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Following Mom's Advice

My Mom chose college over a car and loved working for Eleanor Roosevelt in Washington after college. Though she was a very active stay-at-home mom after she married my Dad, my Mom always told me to have a career and a family, and I followed her advice. Another piece of advice from both my Mom and my Dad was to “do the best you can.”  Blessed (and, in some ways, cursed) with a body that doesn’t require much sleep to keep going, I took that advice to mean I should work as many hours as I could. In my first high-tech management job, I clocked 110 hours one week, and 70, 80, 90 hours many other weeks. 

Then I had my son, and I knew that the hours I spent at the office, I wasn’t spending with my precious little guy. I had my career and my family, and I wanted to do the best I could at both. I decided to see if I could get more effective at work rather than just piling on more hours.

I started each day by applying my Time Management Mantra:

SNAP into Action: Celebrate 50 Years of Food Stamps Using #snap4SNAP

This post, authored by Kate Scully, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) boosts the food security of millions of Americans. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Fifty years ago President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law.  The legislation made the food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), permanent.

Examining the Family Cost of Healthy Eating

My boys love to load up on fruits. It’s much harder to get them to eat vegetables, but everything is a work in progress right? They have their healthy choices and unhealthy choices, but we are taking baby steps as a family to eliminate those unhealthy foods and replace them with the healthier options. 

Every few days, my sons enjoy a fruit salad with a medley of three to four fruits; as a result, I always stock up on fruits. I was running low on fruit this week so we ran to the supermarket to buy some together. As the boys chose raspberries and blackberries, I couldn’t help but look at the size of the container and the price tag. It always shocks me at how pricey fresh fruits can be!  For a 12 ounce package of blackberries, the cost was close to $4.00. These fruits go very quickly in my household since I use them in pancakes, salads and with granola. If I had been unemployed or struggling to pay bills, I would have second guessed the small package of blackberries.

Moms Say Thanks to Mayors for Leadership on Connecting Children and Families to Health Insurance

** This post was written by Chuan Teng at the National League of Cities (NLC). It originally appeared on NLC’s blog CitiesSpeak. **

Moms have gotten wind of NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative (CEHACF) and are telling mayors “thank you” for taking the lead on enrolling kids and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Our friends at MomsRising, a grass-roots network of moms and individuals united by the goal of developing a more family-friendly America, have called upon their membership in Dallas and Pittsburgh to sign thank you letters to show Mayor Mike Rawlings (Dallas) and Mayor Bill Peduto (Pittsburgh) support for making children’s health a local priority.

Pledge to vote!

Take Action!

We know. It’s easy to feel frustrated by some politicians who don’t seem to understand what’s going on in the lives of their constituents.

We also know that we have the power to change this. There are some amazing and inspirational candidates running for office and many very close races across the country. November 4th—Election Day—is quickly approaching and it is time to vote in candidates who will work for families!

We have the power! Not only do women vote in larger numbers than men, we also are highly networked and recent studies show that voting behavior is heavily influenced by friends and family. Let’s own our power and get out the vote!

The time is now! Join moms, dads, and people from across the country and pledge to vote on November 4th. http://action.momsrising.org/signup/vote-pledge-2014/

Nov. 4: It's All About Women

The other day I read a statistic that made me laugh a little. It said women’s issues are shaping up as the second-biggest issue among voters this year, behind only the economy.

Really? I don’t think so.

We are the economy.

Women’s issues, family issues, are economic issues. And, as we know every single day, economic issues are women’s issues.

That’s why this election is so important to us. And why we’re so important in this election.

In a few days, we’ll have the opportunity to determine what kind of economy we will have—what kind of future—by electing leaders who will work for all of us.

In many cases, it’s women (especially unmarried women) who are putting these candidates on top in the polls.

But polls aren’t what shape our future. Elections are. And a big question today is: Will women turn out to vote?

The track record in mid-term elections isn’t great. Let’s change that. There is a lot at stake:

The Rise of the (Fictional) Female Politician: It’s Time for Reality to Match Our Hollywood Stars

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a rise in strong female political leaders on television. President Laura Roslin in the 2004 remake of Battlestar Galactica comes to mind. Not to mention Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, as well as a slew of others who are bringing the political savvy and talent of women politicians into the public eye.

With every renewed season, we debunk the myth that women will watch men lead, but men won’t watch women in the leading role. Thanks to writers like Shonda Rhimes making waves, institutions like the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, and watchdogs like Melissa Silverstein of Women & Hollywood, every network now has its own leading lady.

But if art and reality often mirror one another, our reality isn’t keeping up. Women’s political representation has stagnated around 20% for the last 20 years. Our presidential cabinets became less diverse from Bush Administration to Obama Administration. Lobbyists have just a few women leading the way (Think Susan Molinari of Google). And campaign staff is overwhelming male, even for female candidates. 

Interview with Tacoma City Councilperson Ryan Mello on paid sick days

MomsRising: Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has said she supports passing a paid sick leave bill this year. You’ve been leading on this issue for some time. What do you think about the details the Mayor has shared?

Ryan Mello: I’m glad Mayor Strickland understands that cities need to take the lead on issues like paid sick leave, but the policy details she is rumored to have shared with the Washington Retail Association won’t actually protect workers, families, or public health. The Tacoma City Council can’t just pass a showpiece to get this issue off our desks. We need a policy that helps all the people of Tacoma in a meaningful way.

MomsRising: Why have you made passing paid sick days a priority?

5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

Food Tips

More than 12.5 million children in the US are overweight. This number is not decreasing but increasing which puts children at risk for serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Teaching your child healthy nutrition habits will increase their awareness and they will form better eating habits that will go with them throughout their lives.

Cooking with children encourages creativity, an understanding of bad eating habits, responsibility and involvement. It’s never too early to start teaching your children the differences between healthy and non healthy foods. By cooking with your kids you are reminding yourself and reinforcing the fact to your children that cooking and eating healthy food together is a lot of fun.  Kids love to eat together as a family and help make the foods being served. Food not only nourishes our bodies but our souls.

Beyond “The Talk”: New Research on Talking to Your Kids About Sex and Relationships

By Leslie Kantor, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 

October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families talking about sexuality and relationships.  For those of you who think you’ve got this covered, think again. New research shows that while most parents are talking with their children, most of us aren’t talking often enough or in enough detail about critical topics that will help ensure that our children make healthy decisions.

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