Dear President Obama: What About Parents Who Stay Home?

[Editor's Note: This post has been updated as of 2:15 pm CT 1/22/2014. The author would like to clarify that she is not asking for a childcare tax credit for parents that stay at home. She believes increasing the dependent deduction by $3,000 instead would benefit more families in America.] So I watched the State of the Union address last night with my husband. It is a miracle I made it over half of the way through as most years I bail after 10 minutes....more

Dear President Obama: What About Parents Who Stay Home?

[Editor's Note: This post has been updated as of 2:15 pm CT 1/22/2014. The author would like to clarify that she is not asking for a childcare tax credit for parents that stay at home. She believes increasing the dependent deduction by $3,000 instead would benefit more families in America.] So I watched the State of the Union address last night with my husband. It is a miracle I made it over half of the way through as most years I bail after 10 minutes....more

Dear President Obama: What About Parents Who Stay Home?

[Editor's Note: This post has been updated as of 2:15 pm CT 1/22/2014. The author would like to clarify that she is not asking for a childcare tax credit for parents that stay at home. She believes increasing the dependent deduction by $3,000 instead would benefit more families in America.] So I watched the State of the Union address last night with my husband. It is a miracle I made it over half of the way through as most years I bail after 10 minutes....more
and another thought - raising children is work. It may not be paid work, but it is work, labor, ... more

Dear President Obama: What About Parents Who Stay Home?

[Editor's Note: This post has been updated as of 2:15 pm CT 1/22/2014. The author would like to clarify that she is not asking for a childcare tax credit for parents that stay at home. She believes increasing the dependent deduction by $3,000 instead would benefit more families in America.] So I watched the State of the Union address last night with my husband. It is a miracle I made it over half of the way through as most years I bail after 10 minutes....more
You're exactly right Dena.  A fully refundable tax credit for each child under a certain age is ... more

Married Moms: Do You Work?

A Washington D.C. think tank is devoting some resources to find out "What's Happening to Married Mothers in the Workforce?"  It's a critically important question for a lot of reasons. While fewer women choose to marry, more than three-quarters of us are mothers by the time we're in our 40s....more
Thanks so much to all who commented.  Your feedback was so great, I had to write about it in ... more

Married Moms: Do You Work?

A Washington D.C. think tank is devoting some resources to find out "What's Happening to Married Mothers in the Workforce?"  It's a critically important question for a lot of reasons. While fewer women choose to marry, more than three-quarters of us are mothers by the time we're in our 40s....more
DrSarah  are you in the UK then? more

Married Moms: Do You Work?

A Washington D.C. think tank is devoting some resources to find out "What's Happening to Married Mothers in the Workforce?"  It's a critically important question for a lot of reasons. While fewer women choose to marry, more than three-quarters of us are mothers by the time we're in our 40s....more
thanks so much for your stories and your comments and taking the time to write - I am very ... more

Married Moms: Do You Work?

A Washington D.C. think tank is devoting some resources to find out "What's Happening to Married Mothers in the Workforce?"  It's a critically important question for a lot of reasons. While fewer women choose to marry, more than three-quarters of us are mothers by the time we're in our 40s....more
camisa  Totally agree with you on the "individuality" argument Camisa - I think we are very ... more

Married Moms: Do You Work?

A Washington D.C. think tank is devoting some resources to find out "What's Happening to Married Mothers in the Workforce?"  It's a critically important question for a lot of reasons. While fewer women choose to marry, more than three-quarters of us are mothers by the time we're in our 40s....more
Rita, you are so right that it is egregious - why do you think the US is such an outlier on this ... more

Why Title IX is Not Just About Sports and I'm Sure Patsy Mink Would Agree

This summer, I joined other advocates and parents from across the nation at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, DC. Among the speakers were President and First Lady Obama, Vice President and Dr. Biden, and dozens of other government, policy, union, and business leaders, many of whom were also working parents....more
Having the law in place is significant.  Yet, unless women are aware of its protections, they ... more