My favorite part of the President's State of the Union address was his plan for expanding pre-kindergarten to all four-year-olds. The idea has been around for decades, and it did once very nearly become law until it was vetoed by President Nixon. But in the past 40 years, two big parts of the early education picture have shifted dramatically. The first is that we know for a fact that quality preschool will positively affect the child's life through adulthood. The second is that preschool is no longer used as a weapon to make mothers feel guilty....more
Working parents have a lot to juggle. So does everyone else. The question at hand is: Do working parents deserve to have first choice and priority in choosing work shifts and receiving work flexibility?
According to a Canadian Court, employers are obliged to accommodate employee's child-care requests and needs. The Globe and Mail reports:
So, I am faced with the possibility of finding another job. My current place of employment keeps jerking everyone around, taking away vacation, laying people off, making the ones that are left take call, the usual bull crap when they want to lessen the load of employees. I really dread this because I know that my three 12 hour shifts will be a thing of the past. I might even have to work second or third shift. I was able to do this before my daughter was born but now I really just want to stay home with her! I know that’s not very modern or career minded but I ...more
A few weeks ago, I received notice that I was “On call” to serve as a juror in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia. The notice explained that for a 2 week period I could possibly be called in to serve. It further requires the juror to call in every day during the 2 week period to see if your will have to report. I called in and I was instructed to report on the first day. As a lawyer, I am more than familiar with the process. I have tried jury trials and I have been called to serve as a juror. ...more
The first debate in this presidential campaign season is remarkable not for what the candidates said, but for what they didn't say. In spite of the fact that the Presidency cannot be won without a majority of women's votes, discussion of the economy and health care was narrow and bogged down in mindless detail. Worse, Governor Romney and President Obama seem to think that anyone can show up for a job at any time, regardless of what may be going on at home.
It's astounding that our candidates can be so focused on jobs and the economy and not explicitly address childcare....more
No, I’m not.You’re not my mother. SO STOP PRETENDING!I’m not pretending.Don’t hug me. Don’t smile at me. I want my mother, and you’re NOT HER.Okay. I won’t hug you. I’ll try hard not to smile. I know how much you want your mother, sweetheart. She’ll be here as soon as she can.Soon is a long time.It can be. She would be with you every minute if she could....more
I, like nearly every blogger who has been around for awhile, get a great many PR pitches in my inbox.99.999% of them go straight into my trash I am not interested in promoting anything for a company, nor do I care to tweet or otherwise pimp their product. One I got on Friday caught my eye. And not in a good Way. It was "Moms Against Cooties" - which is just a terrible name. It was this sentence that set my chaps on fire, however:...more
Did you know that all U.S. child care centers and home daycares have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), no matter how small the operation is? Yet parents of kids with special needs are routinely turned away from daycare, or forced to lodge legal complaints against child care providers who do not provide the accommodation their kids are legally entitled to. I recently spoke with Jana Burke, Project Director of the Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) ADA Center, about the rights and issues surrounding kids with special needs and day care....more