’t eavesdropping on the next stall. On purpose. Honestly, this is what I heard from the young mother to her child. “Stephanie, can you explain to Mommy your sudden objection to going potty?”
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No No Nintendo: Parents, Children, and the Latest Media Wonder

April 5, 2011
The much acclaimed Nintendo 3DS promises endless hours of screen-time pleasure—and a load of trouble for parents and children. It provides 3D gaming with no bothersome glasses. Reviews glowingly describe a three dimensional experience that is more real and more compelling than ever before—instead of objects appearing to come at you, the new Nintendo technology creates a more realistic sense of depth. According to the New York Times , “Just about every child in America who likes video games is going to want a 3DS; the clamor will reach a fever pitch this weekend and will continue straight...
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March in the Rear View Mirror

April 3, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ Women's History Month has drawn to a close, but there's time to sneak in a few comments. In recent weeks, two notable women have died. Elizabeth Taylor left as her legacy decades of activism and outspoken advocacy, saying what many in politics were too afraid to say about HIV/AIDS. Geraldine Ferraro left a marker for women's political participation. For many, her passing provokes dismay and despair that a woman still has not been elected President. Both of them made us see the world...
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Mommy's On Strike?

March 30, 2011
What if we just stopped having babies? You know, like an ANTI-labor labor movement. This may sound like a silly, made up argument, but right now, women in their childbearing years are "on strike" in something like than 90 countries in Europe and Asia and it's creating serious problems.
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The Mother/Scholar and On-Campus Child Care

March 30, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ A young mother wrote me some time ago asking if there were any Mothers’ Centers on college campuses. She wanted to connect with students who were also raising children, facing coursework and degree requirements at the same time. I regrettably had to say no, not yet. I had no idea how many student/parents there were, or how much support they needed, until I attended a briefing this week to usher in a new report, Improving Child Care Access to Promote Post-secondary Success Among Low-...
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