The pandemic exposed our essential need for caregiving; ignoring or misrepresenting its lessons would be a grave mistake. We need inclusive family policies.
Family and Home Network has long advocated for policies that recognize and compensate unpaid caregiving. We have endorsed a Congressional bill that would relieve the financial stress on our nation's most vulnerable families - and increase parents' choices about how to provide care for their children. Easing the financial stress on families is a very powerful way to help parents and children!
With a focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic, trauma expert Dr. Bruce D. Perry has made a series of short (20 min) videos. He explains stress, distress and how the pattern of stress can determine whether stress is destructive (sensitizing) or positive (resilience building).
Robbyn Peters Bennett moderates a warm, supportive and informative conversation about parenting through these tough times.
Catherine Myers' responses to the 10/3/19 NYTimes article "Stay-at-Home Parents Work Hard. Should They Be Paid?" by Claire Cain Miller.
Who makes holidays happen at your house? Babies are not born with expectations about holidays—we have our own expectations and traditions (or habits) and continue them with our children.
In April 1984, the founders of Mothers at Home testified at a Congressional Hearing about what they were hearing from mothers: the call for family policies that offered true choices – not just more child care, but also more economic and social support for mothers who wanted to care for their children themselves.
A look back over three decades.... with volunteer energy, expertise and dedication, Family and Home Network has accomplished much over the years. Part #1 of a series about our history.
After time away from the organization due to our families' needs, Catherine Myers and the Board of Directors are happy to be returning to more activity.
I agree with Professor Zhou that the U.S. needs better family policies, but as I wrote in my letter to the editor: “her focus on promoting policies for mothers who pursue full-time careers leaves out mothers as well as fathers who make other choices."
When tragedy strikes, in addition to dealing with their own feelings, parents have to think about the impact on their children. Just as our children are growing and changing, our own understanding and coping skills develop and change.