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National Children’s Immigration PSAs Debut This Week!

WASHINGTON – A national TV and radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign created by the bipartisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will begin appearing in nine states and Washington, D.C., this month. The campaign encourages voters to support common-sense immigration policies.

The My American Story campaign shines a light on the nation’s flawed and outdated immigration system and the impact it has on children, including U.S.-born citizens. 

“In America, we believe every child should have a fair shot at achieving his or her full potential,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus. “A fair shot means that all kids should have their parents. Keeping families together is a core American value, and our nation’s flawed immigration system is doing the exact opposite – it’s ripping families apart.”

Love. It's What Makes a Family

When I think about my future, I think about the children that my partner and I hope to foster and adopt, but I also worry about the discriminatory barriers that LGBTQ couples can face in the fostering and adoption process.

Right now, there are still states across the country that continue to propose and pass legislation allowing child welfare service providers to refuse to work with LGBTQ parents. If that wasn’t bad enough, horrifyingly, some federally-funded state and private child welfare providers are also using our tax dollars to discriminate against LGBTQ foster youth in their care! 

This is outrageous, dangerous, and has to stop!

6 ways to find comfort in uncertain times

Last week I had a brush with someone I’ve known a long time who acted uncharacteristically rude and unkind. While their behavior was immature and irrational, rather than rise up to counter him, I just walked away and let it be. This was not only wise, it was good self-care.

Lately, I have observed how many friends, clients and colleagues are struggling. Whether it’s challenges brought on by a recent career struggle, health crisis, relationship/parenting difficulty or recovering from a financial blow–many are living hour to hour and having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. So I’m making a concerted effort to give them extra space, compassion and room to vent.  We’re navigating a time of tremendous change and uncertainty and for many this heightened level of transition can be a breeding ground for fear.

This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Let's Have a Candid Conversation on Media Stereotypes

Seeing yourself in the media is powerful, especially for young children. Complex and realistic representations can shape young identities for the better, while stereotypical and racist representations (or none at all) can leave lasting and harmful impressions for a lifetime.
So, what do representations of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the mainstream media show young AAPIs? Mostly stereotypes and racist jokes. Frequent portrayals of AAPIs as sidekicks, submissive, or socially awkward nerds mean that Asian Americans aren’t being portrayed as central, multi-dimensional characters.

At #EmergingUS, we want to address the media misrepresentation facing not only Asian Americans, but all of the different groups that make up our country. As a documentary platform, our focus is telling true stories featuring all kinds of Americans –  telling their stories with the complexity and nuance that they require. Just as seeing ourselves in the media can influence the way we form our identities, seeing others similarly represented can positively change the way we – and our young ones – interact with them.

Fact of the Week: 1 in 3 Moms Struggle to Pay for Diapers

Everyone knows babies go through a lot of diapers. But for low-income families, the cost of diapers often forces them to go without another necessity, like food or heat. For many, it can force them to leave babies in soiled diapers longer than they’d like. This can lead to physical and mental health problems for the baby, and can lead to mental health issues for the caregivers, too.

A lack of enough diapers also means low-income working parents who are lucky enough to have child care often can’t take advantage of it because child care centers require providing enough diapers for the infant for the day.

This diaper gap was the focus of an event on Capitol Hill earlier this month, sponsored by the National Diaper Bank Network. Their mission is to raise awareness of diaper need, strengthen community-based diaper banks, and generate donations of dollars and diapers, so that all babies remain clean, dry and healthy.

#MilitaryMonday: The Carrying On Project

A few months ago, a woman I really respect both for her parenting style and her honesty was featured on this site as part of #MilitaryMondays, which is how I first discovered it. Her piece about how babywearing makes her a better parent and helped with depression spoke to me, especially because at the time I was dealing with a recent diagnosis of depression myself, and am also a mother, military wife, babywearer, and former active duty service member (Marine Corps. OOHRAH!). Like Kati, I turned my need and later love for babywearing into a passion, helping people whenever I can, first as a babywearing educator and then also as a co-founder of a nonprofit organization called The Carrying On Project.

What’s Really Going On In America

On this #RADIO show we feature one of the top pollsters in the nation sharing what’s really going on right now in our nation, then we hear from a noted CNN commentator and author about her take on the battle between Bernie and Hillary.

Missed Opportunity: Inclusion of Young Professionals with Learning Disabilities Lacking in the U.S. Workforce

There has been a great focus on millennials in the workforce: how they will change jobs more frequently and how their work ethic is different than previous generations. But there is a gap in the workforce that parents and politicians need to focus on – young persons with learning disabilities. The economic value of this population has immense potential benefit. How do we partner the business community with these talented youth?  What needs to happen for this demographic to receive the opportunities that are critical for their success in the workforce?

Better than Brunch: What Parents Really Want Next Mother’s & Father’s Day

Springtime means more than post-winter thaw and the colorful display of fresh blossoms. It also marks the season of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the two days a year we devote to saying thanks to our parents for all they’ve done for us. And those days are more than well-deserved because, let’s just say it--parenting is tough.

There’s the cost of raising a child, the balancing act between work and caregiving; and then there’s that whole ‘the emotional and social skills you help them develop can set them on a trajectory that may determine the quality of the rest of their lives’ thing.’ Parenting is inarguably a challenging, humbling and noble undertaking.

Some of the most critical social-emotional development (SED) happens between the tender ages of birth and five years of age. And the development that happens within those few short years can be key determinants of our long term emotional health and economic success.

A Journey Out of the Darkness: Climb Out of the Darkness 2016

It is not often that you hear about the darkness that can accompany becoming a mom. Nine years ago I learned that the motherhood experience can contain more than nursery colors, cocoa butter for fading stretch marks, and breastfeeding. My son was six months old and not sleeping through the night. There was a continual malaise of body aches, extremely low mood, tearfulness, and even some panic. I reasoned my experience away. "You are just adjusting to motherhood, Jasmine. This is no big deal. You can handle this." His cry unnerved me and touching him resulted in me wanting to crawl out of skin. It was all I could manage to continue breastfeeding him daily. I didn't tell anyone about my ever growing resentment. Parts of me hated him and wanted him to disappear. Other parts of me loved him and was deeply grieved that I seemed to be failing at bonding with him.


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