Monday Morning Open Thread

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ICYMI: Images of children as young as infants in detention facilities in Texas have emerged. Because Congress has failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform and countries such as El Salvador and Honduras are plagued with breathtaking poverty and violence, the U.S. has a humanitarian crisis on its hands. As many as 90,000 unaccompanied children are in these detention facilities that the think tank Center for American Progress has released a fact sheet on the kids and the violence they are escaping in their home countries.

While MomsRising is not a direct aid organization, we are an advocacy group promoting certain policies and structural changes. We just went out to our members asking them to sign a pledge that will be delivered to Congress and the White House this Wednesday. We are asking for administrative relief from President Obama on deportations and for Congress to act on immigration reform. Can you please sign and share?

Many thanks all! What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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Here is some sensible advice at Los Tweens blog on how parents should deal with tween or teen anger.

And…today is Friday. Yes! Tonight a friend and I are attending an event at her gym: a half hour of cycling, half hour of hip hop dancing and half hour of yoga. The night will be topped off by wine and shopping. It doesn’t get better than that.

How are you today? What else is in the news?

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Thursday Open Thread

We’re leaving on a jet plane to North Carolina today! Visiting BIL and SIL. And with some luck, I will meet up with our NC Mom. Yay!

As an aside… if you were a grown ass 38-year-old woman, what would you wear to a Katy Perry concert? The goal is to look nice and appropriate, not boring, and NOT like a Real Housewife of _Insert City Here_.

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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Hump Day Open Thread

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Postpartum depression has been on my mind lately as we had a recent discussion on it in our MotherTalkers Facebook group. And while I was never diagnosed with PPD, I was diagnosed with PMDD — a pre-menstrual mood disorder that caused me to be angry, weepy for no reason, paranoid that I was “damaging” my babies, and overall hopeless, without fail, a week before my period. I still take Celexa for it. (Thank God!)

That said, PPD, PMDD and similar mood disorders are not uncommon in new moms, and the New York Times published two excellent articles on it here and here. I urge you to take a read and pass along to any struggling new moms!

How are you today? What else is in the news?

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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Who’s watching the World Cup? I watched four or five games since Friday and am enjoying it. Congratulations to Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, Switzerland, France, and Argentina.

I am looking forward to the U.S.-Ghana game, which is today at 3pm PT (if my math is correct!).

I’ve gotten into soccer since Ari started playing, and have learned so much. I found this piece by former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver to be funny, maddening…and just eye-opening. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I see who is watching the World Cup. Definitely check it out!

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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Sorry, had a brain fart today. Yesterday was the last day of school and today we have parent-teacher conferences.

Now that my kids are older — 10 years old and 7 years old — they are more independent. This is the first summer in 11 years that I am genuinely looking forward to. This morning I had my first real workout in a long time since I didn’t have to get up in the morning to wake the kids and drive them to school.

They have some camps lined up, but not having to worry about being on time, supervising homework or even extracurricular activities like soccer is a huge relief. Whew!

What are your summer plans?

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Thursday Open Thread

Today is DD’s last day of school. Third grade came and went, just like that. Sigh.

Do you have any big summer plans? We will be traveling to Raleigh next weekend; entertaining relatives who will visit from Connecticut in July; and hope to spend a weekend in Santa Cruz to close out the summer. Otherwise, lots of day camps for my endlessly energetic DD.

I also hope to read many books. I just finished The Fault In Our Stars and thought it was delightful and heartbreaking, all at once. Truly a book that will stay with me. Have you read the book/seen the movie? Do you want to? This young cancer survivor says it hits much too close to home.

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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Hump Day Open Thread

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Let’s talk sports. I have to say that watching Ari play soccer has made me love the sport. Because I am more familiar with the rules — I can’t say that I always understand why the referee is blowing the whistle — I am more inclined to watch it on TV.

In light of the World Cup, I enjoyed reading this New York Times piece about how the U.S. team is coached by a German who doesn’t think the U.S. could win for cultural reasons: the entitled attitude of the players and how the country loses its best players to other sports like lacrosse. It was fascinating, and made me inclined to keep watching soccer!

In education news: It’s appalling how expensive college has become even after taking into account inflation. It isn’t uncommon for young adults to graduate with $100,000 in debt for a bachelor’s degree, or in the case of a young woman I spotted off the freeway the other day, have to panhandle for school. Outrageous.

An amazing organizer that I know, Melissa Byrne, recently shared her story on how student loan debt has ruined her economic future. It’s worth a read and made me wonder: what can we do to make college affordable for everyone?

Oh, and by the way, major political news alert: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary bid. His opponent, Dave Brat, ran on an anti-immigration reform platform. I’m sad that the GOP probably won’t touch the issue, leaving millions of mixed-status families in limbo. OTOH, considering how important this issue is to Latino and Asian voters, the xenophobia in the long-run will not bode well for this party. Standing by and watching this train wreck in the making…

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