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White House Summit on Working Families: A first step in the right direction

by Ailen Arreaza & Bethany Robertson This past Monday, the White House held a Summit on Working Families to discuss issues ranging from paid maternity leave to work flexibility to childcare. The United States is far behind every other industrialized nation when it comes to issues of work-life balance and we are one of only three other countries in the …

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This Father’s Day, celebrating dads as equal partners

by Bethany Robertson This Father’s Day weekend, I can’t help but celebrate the shift over the past few years in how dads are portrayed in pop culture. It was just 2012 when Huggies released an ad showing dads as incompetent caregivers; it was pulled shortly after it was released when dads struck back with a petition charging “We’re Dads, Huggies. …

Walking the path together

Walking the path together

by Heather Arnold Renicker When ParentsTogether recently surveyed parents about how they’d like to connect with other moms or dads, I wasn’t surprised to hear that parents are looking for ways to meet others who share their family’s experiences. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than connecting with another parent who has walked a similar path as your own. For my family, …

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A better way to appreciate teachers

By Ailen Arreaza Last Friday, I helped lead my son’s kindergarten class while his teacher and teacher assistant took a couple of hours off to enjoy an appreciation luncheon. It was the last activity our PTA planned for Teacher Appreciation Week, which included decorating the halls with notes about our teachers’ superpowers, bringing in sweets for the staff, and sending …

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Dear America: What Mom Really Needs This Mother’s Day

By Bethany Robertson Dear America- With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I know you’ve been scrambling to figure out what to get me. This year, I wanted to make it easy for you and let you know what I’d love more than anything else: Paid parental leave. I know, I know—you did get me that great Family Medical Leave …

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What does it mean to “parent together”?

By Bethany Robertson My three-year-old son is an only child, but if you ask him, he’ll tell you that he has a sister. A few months before Zachary was born, my partner and I recruited some friends to move into our apartment building with their daughter, Julia. Little did I know, this was one of the best moves I would …