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Bipartisan Bill To Revamp Child Care

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama compromise legislation on Monday revamping the government's chief child care program for the ...

What I Realized When I Asked for Help

Kate Baer | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Kate Baer

Why is it so hard to ask for help? The words get stuck in my throat like a dinner roll I've inhaled without a glass of water, and I'm left dry and weary. The speeches I've rehearsed during angry cleaning are such a waste. I could have been listening to a podcast.

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Latifa Lyles | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Latifa Lyles

Enabling more women to work through improved access to child care can also help mitigate the gender wage gap for lifetime earnings.

Pre-K's Potential as Part of a Comprehensive Pro-Children Strategy

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The evidence is in: high-quality early childhood education works. Whether it's parenting programs for mothers of infants and toddlers, state prekindergarten, or full-time care from infancy through kindergarten, these initiatives more than pay for themselves.

Meet The Mom Who Takes Her Sitter EVERYWHERE (and 10 Reasons Why)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Have you ever scoffed at the Mom who doesn't seem to leave home without her sitter or nanny in tow -- at birthday parties, school drop-off, Mommy and Me class? Maybe you even judged her for it, wondering why she can't go at it alone with her own kids.

Giving My Baby To Someone Else To Love

Jennifer Latch | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Latch

If I can show my daughters that there are many people who care about them and whom they can love in return, at least one part of my job as their mother will be fulfilled.

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

Sometimes It Takes A Village, Except When It Shouldn't

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

The bystander in Ms. Harrell's story seems to have skipped the parent-to-parent moment. Instead, Ms. Harrell's story opens a whole vortex of parenting worry I had never even considered -- the meddling stranger.

Mom Whose Daughter Played Outside While She Worked Was Not Fired (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

UPDATE: July 25 -- Robert Phillips, Harrell's lawyer, confirmed Friday that Harrell was never fired. He wrote in an email that McDonald's told him and...

Ripping off the Child Care Band-Aid: Part Two

Lauren Jackman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Lauren Jackman

I felt very comfortable with leaving him there. I spent about an hour with him while he adjusted to all the noises and people around him. He soon felt relaxed enough to crawl away from me and explore his surroundings.

New Moms Talk About Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents

For new moms, heading back into the office after maternity leave can be tough. In a HuffPost Live conversation, mothers shared their experiences with ...

The Successful 150-Year-Old Model

Lori Sokol | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Lori Sokol

While the most visible women's rights being jeopardized include voting rights and the right to have control over our own bodies, there are more, many more.

Jillian Berman

When Being A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't A Choice

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business

Today's stay-at-home moms are often portrayed as modern-day June Cleavers decked out in head-to-toe Lululemon, shepherding their kids from school to s...

Michelle Obama Reveals The 'Worst Time' Of Her Motherhood

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents

At the first White House Working Families Summit on Monday, President Obama spoke about how he plans to improve the experience of U.S. working parents...

Infants and Toddlers Cannot Be Forgotten When Expanding Pre-K

Carla Thompson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

Over and over again, we are coming to the same conclusion - early investments in children's education reap a harvest of benefits for years to come for the children, their families and their communities.

Scraping Day Care Data in the Naked City

Marc Shifflett | Posted 08.23.2014 | Home
Marc Shifflett

Data's a funny thing. On the surface it appears fairly banal. Warehouses of tabulated information constructed out of tables with rows and columns of numbers and text representing a series of events or things that share a common type.

Why Sick Kids Should Be Allowed at Daycare

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Parents want me to find a way to make the little fever or the last bit of diarrhea go away (which I can't do, sadly) because until it does, they can't go to work. For me as a doctor, it's kind of nuts -- and not the best use of anyone's time, let alone health care dollars.

On Men, Child Care and Work

Richard Robbins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Richard Robbins

We'll only achieve equality when men can step up to the plate at home and feel comfortable talking about it. After all, juggling family and career is a man's issue, too.

VIDEO: Unsung Heroes of the Oklahoma Tornadoes

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

One year ago, a series of devastating tornadoes tore apart Oklahoma homes, schools, child care centers and killed 48 people, including 19 children. Thousands of surviving children were thrown into turmoil. Kids lost friends and loved ones, the places where they lived and learned -- and their sense of security.

Home Economics: Give Mom a Little (Professional) Respect

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Alyson Gounden Rock

This Mother's Day, we can all do three things that will bolster mom's value and support gender equality. We can stop making throwaway negative comments about mothers. We can acknowledge that mothers do real work, and we can value that work more highly.

5 Ways This Working Mom Survived White House Correspondents Weekend

Sujata Mitra | Posted 07.05.2014 | DC
Sujata Mitra

As a communications professional, White House Correspondents Weekend is a sweet mix of work and fun. It's always a blast (and exhausting)... but this year was a little different for me. For the first time, I attended the festivities as a mom.

Make Hard Work Pay -- Again

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The sad truth is you can work full time in America and not be able to meet your family's basic needs. A parent working full time at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour earns $15,080 a year before taxes. That's $4,700 below the poverty level for a parent with two children.

How to Make It in America as a Single Mother, by the Numbers

Taylor Hirth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Taylor Hirth

I have composed this sample buget. It accounts for the things that many people expect lower income families to maintain, and maintain without public assistance. It doesn't account for saving for college for our children, saving for retirement, or saving for much of anything at all.

Good News for Women -- It's an Election Year

Martha Burk | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Love it or hate it, we're in a brand new election year. What with the lowest rating for Congress in history and the gridlock on Capitol Hill, this may seem like less than the greatest news. But women ought to be pretty enthusiastic.

Governor's Budget Projections Mean Huge Cuts for Kids

Emily J. Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

While Illinoisians rang in the New Year with family and friends, a little-noticed new forecast released by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) on the first of the year leaves no room for celebration.