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You Can Ignore It, But It WON’T Go Away

You Can Ignore It, But It WON’T Go Away

I suspect that one reason the U.S. has made so little progress towards pro-caregiver policies is that women figure once the children grow up and go to school, the work/family conundrum will sort itself out. We may have a few rough years of living on just one income, or being uncomfortably stretched by the high [...]

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Mothers and the Market

Most of the time, we think about marriage as a personal relationship. We strive to keep the spark, resolve  the inevitable conflicts peacefully, protect our “couple time” and carve out some “me time.” Much less attention is paid to the other transactions that can occur in marriage, such as raising the children, providing the shelter, [...]

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Change & Opportunity

Mothers have a genius for on-the-spot problem solving.  Sizing up a looming crisis in a nanosecond, we flip through our mental list of optional responses, then implement, discard, and substitute possible solutions until the crisis is resolved and order restored.  Every single day mothers meet multiple opportunities for this kind of “rapid response” engagement head on.  As the days multiply and the children [...]

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Mothers of the Century (21st)

Prepare to be impressed with yourselves, girls.  The US Census Bureau just put out new numbers on maternity leave and employment which show we’ve spent the past 40 years investing wisely in ourselves.  First time mothers are more likely to have at least an undergrad degree by the time they give birth, now at an average [...]

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All I Want Is Everything

Working Mother magazine asked3,781 mothers how they wanted to run their lives and what they needed in order to do that.  I’ve looked at the results closely, and come to two main conclusions.  First, every mother will think other mothers are happier or having an easier time.  Second, they will all be wrong, for it’s the rare [...]

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Mothers in Public Office

Women are certainly taking it on the chin as funding cuts fall thick and fast. Topeka, Kansas has decided the city can no longer afford to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence.  Legislators are proposing reductions in funding for home visits to new mothers and their infant children.  The President’s jobs bill, which would put hundreds [...]

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Flung Into Fall

Children back in school, beach toys put away, sweaters and jackets located, and this woman is back in Washington. While I ease my way back into my  wonky life, here are a couple of short reads I set aside for you over the summer. The first is one of mine that appeared on my friend [...]

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