Monthly Archives: June 2017

Four Factors That Help Women Leave Abusive Relationships

by Jason Whiting, @JASON_WHITING Being mistreated by the person you love—especially when physical abuse is involved—is one of the most frightening and traumatic experiences a woman can face, and it is hard to know what to do when it happens. A woman who is a victim of violence faces a particularly complicated dilemma. Should she stay or go? Although this may seem to be an easy choice, as I discussed in my last post, there are many issues that can make it difficult for a victim of domestic violence to leave. For instance, victimized women often love and feel committed to…

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The Value of Shared Parenting for Children of All Ages

by Richard Warshak, @RICHARDWARSHAK A recent international conference made one thing clear: the evidence is overwhelming that shared parenting, in general, and for most children, is superior to sole physical custody arrangements after parents separate. That was the consensus of 111 social science researchers and practitioners, who reached this conclusion in 2014, and the most recent research supports their conclusion. What does this mean for family law? A very large international group of highly accomplished and prominent experts who reviewed the literature believe that science supports custody policy favoring shared parenting for children whose parents separate. This does not mean that…

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1 in 4 Filipino pregnant mothers is nutritionally at risk – FNRI survey reveals

 April 11, 2016 Philippine Information Agency MANILA, Apr. 11 (PIA) – A healthy pregnancy results to a healthy baby. Good nutrition during pregnancy and the window of opportunity for preventing child undernutrition from conception to two years are the focus of much attention and awareness recently. The 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that about 1 in 4 pregnant mothers or 24.8% are nutritionally-at-risk. Of these, 37.2% teen mothers below 20 years old are at highest risk. The survey also revealed that pregnant mothers are…

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Filipino Families Struggle With Motherhood Exodus

By: Iris C. Gonzales March 17, 2015                                                                                Credit: Photo by Iris Gonzales                                               Jimmy Gamad; his wife works as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia MANILA, Philippines (WOMENSENEWS)– Maria Juliana, 4 years old, is crying and whining; her nose is now runny and her voice hoarse. It is 7 in the evening and she hasn’t had dinner. There’s no food on the table yet. She is tired, hungry and fussy now. And she is calling out to her father. But 52-year-old Edgardo Agido is checking on Maria’s sister, 7-year-old Samantha Nicole, who is still out playing hide and seek with the…

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For Filipina OFWs, Missing Childhoods

  Published on June 27, 2015 By Ana P. Santos Loraine has left her daughter, Mai-Mai, in the care of her aunt and uncle. Mai-Mai thinks of them as her parents and Loraine as her big sister.   Image by Jo Kearney. U.A.E., 2014. At the park inside the gated community lined with sprawling villas, a group of small children gathered around for cake and ice cream. In as much unison as could be expected of toddlers and young children, they cheerfully sang, “Happy birthday!” to Mai-Mai who is turning seven years old. None of the children had ever met Mai-Mai,…

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Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?

By Ana P Santos When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again. When Filipino women leave their families to find work abroad, they view migration as a necessary sacrifice to obtain the two things that will secure a future for their children: a home and an education. But for the some 96,000 women who left the Philippines in 2010 to work as domestic workers, this simple aspiration comes at a cost that cannot be translated into monetary terms. A mother’s presence…

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Married Parents: One Way to Reduce Child Poverty

by W. Bradford Wilcox, @WILCOXNMP On June 20, IFS senior fellow W. Bradford Wilcox testified before the “Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years,” an ad-hoc committee of experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study child poverty in the United States. Below is an edited version of his testimony. Many factors influence the persistence of comparatively high levels of child poverty in the United States—from relatively low spending on government transfers1 to declines in real wages for men without college degrees.2 But we…

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How Technology Makes Parenting Easier

by Ashley McGuire Upon reading about “rent-a-mom” Nina Keneally, the New York City woman who recently launched a company through which she charges hourly for mothering services, I wondered if technology and the internet had brought about new lows for humanity. While I am certainly among Keneally’s target market—a dislocated millennial trying to make it all work in a big city—I’d still like to think that there are certain things for which there can never be an app or a by-the-hour service. Mothering ought to be in that category. And yet it’s only a matter of time before there is…

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The Confidence of Millennial Moms

by Ashley McGuire Millennial mothers are the most confident parents in America. A new, extensive survey on trends in parenting and family life released this month by Pew Research Center found that of mothers and fathers from three different generations, Millennial moms gave themselves the highest marks. The confidence spread between Millennial and Gen X moms was nearly 10 points; the spread closes in on 20 points between Millennials and Boomers. Even within the Millennial cohort, mothers are 14 percentage points more likely than fathers to say they are “doing a very good job as a parent.” A full 57 percent of mothers…

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Workplace Flexibility for Moms and the Gender Gap

by Ashley McGuire In a recent profile of Werk, a new company that negotiates flexibility for employees, The New York Times tackled the ever-elusive gender gap. The Times asked, “why women are paid less, why they’re less likely to reach the top levels of companies, and why they’re more likely to stop working after having children”—questions at the root of much debate and controversy. In this piece, the Times chalked it up to “employers’ expectation that people spend long hours at their desks.” The article continues, “It’s especially difficult for women because they have disproportionate responsibility for caregiving.” I would put it differently and call it, instead, women’s disproportionate preference for…

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The Brain Boosting Power of Motherhood

by Ashley McGuire Do pregnancy and motherhood make you smarter? The most likely answer to this question that one would get from conducting an informal poll in the streets or browsing through the Internet would be “no.” Most people would probably say that becoming a mom just makes you tired and forgetful. Phrases like “pregnancy brain,” “mommy brain,” and “momnesia” have become a part of our modern lexicon when talking about the effects of childbearing on a mom’s mind. But science offers a different story. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a newly published study from the Netherlands found that pregnancy…

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Why are some mothers so viciously cruel to their daughters? Drawing on her own childhood – and haunting stories from Mail readers – a Cambridge psychologist answers the question that’s devastated so many lives

Dr Terri Apter never felt she successfully managed to please her mother, leaving her with low self-esteem Following writer Angela Levin’s article about her mother’s cruelty, scores of readers wrote to the Mail about their toxic relationships with their mothers Many of them were the children of mothers who really didn’t see themselves as having a choice in the matter  In her book, Dr Apter has identified five types of difficult mother: controlling, angry, narcissistic, envious and emotionally unavailable   By Dr Terri Apter For The Daily Mail Published: 22:03 BST, 29 March 2017 From the petulant stamp of her foot…

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Does Motherhood Squash Career Ambition? A New Survey Says No

Madeline Farber May 12, 2017 http://fortune.com About half of women say it’s harder to advance their career after becoming a mother. But that’s not stopping the women surveyed by the professional services firm Accenture from pursuing their career goals. According to Accenture, mothers who return to work after having a child are just as likely to aspire to a senior leadership position as their female colleagues without children (70% and 67%). In addition, working moms are 2.5 times more likely to change jobs for a promotion or for higher pay than those without children. The findings comes from the firm’s…

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10 Tips for Parenting Your Pre-teen

  WebMD Feature from Child Mind Institute By Juliann Garey Originally published on February 29, 2016 It’s typically between the ages of nine and twelve that our cute, cuddly little children, once so willing to climb into our laps and share their secrets, suddenly want little or nothing to do with us. Your pre-adolescent is not the same person he was just a year or two ago. He has changed—physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. He’s developing new independence and may even want to see how far he can push limits set by parents. What he may not know is that…

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Pope Francis encourages moms to ‘breastfeed without fear’ while inside the church

The Holy Pontiff reassured moms at a recent baptism service at the Sistine chapel to feel free to breastfeed within the church’s walls Society has differing opinions when it comes to “appropriate” time and places to breastfeed. While many moms have been shamed for breastfeeding in public, there are those who encourage moms to nurse their babies when and where they see fit. Pope Francis is part of this support group. photo: dreamstime As worshippers gathered for an special annual baptism service at the Sistine Chapel, the Holy Pontiff made his stance on the issue clear. “The ceremony is a little…

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Three Trailblazing Career Women Inspired Me to be a Stay-at-Home Mom

by Shannon Evans I am proud to come from a line of strong, hardworking, and independent women. My paternal grandmother worked for 40 years in a textile factory, rising at 5 a.m. nearly every morning of her adult life. I have vivid memories of hearing her in the kitchen before work as I slept on the pull-out couch over the holidays. My maternal grandmother worked as an office manager, a pioneering position for women in the workforce at the time and place where she lived. I have many fond childhood memories of visiting her at the office, full of curiosity…

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Many Women Want Careers That Are Compatible with Raising Children

by Naomi Schaefer Riley, @NAOMISRILEY   Becoming a parent doesn’t make every mother want to stay at home (and it doesn’t make every parent want to run off to an office, either). More often, it simply changes the way we see work and the calculations we make about it. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, actress Alexis Bledel explained that after she and her husband, former “Man Men” star Vincent Kartheiser, had a child in 2015, she started to think differently about her career. “More than anything, I just think about what roles I take on, and make sure…

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Solo Parents’ Welfare Act and Work Benefits to Solo-Parent Employees

Opinion By Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan September 13, 2015 Solo parents are those who are left alone with the responsibility of rearing their children regardless of marital status, and based on National Statistics Office (NSO) data, there are about 14 million solo parents in the Philippines. The increasing number of solo parents has led the national government to pass Republic Act 8972, or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000, which was promulgated on November 7, 2000. While being a solo parent can be difficult, the passage of RA 8972 has somehow made it rewarding. RA 8972 was enacted to provide…

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Fun Facts About Moms

        By Lisa Smith May 4, 2016 Motherhood is amazing, challenging, beautiful, inspiring, difficult and… hilarious. Take a look at the cutest and funniest thing you may see leading up to this Mother’s Day. The Glamour of Motherhood… or Not Many mothers are amazing. We all know that. They are the source of life for every human being that has ever walked our planet. But I bet you didn’t know: There are an estimated 85.4 million mothers in the United States. Americans spend $14.6 billion on gifts on Mother’s Day, including $671 million on cards and $1.9…

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Women’s Expectations About Unplanned Births

by Anna Sutherland, @ANNAMS59   According to a recent survey, more than six in ten 18- to 44-year-old mothers in the U.S. report that one or more of their births was unplanned. It may seem strange to mention this fact so soon after a national holiday honoring moms, as unintended pregnancies are seldom cause for celebration. Yet American women who have experienced an unintended birth are more likely to report that having a child unexpectedly had mostly neutral or no effects on important areas of their lives than to report mostly negative impacts. These findings come from a recent Urban…

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Marriage, Parenthood, and Millennial Success

by Alysse ElHage, @ALYSSEELHAGE   Millennials are taking longer than previous generations to reach two traditional milestones of adulthood: marriage and parenthood. Not only are young adults delaying marriage longer, but they are more likely to cohabit and have children outside of marriage, often in cohabiting unions. And as Pew reported a few years ago, Millennials are less likely than older generations to connect marriage to parenthood, particularly when it comes to child well-being. But how does the order of marriage and parenthood in Millennials’ lives—or whether young adults marry before having children or have children before marriage—affect their future financial…

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BOY ABUNDA conquers Singapore, gets standing ovation at the Asia Professional Speakers Convention!

From Boy Abunda Official   “More than 150 professional speakers had gathered for a conference in Singapore to learn from each other and to become better as speakers. Normally speakers get paid to speak at conferences, but this time they paid to sit in the audience to listen to world class experts share their knowledge on speaking, marketing, social media, branding, online-learning and many, many other topics that were relevant to the profession of professional speaking.   Dr. Boy Abunda was there to talk about how to be a star. As a big TV-star, celebrity and owner of a talent…

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Technoference in Parenting: Is Your Mobile Device Distracting You From Your Child?

by Brandon McDaniel, @BTMCDANIEL.COM Have you ever taken your child to the park and looked at the parents around you? What do you see? If you’ve managed to look up from your own device, you’ve probably seen a lot of parents looking down at their devices. Indeed, observational research has found that 35 percent of parents spend about 1 in every 5 minutes of their time (or even more) on their phone while at the playground with their child.1 But really, what is the harm in that? I mean, the kids are safe and busy playing, right? Keep reading. Now,…

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Young Women Who Prioritize Family Over Career Deserve Respect

by Nora Sullivan In a recent study, economists Leonardo Bursztyn, Thomas Fujiwara, and Amanda Pallais posed an interesting question: “Do single women avoid career-enhancing actions because the actions signal undesirable traits, like ambition, to the marriage market?” The researchers were interested in examining how ambitious young women deal with the “trade-off” of career and marriage: the trade-off being that certain actions and traits could be an asset to a woman’s career and help her towards professional success, while at the same time could potentially hurt her chances in the marriage market. There is some evidence to support this position. A…

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Maraming Salamat, Nanay!

Thank you very much for joining us in our Mother’s Day campaign for the month of May. Thank you for being with us in making our nanays proud. 💚💚💚 #MothersDay2017 #MothersMonth2017 #HappyMothersDay #HappyNanayDay #HappyNanayMonth #SaluteToMothers #SaludoSaMgaNanay #MabuhayNanay #DakilaKaNanay #ThankYouNanay #ThankYouMother #MYNP #MakeYourNanayProud

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