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#FoodFri Tweetchat: If you can't sell it, why advertise it?

Join @MomsRising and @PreventObesity this Friday, 4/18/14 at 1 p.m. EST / 10am PST for #NoMoreJunkAds, our #FoodFri tweetchat focused on creating a healthier school environment.Parents scored a huge victory last year when we won the Smart Snacks rule. Now snacks sold in school vending machines and a la carte lines must meet nutrition guidelines during the 2014-2015 school year.However, no rule is currently in place for what can advertised in schools. Advertising and marketing to children in schools requires special consideration because the food industry is reaching children in an environment where parents have little or no oversight or ability to consent, and because students should have a learning environment that does not include messages that undermine nutrition and health education.Our positions is...

#FoodFri Tweetchat: If you can’t sell it, why advertise it?

Join @MomsRising and @PreventObesity this Friday, 4/18/14,  at 1 p.m. EST / 10am PST for #NoMoreJunkAds, our #FoodFri tweetchat focused on creating a healthier school environment.

Parents scored a huge victory last year when we won the Smart Snacks rule. Now snacks sold in school vending machines and a la carte lines must meet nutrition guidelines during the 2014-2015 school year.

However, no rule is currently in place for what can advertised in schools. Advertising and marketing to children in schools requires special consideration because the food industry is reaching children in an environment where parents have little or no oversight or ability to consent, and because students should have a learning environment that does not include messages that undermine nutrition and health education.

No More Mad Men Pay!

Equal Pay Day was last week—but really, we should be talking about this every day, not just on April 8.

I love the AMC hit show “Mad Men.” But I don’t love Mad Men-era pay. You can’t smoke in the office any more, but you can still pay women less than men.

If women were asked to work for free for three months of the year, it would be an outrage. But that’s essentially what happens to the average working woman, who is paid just 77 cents on the dollar of a man’s pay. That average woman didn’t see her full year of 2013 pay until April 8, 2014—Equal Pay Day.

The Equal Pay Act has been federal law for more than 50 years—but at the current pace of progress, it will take another 40-plus more years to close the pay gap between men and women.

Who suffers because of the pay gap?

—Women: Over a lifetime of work, the pay gap costs the typical working woman more than $400,000.

No More Mad Men Pay!

Equal Pay Day was last week—but really, we should be talking about this every day, not just on April 8.

I love the AMC hit show “Mad Men.” But I don’t love Mad Men-era pay. You can’t smoke in the office any more, but you can still pay women less than men.

If women were asked to work for free for three months of the year, it would be an outrage. But that’s essentially what happens to the average working woman, who is paid just 77 cents on the dollar of a man’s pay. That average woman didn’t see her full year of 2013 pay until April 8, 2014—Equal Pay Day.

The Equal Pay Act has been federal law for more than 50 years—but at the current pace of progress, it will take another 40-plus more years to close the pay gap between men and women.

Who suffers because of the pay gap?

—Women: Over a lifetime of work, the pay gap costs the typical working woman more than $400,000.

Funny video clip?

I love those images in magazines as much as anyone else — you know, the images of the mother lightly skipping through the field of flowers with her laughing children.

And yeah, once in a while I’ve had a field of flowers moment, but mostly motherhood is something else, something more real, more gritty, more laugh-out-loud funny, and touching.

There is joy, frustration, and funnier-than-I-ever-imagined-possible human comedy in the very long-term project of raising children. Yes, there are also the other experiences: The bloopers.

Those moments when our children fall asleep in the spaghetti bowl, or when our pets are extra cute with our kids, or when… you know what I mean!

*Do you have a funny–or touching–short video up your sleeve?  We want to feature short video clips from real moms, dads, grandparents, kids, babies, and even pets!

Funny video clip?

Take Action!I love those images in magazines as much as anyone else -- you know, the images of the mother lightly skipping through the field of flowers with her laughing children. And yeah, once in a while I’ve had a field of flowers moment, but mostly motherhood is something else, something more real, more gritty, more laugh-out-loud funny, and touching. There is joy, frustration, and funnier-than-I-ever-imagined-possible human comedy in the very long-term project of raising children. Yes, there are also the other experiences: The bloopers. Those moments when our children fall asleep in the spaghetti bowl, or when our pets are extra cute with our kids, or when… you know what I mean! *Do you have a funny--or touching--short video up your sleeve?  We want to feature short video clips from real moms, dads, grandparents, kids, babies, and even pets! Have a funny or touching moment you caught on video like your child refusing to potty train?  The miraculous first steps, the calamity of a teenager’s room, or have a story about a mom who inspired you, sage mom to mom advice?  We want your short video clips!

The Economics of Midlife Motherhood (Part II)

In Part I of this  guest post by Cyma Shapiro, we explored the fundamental economics of choosing midlife mothering.   Here, we listen to experts and midlife mothers weigh-in on this increasingly prevalent life choice.  You can pop back to Part I of this post, if you wish, to refresh your recollection before moving on to Part II.

What price will women pay to achieve motherhood? At what cost will someone over age 40 go to, to fulfill a dream of loving, nurturing and having a family? Does the increasing number of women choosing new older parenting mean that the sheer economics of it all require fundamental changes in our society? With the redefinition of the family model going into the 21st century, will all of this impact and encourage the passing of a (long-awaited) federal Family Leave Act?

I turned to some midlife mothers to get answers:

The Economics of Midlife Motherhood (Part II)

In Part I of this  guest post by Cyma Shapiro, we explored the fundamental economics of choosing midlife mothering.   Here, we listen to experts and midlife mothers weigh-in on this increasingly prevalent life choice.  You can pop back to Part I of this post, if you wish, to refresh your recollection before moving on to Part II.

What price will women pay to achieve motherhood? At what cost will someone over age 40 go to, to fulfill a dream of loving, nurturing and having a family? Does the increasing number of women choosing new older parenting mean that the sheer economics of it all require fundamental changes in our society? With the redefinition of the family model going into the 21st century, will all of this impact and encourage the passing of a (long-awaited) federal Family Leave Act?

I turned to some midlife mothers to get answers:

The Surprising Truth Behind Tax Day: Where Your Taxes Go

If you groan about Tax Day, you’re certainly not alone.

But what if Tax Day was something we could be proud of as members of a democracy? Would you feel differently about paying taxes if you knew they were going to support public services that you, your family, and your community rely on – such as public safety, roads and bridges, schools, health care, social services, and national parks?

Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns on April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.

The Surprising Truth Behind Tax Day: Where Your Taxes Go

If you groan about Tax Day, you’re certainly not alone.

But what if Tax Day was something we could be proud of as members of a democracy? Would you feel differently about paying taxes if you knew they were going to support public services that you, your family, and your community rely on – such as public safety, roads and bridges, schools, health care, social services, and national parks?

Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns on April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.

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