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Honey Maid Gives Beautiful Response to Bigotry

Graham cracker brand Honey Maid released a commercial this March emphasizing all kinds of families, including a gay couple and an interracial couple. The reactions to this commercial were disappointing at best, but Honey Maid’s response to those bigoted reactions is inspiring—and, truly, wholesome. [via Bilerico]

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Successful Home Visit Program for Mothers and Infants Lacks Long-Term Funding

(left to right) Chrystal Towne, RN; her former client, Sheren Sucilla, and Darcy Lowell, MD, testify on the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant and EArly Childhood Home Visiting Program in the hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee.

A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.

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Revised Child-Care Block Grant Program Passes Senate

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

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Study: Other Factors May Be Responsible for the Health Benefits Ascribed to Breastfeeding

A new study suggests that other characteristics of the women and families who breastfeed may be responsible for improving their infants’ health—not just the act of nursing or breast milk itself.

A new study suggests that other characteristics of the women and families who breastfeed may be responsible for improving their infants’ health—not just the act of nursing or breast milk itself.

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‘His Adopted Daughter': How the Media Tells Dylan Farrow’s Story

There's a tendency in our society to think of relationships formed by adoption as somehow less real than those rooted in biology. This may explain why so much of the discussion of Farrow's story of abuse has focused on her status as an adopted person.

There’s a tendency in our society to think of relationships formed by adoption as somehow less real than those rooted in biology. This may explain why so much of the discussion of Farrow’s story of abuse has focused on her status as an adopted person.

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Marital Status Doesn’t Cause Poverty—Not Having Money Does

Poverty is caused by not having enough money. This should be obvious, but clearly it needs to be said more often.

Conservatives have been turning up the volume on the irrational, unevidenced claim that poverty is caused by not being married. In reality, poverty is caused by not having enough money. This should be obvious, but it clearly needs to be said more often.

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Why the ‘Good Mother’ Myth Has Got to Go: A Q&A With Avital Norman Nathman

The "good mother" myth is an amalgamation of all the supposed good or "right" things a mother should be.

RH Reality Check recently spoke with Avital Norman Nathman, editor of The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, about toxic ideas of perfection, parenting, and gender.

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FAMILY Act Would Guarantee Paid Family and Medical Leave for All Workers

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (at the podium) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (to her left) announcing the introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act Thursday.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Rosa DeLauro introduced new legislation Thursday to create a national family and medical leave insurance program.

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Encourage Breastfeeding, But Please, Don’t Make Women Feel Like Failures

A new program in the UK is making waves for offering financial incentives to women who breastfeed exclusively for six months. Do programs like this really encourage breastfeeding, or do they just end up making women who have trouble nursing feel like failures?

A new program in the UK is making waves for offering financial incentives to women who breastfeed exclusively for six months. Do programs like this really encourage breastfeeding, or do they just end up making women who have trouble nursing feel like failures?

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One NYC Family’s Struggle to Survive on a Fast Food Salary

Between food, housing, and baby supplies, Shenita Simon struggles each week to support her family of seven. The 25-year-old from New York makes $8 per hour and is one of the fast food workers nationwide advocating for higher wages. Hari Sreenivasan brings us Shenita’s story of surviving on a near-minimum wage salary. [via PBS NewsHour]

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