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Learning to Love What You Have

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that’s wise far beyond her years: “The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present.”

Not One More Day

In a few weeks, the White House will be convening the first Summit on Early Learning. We need your help to make sure this Summit actually leads to action for our littlest learners.

We need action fast. I'm looking at my little 2-month-old and I know we have less than 2,000 days before he starts kindergarten. We only have 2,000 days when a baby's brain is growing and changing the fastest [1]. With each and every passing day of inaction on the federal level, we lose one more day, one more child, one more incredible opportunity to ensure that all of our littlest learners are ready and successful for school and life.

But sadly, quality child care now costs more than college in our nation—and even though parents need safe, enriching places for children to be so they can work, too few options are available.

It’s a national emergency.

Obama’s Path to Progress: Protecting Farmworker Kids

Many people hold on to the image of children gathering eggs in the yard or dumping a pail of slop in front of an appreciative sow as the true and full extent of child farm labor. But the reality of life on a farm can be much different. In fact, the awful truth is that hundreds of kids who enjoyed Thanksgiving with their families last year won’t be able to this year because they died in an agriculture-related incident in the last twelve months.

'Poor Gays'

This post, authored by Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org. The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality.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!

“Poor gays!”

No, that’s not a statement of sympathy for a discriminated minority – but rather a subsection of that minority which gets little notice. The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality.

'Poor Gays'

This post, authored by Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org. The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality.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!

“Poor gays!”

No, that’s not a statement of sympathy for a discriminated minority – but rather a subsection of that minority which gets little notice. The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality.

Good Food Force Weekly Update: Healthy Holidays, Squash Custard and more!

The holidays are almost here! These cold winter months provide nice opportunities to warm your house with good food, friends and family. Throughout the next few Good Food Force Updates we're sharing tips for keeping the holidays healthy and fun. Please join the conversation online using #GFF, and we'll share top tips from our community each week!   
 
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* MomsRising.org at LATISM '14!
MomsRising.org was honored to attend the 2014 Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) conference in California last week. Our own Elisa Batista participated in a panel discussion in Spanish about mobilizing the Latino community to live healthier lives. Her presentation largely focused on junk food marketing to Latino youth, and what parents can do to help their children make the right food choices. Read more about her experience on the blog!  
 
* New from the Good Food Force Bloggers
We're still glowing from the amazing Good Food Force Meeting in DC earlier this month! Find links to some great recaps from the Good Food Force bloggers, below.

Take a Selfie to Stand with Peggy Young!

When Peggy Young, a UPS driver for 10 years, found out she was pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. But UPS refused her request for “light duty.” Instead, she was pushed onto unpaid leave for the duration of her pregnancy, and lost her UPS-provided health benefits when she needed them most. Peggy bravely stood up to UPS for violating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and now her case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it will be heard on Wednesday, December 3rd. 

Let Peggy Young know you stand with her as she stands up for herself, her family, and pregnant workers across the nation. Take a selfie with a #StandWithPeggy sign!

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Participating in the #StandWithPeggy Photo Project

Winter Squash Custard and Homemade Whip Topping Recipe

Recipe

Thanksgiving makes me think of family and comfort food. Gathering with the people you love the most to eat a meal that you’ve prepared together is priceless. One of the foods I love to use throughout the fall and on Thanksgiving is winter squash. There are so many different ways you can prepare and use squash to make savory and sweet dishes. This custard dish is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table and best of all it’s filled with many nutrients from the squash.

Winter squashes delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart­friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium which is important for bone health, vitamin B6 which is essential for proper functioning of the nervous and immune system. No one will even guess it’s healthy because it’s so delicious.

Winter Squash Custard

Ingredients

  • 2 cups winter squash such as Butternut, Acorn or Kabocha puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon organic cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk, heavy cream

 

The Club Sandwich Generation Needs Paid Family Leave

In the spring of 2006, I received two phone calls while away from home at a conference. The first call informed me that my mother of 92 years would require a second amputation. The second call informed me that my younger son, a senior in high school, had been diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma…cancer.  My mother died in August, almost at the same time my son completed his last chemotherapy treatment. Today, he is cancer free.

Two years later, at the same conference, I learned that my dad had been diagnosed with leukemia. He died in June. As I was helping plan his memorial service, my partner of 29 years had a heart attack. He underwent triple by-pass surgery and, two months later, a stent operation.  

I know exactly what Carol Aboya means by her term “The Club Sandwich Generation.” I am not sure how we made it through that period in our lives. We had good friends. We had adult siblings who helped. We had excellent health insurance and medical care. And I had an employer who allowed me to flex my time, telecommute, and to use sick and vacation time. What we did not have was paid family leave.

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Let's Chat Healthy Holidays!

Tweetchat

The holiday season has begun! Are you as excited as I am? The food, parties, crafts and did I mention food? It's no wonder I can't stop humming "It'sThe Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!" I live for this time of the year and enjoy every single moment of it!

Yet, the one aspect I wish we could all leave out of the holiday season are those pesky extra pounds that seem to creep out on us. Did you know that the average weight gain during the holidays is about one pound? Making matter worse is that the average weight gain during adulthood is 1-2 pounds per year! It may not sound like much but as we age that extra pound (or three!) become harder and harder to lose.  

This #FoodFri we're happy to be discussing healthy holiday options! Join @MomsRising and @CSPI on Friday, November 21, 2014, at 1 pm, EST / 10 am to share and get tips for how to enjoy the holiday season healthfully.

Together, we can brainstorm ideas to help us enjoy the season and leave the extra pound (or three!) behind!

To invite and share with others, feel free to click below!

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