Rather than trying to convince people, especially women, to give birth in the socially-acceptable and medically-sanctioned 15-year window between college and age 35, why not change the way our society support families, so that whenever the moment for parenting arises, people have the support they need to do it successfully?
Meet Gloria Malone, the creator of Teen Mom NYC, a blog where she gives a personal account of her life as a former teen mom. Now a college student living in New York City with her 6-year-old daughter, Gloria provides helpful and accurate information for other teen moms while striving to connect them with local resources.
This evening, we received confirmation from the office of Children, Youth, and Families Department of New Mexico that Governor Martinez requested that the word “forcible” be removed from the proposed guidelines for childcare assistance. But many questions about the proposed policies remain.
Forcible rape is back in the news, this time in New Mexico, where the administration of Governor Susana Martinez is seeking a “forcible rape” test for women seeking childcare assistance, proving you don’t have to be male to be a misogynist.
Via TIME: “In some families mother and daughter share everything. For the stars of My Teen Is Pregnant And So Am I, that includes morning sickness.The one-hour TLC special, which premiered last week, follows two mother-daughter duos from pregnancy to childbirth. It’s the latest addition to the teen pregnancy reality genre.”
Trends connecting income, education spending, and achievement send troubling signals about how economic class affects the educational achievement of children—and what it means for your child’s life if you simply can’t afford what the Joneses have.
Photos taken by an advocacy group of two women breastfeeding in uniform have set off another round of controversy about how and when women should feed their children. The military clarifies that they are not concerned about the breastfeeding, but that the photos may have violated a rule stating the uniform cannot be used to promote a product or cause. In fact the military encourages mothers to breastfeed.
What if all the grassroots groups who work with the families who are consistently pushed to the margins and thrown under the bus talked about their causes as if they were all connected? What if we worked as if we were facing the same stigma and hate? What if I, in my parenting, felt connected to immigrant mamas fighting to reclaim their community? What if I, in my resistance, understood deeply my relationship to mothers who lose their children to juvenile justice, foster care systems, and/or incarceration?
A part of keeping families safe and secure is making sure that in times of misfortune, children and their parents are able to communicate.
Sometimes I want to be “that mom.” Not the mom that wakes up and first thing disconnects a tube from her son’s belly that just administered medication. Sometimes I want to be the other mom, whose kid grows out of their shoes so fast she hears the cash register at Foot Locker ringing in her sleep.