“Correction: We don't have maternity leave in this country. Not unless you're willing to either save up all your vacation and sick time (if your company will even allow that) or go on leave unpaid. Sad, when it comes to both nursing in public and maternity leave, this country is so not evolved.”
heboprotagonist on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:51:15
“My wife is a community college administrator and she received full paid maternity leave. It is separate from both vacation and sick pay. I'm sorry if other people aren't so lucky. Then again, the education lobby is pretty strong here in CO, maybe if we had a stronger union voice in DC we could get paid maternity leave for all US women.”
Dede Eagleburger on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:33:05
“@Fran Jaime: thank you! We are behind Mexico and most every other developed country when it comes to treating our mothers. We don't want to pay them to stay home and nurse, we want them back at work right away, BUT we don't want to see them feeding their baby or pumping...
"It's just a breast, for goodness sakes!"”
Fran Jaime on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:45:29
“I've seen so many mothers breastfeed in Mexico. They use a rebozo to lightly cover the baby and that's that. No one makes such a fuss. It's just a breast, for goodness sakes! Oh, and we get 84 days paid maternity leave if we are on payroll.”
Dede Eagleburger on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:02:17
“you're right, when he said maternity leave I thought 'unpaid'...i agree, we aren't so evolved in either area...”
1. How am I a lazy mother? Because I won't fight with a six-month-old over wearing a nursing cover? Should I be "teachin' her a lesson" at this age or something? Please, enlighten me with your parenting expertise!
2. What does your wife working a 40-hour workweek have to do with anything?
2. I'm not out with my baby on a hot day. I'm referring to the article which is about a woman nursing at the pool. Being covered up at the pool, outside in the sun is probably uncomfortable for little ones dontchathink?
3. I think you might be a teapartier.
4. Your complete ignorance on this issue also makes me think your 40-hour a week working wife was probably a formula feeder. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) If she did breast-feed, you were probably a treat to have around during that time. Did you tell her when and where to cover up too?”
“You're obviously not a mom, otherwise you would know that trying to cover a nursing baby who doesn't want to be covered is a losing battle. And you obviously have never had a hungry baby wanting to eat on a hot summer's day. Why don't you eat under a cover on a hot day and see how much you like it. Oh, and I'll try to make sure I "discipline" my infant. Thanks for the parenting advice!”
Dede Eagleburger on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:04:24
“I couldn't fan you fast enough. :)”
heboprotagonist on Sep 1, 2011 at 23:45:29
“You obviously are a lazy mother. My wife has managed, along with working 40hrs/wk. I guess we all have our limitations. I take responsibility for mine.
What are you doing with your baby outside on a hot day? Inside, where civilized people have A/C, civilized people manage to cover up.”
“To all the people saying "use a cover"— FYI: My daughter despises the cover and pulls it off every time I try to use it.”
heresy522 on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:31:50
“My son is doing the same thing, but after few tries, he gave up if he's really hungry and tired. Otherwise, I will find somewhere private (if I’m not closed to the bathroom) to feed him with the help from my husband blocking and holding the blanket around us. This happens a lot at the airport when we travel, so, my rule to him is that if there' no cover, then no breastfeeding. Then he gives in or go get snacks from the diaper bag instead, or my husband gives him water or juice to drink. It's been working well for us with that rule when we’re not at home.”
heboprotagonist on Sep 1, 2011 at 22:51:34
“Be the mother and cover it back up.”
Dede Eagleburger on Sep 1, 2011 at 22:12:05
“exactly, we try but it's not an exact science. What is really so bad about watching a baby be fed? I've seen grown people who have less decorum when they eat than any mother who breastfeeds in public...”
Jul 7, 2011 at 12:09:13
“:-( I so miss the old Office, you know, the funny version before they started adding unnecessary characters and making the entire show about relationships. It's so depressing to watch the 2005-2009 reruns on TBS and remember what the show could have been. Watch the early episodes, it was a different show ENTIRELY!”
“My husband and I decided to spend a little more on an all-natural fixed side crib that was made in the U.S. It's time For Americans to get over our consumption of cheap Chinese goods and start being willing to pay a little more to keep jobs here and our products safe, especially when it comes to our children.”
“First, I cannot believe the number of people on here defending child labor. A 15-hour a week job at McDonalds when you're in high school is WAY different than a 60 hour a week job with dangerous working conditions, abuse and environmental hazards. But as long as us Americans get cheaper goods, who cares, right?
And No PCZone, I saw your exact same "yellow journalism" comment on the Telegraph Web site. Lame.
We need to make products HERE in the United States. But greedy corporations will never do that, and consumers will never stop buying...”
Karl Jonas on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:05:48
“and,of course, you don't buy anything not "made in the usa"”
NoPCZone on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:04:24
“I posted the same because it's a different audience.
I would gladly pay more for stuff made in the US by workers covered by real OSHA, EPA and a living wage. The sad fact is that ALL computers are made in the Far East- mostly China- regardless what brand you buy.
Foxconn is the perp- not Apple. Apple released this info from results gathered by their monitoring. The headline is yellow journalism at it's worst.”
“While I do believe there is a lot of media hype and pressure on women to have children, there also is a sort of "mean" attitude in our country when it comes to having children and raising families. The United States is one of only five countries that does not provide paid maternity leave, something that is essential to recovering from childbirth and bonding with the new baby. Instead, we put pressure on women not only to have children, but to "do it all" which results in moms going back to work just three months (if they can afford it; sadly, some have to go back even sooner) and leaving their newborns in daycare. It's funny that we consider ourselves a "family values" country, but when it comes to having families, we find it almost socially unacceptable for parents to take any sort of significant time off to be with their babies the first year.
My husband and I are expecting our first child, and we've decided it's well worth the financial sacrifice (and things will be tight) to have one of us stay home the first year.”
hp blogger Elizabeth Gregory on Feb 18, 2010 at 00:13:34
“Yes, it's a "it's your family, so it's your problem" attitude too often -- instead of seeing the families of the nation as a resource to be supported. But having educated, happy citizens benefits us all. Having a few more women in policy making roles might change the dynamic a bit.”
“But wdw505, you'll be the first to take social security and medicare when it comes time for you to qualify. Oh, and the sidewalks you walk on, the roads you drive on, the safe water coming out of your tap, the fire and police protection you have, the public school you likely attended at some point in your life, those are all brought to you by "government help."”
wdw505 on Feb 10, 2010 at 17:34:02
“what part of "on a individual basis" do you not understand.........in addition i will never see social security and yet still have to pay for it as i am 46”
“And unemployment insurance is not a failure! What are you talking about? When I got laid off (which was under Bush by the way) unemployment insurance kept my bills paid while I looked for work! But I guess as long as you've never had to go on it, that's all that matters.
OK, now I'm through! Whew.”
“Seriously, it's hypocritical to complain about the government, then accept social security, no matter what you're using it for. Some PROGRESSIVE made it possible for you to get that money, Republicans wouldn't want you to have it, just like some PROGRESSIVE made sure that the water that comes out of your faucet is clean and safe, you have sidewalks, roads, police and fire protection, the FDIC... the list goes on... I'm done with this, it's too nice a day out to talk in circles with misinformed/Fox News viewers...”
You mean failed policies like social security, unemployment insurance, and medicare? Yeah, those are all HUGE failures (sarcasm).”
JoeCorrao on Feb 6, 2010 at 15:34:51
“they actually are failed cause they are unsustainable...they are classic Pyramid schemes (ss and medicare)”
LDnearthesea on Feb 6, 2010 at 15:14:11
“Failures to the rich and powerful who tried like hell not to get those bills passed nearly 80 years ago.”
kat1944 on Feb 6, 2010 at 15:13:51
“Those are exactly what I mean. They are total failures. They are bankrupting the country.They have given people a false sense of security and robbed our children of their right to a future.
They will all disappear in the future because they are impossible to fund any longer.
2 workers to support every non worker just won't work.
I do collect ss. I pay for my grandchildrens college with it. I own them at least that. I could give it back to government but that would be like flushing it.
I also have forced medicare and hate it. Didn't need it. Don't need it.”
unclelew on Feb 6, 2010 at 14:58:10
“Of course that's what Kat means. He's got his and too bad for the rest of you. It's the kind of smugness than can only be erased by personal tragedy.”
“Kat1944, this is exactly the kind of misinformation and misguided thinking that TruthFinderToo is talking about above.
BTW--I'll bet you said nothing when Bush destroyed Clinton's balanced budget and then ran up the deficit with an unnecessary war, tax cuts for the wealthy, etc. If you're so against government spending, maybe you should forfeit your social security and medicare when you get older, but you probably will just happily take it.”
“"The next step is what I announced at the State of the Union, which is to call on our Republican friends to present their ideas..."
Leave the republicans out of this already! They have produced no good ideas so far, on anything!!! Even if they did have a good idea, which isn't possible when all you care about is serving corporations, corporate interests and a bunch of looney teabaggers, they wouldn't share it, because they don't want anything in this administration to succeed.
My husband is unhappy at his current job (I know, he's lucky to have a job) and would love to leave for some new opportunities. However, several of the companies he's talked to have a waiting period for health insurance, and we're expecting our first baby.
This has to stop! President Obama, healthcare can't wait! We need a plan with a strong public option. Quit handing our country over to the Scott Browns and teabaggers of the world and fight for what we voted for!”
“I think the majority of teabaggers couldn't pass a literacy test...
What's funny is that they don't seem to get what they're following is part of a fake "astroturf" movement started by corporations and corporate interests... Sad, very sad. I find the whole lot of them scary...”
ClareP on Feb 5, 2010 at 15:41:59
“They certainly couldn't pass a civics test. & it would free us of the likes of Michelle Bachman. Just think....”
bilmardre on Feb 5, 2010 at 15:41:54
“I think the way it would work is "real Americans" would be exempt from the test.”
“Maloneymam, are you talking about the Bush years? B/c 9/11 happened on his watch and that counts as a terrorist attack.
And BTW, my layoff occurred under Bush, and while times are tough now, they're only tough because a new young president is trying to clean up W's mess.”
“Why in the world did we get away from using jars/glass bottles for things? I remember my mom buying pop in glass bottles in the '80s. When the bottles were empty, she'd take them back to the store and pick up another case. It seemed like a good, eco-friendly system, and the soft drinks were much tastier! As for the tomatoes, I guess the only solution is to grow your own and can them in jars at the end of the summer...”
jsarets on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:30:31
“I'm also in favor of glass, but the reason why we stopped using it as much is that glass is heavy and breakable. It costs more to transport, requires cases that reduce the risk of breakage, and in the 90s, overprotective parents considered glass containers to be hazardous to their children.”
“Um, sorry, but moving to the center is not the answer. In fact, hasn't Obama already behaved like he's in the center? Hasn't he already acted like Clinton, offering watered down legislation in place of a true progressive platform?
This didn't happen because Obama and the dems aren't center enough, it happened because they aren't PROGRESSIVE enough! People want real change, not the status quo, and yet they're too stupid to realize that electing a republican is only going to make things worse.”
Brian Gryphon on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:15:28
“While I agree that the Administration and the Dems are not nearly progressive enough, I disagree with your suggestion that Obama has "behaved like he's in the center". His administration has acted so much like the repugs they are almost the same thing. Pharma, the insurance industry, the financial industry, the war machine... they might make token noise but not a one of them has not benefited (and in shameless excess) from the current Administration. The bigger the dream and the higher the hope, the farther we fall when reality arrives.”
Cornell Redneck on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:14:29
“You display the arrogance that sank the Democrat Party last night in it's prime bastion: NEVER, NEVER suggest that the American voting public is stupid!”
New Mexicow on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:12:53
“HWR: really? That's what you take away from a progressive candidate in a progressive state, who lost touch with the common man in the middle? Have you seen the numbers? Rasmussen put 44% as voting against Brown (as opposed to voting for Coakly) and 28% voting AGAINST Brown. there was a fairly large contingent of Dems voting FOR Brown. It's not about the right, it's about the CENTER. It's not about Healthcare, it's about the Economy.
You are a reporter, so you should be able to dig up this stuff... but no wonder the media is going so wacko-lefty. You may be entitled your opinion, but I seriously doubt it doesn't taint your reporting.”
“We're expecting our first baby and plan to spend a little more to buy a crib made in the USA. Expectant parents, check out stores like Land of Nod. They have multiple cribs available that are USA-made.
We're buy no means rich, (barely middle class) but we believe that if people spend more to buy quality products made here, especially for something as important as a crib, the prices will come down and, hopefully some jobs might come back... Vote with your dollars!”