A Mother’s Twelve Days of Christmas

[TO BE SUNG IN YOUR OUTSIDE VOICE]
 
On the first day of Christmas, Santa sent to me - family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the second day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, two reliable sitters,
and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the third day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, three flexible schedules,
two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the fourth day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, four affordable pre-schools,
 three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the fifth day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, PAID FAMILY LEAVE!
ba-dum-dum-dum!
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the sixth day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, sixty mothers in Congress, PAID FAMILY LEAVE,
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the seventh day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, seven days paid sick leave, sixty mothers in Congress, PAID FAMILY LEAVE, 
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the eighth day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, an end to the pay gap, seven days paid sick leave, sixty mothers in Congress, PAID FAMILY LEAVE,
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the ninth day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, a husband who loves housework, an end to the pay gap, seven days paid sick leave, sixty mothers in Congress, PAID FAMILY LEAVE,
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the tenth day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, kudos for my mothering, a husband who loves housework, an end to the pay gap, seven days paid sick leave, sixty mothers in Congress, PAID FAMILY LEAVE,
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the eleventh day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, eleven extra hours, kudos for my mothering, a husband who loves housework, an end to the pay gap, seven days paid sick leave, sixty mothers in Congress, PAID FAMILY LEAVE,
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.
 
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, the nation’s respect for carework,  eleven extra hours, kudos for my mothering, a husband who loves housework, an end to the pay gap, seven days paid sick leave, sixty mothers in Congress, PAID FAMILY LEAVE,
 four affordable pre-schools,  three flexible schedules, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.

About Valerie Young

Valerie Young is a public policy analyst who focuses on the economic status of mothers and other family caregivers. She promotes social justice by arming mothers with information and a healthy dose of outrage. She is the Advocacy Coordinator at the National Association of Mothers' Centers, and is a reporter for The Shriver Report and contributor to Brain/Child Magazine. Follow her blog, Your (Wo)Man in Washington, on Twitter @WomanInDC and on Facebook as Valerie Young and Your (Wo)Man in Washington.
  • Lisajweber

    Brilliant! Should be printed and packaged as a holiday greeting card!

  • http://twitter.com/AhimsaMama Kelly Coyle DiNorcia

    Buh-rilliant!!!