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The Real Monsters

Each year at Halloween, our neighborhoods are bustling as children go door to door dressed as zombies, vampires, skeletons or something else fantastic and scary. For many children Halloween is the rare occasion to indulge in a fun time of ghost stories and goblins and trick or treats. But at the end of the night they put away their costumes and make-believe in their closets and return to their normal lives.

Sadly, too many children do not have normal or safe or protected lives and their monsters are real. They do not have closets in many homeless shelters or on the streets or church steps where they sometimes live with homeless parents. They are not safe in drug and violence infested neighborhoods and suffer chronic hunger especially on weekends and during long summer months when school is out. 

It should not and does not have to be this way! It is shameful that children are the poorest group in America because of unjust political choices and skewed values that help the wealthiest and powerful at the expense of poor and voiceless children. As you decide which candidate will win your vote, consider this:

MomsRising #WellnessWed end of the year Twitter Chat calendar!

Are you a fan of our MomsRising #WellnessWed Twitter Chats?Wednesday, November 5. Premature Birth Awareness Month with Guest(s): March of Dimes

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Let's Celebrate #Halloween, the Healthy Way!


"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!"

As a child, this was my chant on Halloween. It was my battle cry, as I rallied for candy. And, I was not alone.

Fast forward a few decades (I'll keep you guessing as to how many!), and my idea of "good" has changed. I now understand that my Halloween booty, did more to my body and my "booty" than I ever imagined! And, I want to make sure it's different for my children.

Join @MomsRising and @CSPI this #FoodFri to share healthy Halloween resources, generate suggestions for healthy holiday alternatives, and discuss strategies for healthier celebrations!

It takes a village to raise a healthy child. Will you join me on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 1pm, EST?

I'll be looking for YOU!



To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

GOTV Tips on helping moms in your area get to the polls!

I have been canvassing 20 hours per week to help get people to the polls. During this canvassing, I can't tell you how many new mothers with babies have told me that they aren't going to vote because they don't have time to register, or to get the ID that they need, or to get a babysitter to take care of their kids, or to get a ride to their polling place.

People I've come into contact with think that women are uninterested in voting, but the truth is that the deck is stacked against young women, especially women in poverty, with children and that when they DON'T vote in their own interest, it seems to count as a vote AGAINST them.

We have to do what we can to make sure women's voices are heard! Here are some ways you could help:

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 The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) boosts the food security of millions of Americans. 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.

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:

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