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The National Women’s Law Center’s Labor Day Index

September 5, 2012
This blog was cross-posted from Womenstake , the National Women's Law Center's blog. In honor of Labor Day, here’s a snapshot of how working women are faring in today’s economy, by the numbers. Percentage of college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees who are women: 57 . Percentage of students...
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Playborhood Party

August 31, 2012
Many times, I’ve walked my neighborhood with my kids and though I see lots of playscapes in backyards, I never see kids playing outside. EVER. I occasionally see some kids get off the bus after school, but once they go inside, they are GONE. Are there really so few kids living near us? Or are they all holed up inside, tied to their electronic devices? My boys and I would linger in the cul-de-sacs on all the nearby streets, playing and making a lot of noise, hoping some kids would wander out. Nope, never happened.
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Toddler Thursday: Shoe Tie Practice Board

August 30, 2012
Welcome to Toddler Thursdays! Join us every Thursday on the MomsRising blog for crafts and recipes for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as news and tips on childcare and early education. Sometimes I feel like we are the A-Team around here! Did you ever watch the A-Team ? It was one of my favorite...
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Memoirs of a Wimpy Kid: Why Buying Books For Our Kids Matters. A Lot.

August 27, 2012
“So how do I make my little boy as clever as you are?” The question came out of nowhere. We were teenage waitresses in a Wimpy hamburger joint in a working-class town in England, taking our break squeezed together in a little red naugahyde booth, chowing down on the greasy burgers the management...
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Pens and Computer? Check. Condoms and Birth Control?...

August 24, 2012
It’s that time of year when parents are busy with school shopping and taking our kids to the doctor for back-to-school checkups. If you have an older teen, you may want to consider adding one more task to your to-do list: talking about sex and contraception and helping him or her get the...
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Washington, Are You Listening? Invest in Education with One Simple Change

August 20, 2012
Patrick Pylvainen grew up in a small town outside Minneapolis. The Minnesotan college student has seven siblings, so he borrows money for his tuition — Stafford loans from the federal government, plus loans from private banks that require interest payments while he's still in school. Now, those...
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First woman to moderate a presidential debate in DECADES.

August 14, 2012
Candy Crowley. Image via Wikipedia. Great news yesterday! FINALLY, after decades without a female moderator, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that a woman, Candy Crowley of CNN, would moderate one of the three nationally televised Presidential debates. [1] Woot! *Click here to...
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Election 2012: What's the budget impact on moms and families?

August 14, 2012
If there was ever any doubt that the U.S. federal budget would claim center-stage in the 2012 presidential race, it vanished with Mitt Romney's selection of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the GOP Vice Presidential nominee. Although Mitt Romney has emphasized he will run on a Romney budget,...
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In An Age of Instant Answers, What Kind of Information Are Our Kids Getting?

August 10, 2012
During my 20-plus years as a sex educator, I’ve heard a lot of misconceptions and outright bad information that teens pick up about sexuality and sexual behavior. The questions generally go something like this: Can I get pregnant from … pre-cum … oral sex … semen in a hot tub? Will birth control...
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It’s National HIV Awareness Month — Have You Talked to Your Kids?

July 26, 2012
When I was in college during the first years of the AIDS epidemic, I assumed that by the time I had a child, all kids would be taught about HIV in school. In the past 20 years, lots of evidence shows how HIV education helps young people make healthy decisions including delaying sex and using...
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