Child Care: It Never Gets Easier to Choose

My daughter started kindergarten this year, and because we wanted to ease her transition, we left her in her normal daycare for before-and-after-school care instead of putting her in the program run by the public school system. Even though it cost $200 a month more....more

I live in London, and we have the same issues.  Next week my kids will be out of school ...more

À AIMER: The Joys of Getting Sick in France, Part Four

 Today the Washington Post reported that the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill, if passed, "would require people to buy insurance or face penalties ranging up to $1,900, to be assessed on their income tax returns."...more

Pre-School Dirty Harry

My approach to bad behavior: ...more

We Should Be Ashamed

Not only do we lack a basic understanding of the way our government works, but we also don't give a flying f#@! about our most precious resource, OUR CHILDREN. As Canadians we should all be ashamed. ...more

What Will Michelle Do?

The Obama girls, Malia and Sasha, are so adorable. They make America smile every time they skip onto the stage with their father, and we're communally delighted to know their good behavior during the campaign will be duly rewarded with a puppy. ...more

John McCain’s Wrong Answers to Working Women’s Questions—Now Give Him Your Answer at the Ballot Box

Don’t get excited. John McCain didn’t respond directly to the questions about his positions on economic and reproductive justice we (Carole Joffe and I) first put to him on Labor Day and have been asking him ever since. ...more

Puzzling Diversity

There are two values that occupy the highest places in my heart: Helping all children develop to their fullest potential, and supporting individuals in their quests to live full lives outside of the restrictive social roles that we learn from very young ages. The two values are related, but not the same. ...more

That's so awesome.

Suzanne ...more

On Labor Day, Working Women Need Straight Answers from John McCain

Dear Blogher Friends: Carole Joffe and I co-wrote this post to share our thoughts on the intersection between economic and reproductive justice in women's lives, and to inform people about John McCain's positions on this topic. What additional quesstions do you have for him? Please tell us in your comments. ...more

"Because Women's Work is Always Undervalued:" Why Child Care Workers are Some of The Lowest Paid Professionals in America

I don't have children, and I do not plan to have any. Yet, in my mind, child care and early childhood education is the most important issue any nation faces. In the United States, we pay a lot of lip service to the importance of child care and early education, recognizing the field as critical to parents' ability to go to work, as a way to prepare young children for school, and as a safe place for older kids to go after school while their parents are at work. ...more

Not only that, but it is not a skill or talent that counts as work, and therefore should not be ...more

Standing Up for Working Women & Child Care Providers

My sister has a degree in elementary education. Because she lives in a college town that churns out education majors in a dying state in the Midwest, it took her a few years to find a teaching job. In the meantime, she clocked some serious hours as the director of a before- and after-school program. On days like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the regular teachers had the day off. Dana had to be at work at 6 am. The parents who used the program needed to send their kids to school while they worked. Schools may be closed, as are banks and the government, but increasingly people are working in jobs that don’t observe federal holidays or give it to workers as a paid day. ...more

Great post!   The situation will only worsen as long as deregulation is seen as a good thing, ...more