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A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Living the dream at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum #PghKids

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.  I have written recently about the progress this country has to make on its journey towards equality. We have to ensure that every citizen can walk the street with the assurance that neither their appearance nor their skin color will invite their murder in cold blood. We have to work hard to ensure that every child goes to bed in a safe neighborhood and has had enough to eat. We have to create policies that ensure that mothers do not have to choose between keeping their jobs and their own health or the health of their babies immediately after having children. We have not overcome, but we have made real progress Indeed, our nation has great strides to make. Unfortunately, like Dr. King said over fifty years ago, “the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the man

The Joy of Holidays as a Working Mom (#MLKDay)

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Toddler being silly on MLK Day One of my favorite parts of being a working mom are paid holidays! In some ways, holidays are actually an even better benefit than “Paid Time Off” because holidays are days when the company is closed, or at least its corporate offices.   That means that your colleagues are not filling your email inbox with projects for you to do while you are enjoying a day off. In a word, a holiday is a true break. In that regard, I am jealous of my mommy friends who work at banks or for the federal government where they get 11-12 paid holidays a year. That means that they get more breaks from work, without penalty or permission.   I think that means that they are more organized and less stressed. My company has a more conservative view of paid holidays. We get 7 holidays. That means we get one work week less than my federal and banking mommy friends.   I wonder how that translates into job satisfaction??? Maximizing holidays is one of the secrets to

Family Tips: Free Family Fun for MLK Day (Monday, January 21st)

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  Tomorrow is MLK Day , the day that America devotes to celebrating the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. According to Wikipedia , " Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman , activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement . He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience .King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism " The truth is he was that and so much more. Every American owes Dr. King a debt of gratitude. Because of his dream and his efforts, America finally began to live up to its creed that, " all men are created equal ". Live Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream on MLK Day! Dr. King had a dream that, " little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." Live the dream by taking your kids t

Friday Tips: Free Family Fun for MLK Day (Monday, January 16th)

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I have a dream that the moms who follow me in Pittsburgh have as much free fun as possible with their children. To that end, there are some free events in my neck of the woods to celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I would like to share with you. • The Pittsburgh Children's Museum : If you are a mom in Pittsburgh I am sure that you have discovered the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, one of our greatest local kid-friendly resources. It has three floors of hands-on exhibits that are super fun for big kids and for babies! Even though the babies can’t participate in the exhibits mine loved the lights, the sounds, and all of the colors. She was also particularly interested in all of the “little people” running around having fun. It is located on Pittsburgh’s North Side in an elegant, old Victorian Post Office. This weekend and on Monday, the National Holiday celebrating Dr. King, they are hosting the events listed below. Sat. Jan. 14: Hill Dance Academy Theatr

I've been too tough on Tavis Smiley...

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I have been familiar with Tavis Smiley since his days on BET . I have criticized his presentation style and ridiculed his judgmental stance on Barack Obama . I still believe that his criticism of Obama for not participating in his " State of the Black Union " convention has been unduly harsh. However, I now believe that Tavis is doing important work. The title of his event describes its purpose. And by having a yearly event that focuses on Black issues Tavis is ensuring that the plight of Black people and issues that are relevant to Black families remain in the public consciousness. By having a forum that presents the views of influential Black leaders he ensures that Black folk like me who are fairly comfortable do not forget that our struggle is not complete until everyone who looks like us has an equal opportunity . The event reminds us as Hilary Clinton said at the event that "The state of the American union is not strong until the state of Black Americ