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Social development means what, exactly, for parents?

Eve Sullivan | Posted 02.24.2016 | Parents
Eve Sullivan

A brief bit of background . . . last year the UN set 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030. These follow the eight Millennium Development...

We Need to Close the 'Word Gap' for Low-Income Children

Sandra Waxman | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Sandra Waxman

Closing the gap matters for several reasons. Most importantly, without access to high-quality childcare, infants and toddlers from low-income families face increasingly steep developmental challenges.

This Is What Bad Childcare Looks Like...

Karin Schott | Posted 07.31.2016 | Parents
Karin Schott

This is what bad childcare looks like: your child gets in the car and tells you that the worker was on her smart phone most of the time and not aware of what was going on with the kids in her care.

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential

Eve Sullivan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Eve Sullivan

Our goals are the same: we seek to take the best of both tradition and innovation while avoiding the worst of either. This is quite a juggling act, to be sure. I believe parents in the Arab world and the West, indeed parents around the world, can more effectively help each other if we see our common concerns.

Lack of Support Structures Creates Impossible Decisions

MotherWoman | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents

By Gloria Malone Homeless single mother Shanesha Taylor recently became the focus of much media and social networking attention, but Taylor's story ...

The Defeat of DOMA Can Help Us Rethink Other Family Policies Too

Kimberly Dark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Dark

If we broaden our discussions about how American family policies support children, we will find ourselves in dialogue about family leave, sick leave and vacation time. We'll examine the adequacy of minimum wage. We'll have realistic discussions about public welfare programs.

What Are Women For?

MotherWoman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

By Samantha Wilde When the news broke many months ago that the U.S. birthrate had hit its lowest level since 1920, I didn't know it. I was too busy c...

Jan Diehm

LOOK: The Limits Of 'Leaning In' | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Women

As women across the country form "Lean In" circles and others poke holes in the messages of Sheryl Sandberg's book of the same name, the fact remains ...

Paid Sick Time - Crucial for Keeping Families Afloat, and Good for the Employers' Bottomline

MotherWoman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people come to work when they're sick. This is partly due to the fact that I caught bronchitis from a sick collea...

Impossible Decisions: Choosing Between the Job We Need and the Family We Love

MotherWoman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact

By Jennifer Shiao Page Last year, I made a career change and I'm now working for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. But prior to that I had an...

MotherWoman: Not Just for New Mothers

MotherWoman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact

My daughter was three when my son was born and for me, the early years of mothering felt like a kind of suspended animation: I could see the cosmos racing away from me outside my spaceship porthole.