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Sticks and Stones: Changing Our Culture of Teen Bullying

February 20, 2013

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As the mother of a seventh-grade girl, to say that I’m navigating through the treacherous waters of middle school, bullying, drama and various cyber-issues would be an understatement. Sometimes it feels like I have things under control, but I …

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“Whose Child Has to Die Next?”: Gun Control in America

January 9, 2013

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Roxanna Green’s daughter, Christina, died in the shooting rampage that wounded Congresswoman Gabby Giffords two years ago at a town hall style event in Tucson, Arizona. While Green wrote a book about her daughter, she tried to stay out of …

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TIME’s Person of the Year: Why Not Malala?

December 19, 2012

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Image via shesthefirst.org   President Barack Obama is TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Again. I don’t have anything against the President receiving the honor, but as I read the explanation for that choice, it occurred to …

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Lessons for My Daughter from Anne Hathaway

December 18, 2012

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Every now and then there are times when parenting, feminism and sexism collide.  When they do, you know I have to write about them! By now, you may have seen Matt Lauer’s interview with Anne Hathaway on the Today Show …

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The “Morning After” Pill: Coming Soon to a Teen Near You?

November 28, 2012

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The Plan B contraceptive pill should be made available to teen girls under 17. That’s the new advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics and I agree wholeheartedly.   As far as I’m concerned, Plan B, otherwise known as “the morning …

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Mom Guilt 3.0: Just in Time for the Holidays!

November 26, 2012

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As our seventh-grade daughter is on the verge of becoming an official teenager, I have learned that: (1) I am the bane of her existence, (2) I am irrelevant (unless there is a request for a sleepover or a …

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Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America

October 26, 2012

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Women are the ones candidates want. More precisely, mothers are the swing voters that presidential candidates try to woo every four years. Political wonks always come up with a clever new name for us each election cycle — we’ve been …

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Dating Violence: Apparently It’s Not Too Early to Have That Talk

October 24, 2012

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Did anyone have a dating “talk” with you when you were a kid? I don’t mean “THE” talk; I mean a chat about things like how you should expect to be treated on a date — what is and isn’t …

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Delegate Moms: Where’s the Child Care?

August 28, 2012

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  As increasing numbers of women who have young children become involved in the political process, the issue of child care gets more attention. That’s good as far as it goes. But with the GOP Convention going on in Tampa …

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Going to Charlotte!

August 27, 2012

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  Guess who’s going to the Democratic National Convention? Yup! I’m super-excited that I’m going to be headed to Charlotte to experience my second presidential convention and my first one with the Democrats. (I covered a Republican Convention back in …

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“#Allhaving” – The New Work/Life Balance Discussion?

July 3, 2012

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The work/life “balance conundrum is always a topic that’s ripe for discussion because there will never be a day when parents in general, and mothers in particular, don’t beat themselves up for the choices we all have to make.  Finding …

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Pixar’s “Brave”: Why are We Forgetting Mulan?

June 26, 2012

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Princess Merida in Disney/Pixar’s new movie Brave is a strong girl. She has brains. She’s headstrong. She knows her own mind. She is physically strong. She’s an accomplished equestrian. She doesn’t want an arranged marriage. She’s smarter than the guys …

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