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“A Little Bit of Credit”…. For Dad

“A Little Bit of Credit”…. For Dad

Mark Tyler and I  have been talking about the ups and downs of being the at home parent.  I asked him to write a post about his experience.  After several weeks of writing between bouts of  cooking, cleaning, hugging, story-telling, dressing, playing, undressing, bathing, brushing, combing, driving, picking up and putting away, he sent me [...]

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Family Caregivers, the Future, and Now

Family Caregivers, the Future, and Now

My friend and colleague in the fight for family caregivers, Janice Lynch Schuster, recently had a conversation with her children about what may happen when she becomes older.  It went like this, as Janice wrote in Fierce Urgency of Now: Family Caregivers and the Future that is Upon Us  for the blog Disruptive Women in [...]

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Lean On Me

Lean On Me

My new friend and sister in the trenches is Shay Chan Hodges, the author of Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, which presents new perspectives on families and the future of work through a collection of twenty-six interviews and deep-diving interactive data.  The primary thesis of Lean On and Lead is that [...]

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Paycheck to Paycheck, The Disaster Waiting to Happen

Paycheck to Paycheck, The Disaster Waiting to Happen

On Monday, March 17, you can watch The Shriver Report’s new documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert” on HBO.  This film traces the daily frustrations of a single mother of three kids who works as a direct care aide in a nursing home.  While the film drills down into the details [...]

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Brigid Schulte is Overwhelmed  – and So Are You!  Part One

Brigid Schulte is Overwhelmed – and So Are You! Part One

Author Brigid Schulte has a job, a house, a husband, several children, and a whole lot of stress.  She’s also just written a book, available online and at your favorite bookstore, called Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, about how we’ve taken on way more than we can handle, what [...]

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Phone Call for YOU!

Phone Call for YOU!

 Big doins’ this week!  We’re all getting on the horn to talk about women in the US, how to get to fair pay, why families need a paid leave program they can count on, and what paid sick days would mean for the economic security of moms and dads.  Just like child care, these issues [...]

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What Do You Call Always Having a Date for New Year’s Eve?

Social security!!! I know, I know, you will be tempted to stop reading this post as soon as you realize I’m going to talk about retirement - AGAIN!.  But wait.  Maybe it feels too far away.  Maybe the problems you are solving today seem so much more important.  Maybe you are too maxed out with the here and now to even contemplate [...]

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A Mother on the Edge

A Mother on the Edge

This post originally appeared on the Mothers Central blog. You can see it here in its original form.  Thanks to Kate for letting me post it here in full. It was a desperate cry for help, and one that I could not ignore.  It came via email, at the end of the summer, from a [...]

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A Long Time Comin’…

A Long Time Comin’…

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here. In the annual ranking of 133 countries around the globe on the issue of gender equality, the U.S. once again fails to make the top 10. Or the top 20. We may be the world’s only remaining super power, but women are worse off here, according to the World Economic [...]

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Mother, May I….go to work?

Every August, Washington seems to empty out, and you can do the unthinkable -  drive from one side of town to the other in 20 minutes flat. It takes longer to shop at the farmers’ market, selecting from the cornucopia of seasonal produce, than it does to get through the morning paper, skimpy without the [...]

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