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More moms staying home

A recent finding of the PEW Research Center tells us more mothers are staying home with their children than did at the turn of the century – the last turn of the century – 1999.

In 1999, 23 percent stayed home while in 2012, 29 percent reported being at home.

Interestingly, many Americans - 60 percent -believe children are better off when a parent stays home.

Many factors contribute to a family’s decision to stay home or work: financial necessity, desire to contribute to society through work – and a desire to contribute to society by staying close to home and being a stay-at-home mom.


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Washington House approves bill making breastfeeding in public a civil right…

Washington’s state House of Representatives today approved House Bill 1596, which would declare that a mother’s right to breastfeed in public places is a civil right protected by the state’s anti-discrimination law.

Mothers would be free to breastfeed in any public place, including restaurants, stores, malls, parks, libraries and government offices.

There is already a law on the books protecting the mothers from being charged with indecent exposure. HB 1596 would allow anyone discriminated against to file a complaint with the state’s Human Rights Commission.

“I really think that we will jumpstart a culture change,” said prime sponsor Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood. She said she hopes people see breastfeeding as healthy and natural, not as anything sexual.

“A mom should really feel as comfortable sitting down to breastfeed as she would sitting down and pulling a bottle out of her diaper bag,” said Green.

Study after study has demonstrated the benefits to babies and mothers of breastfeeding, said Rep. Mike Armstrong, R-Wenatchee.

The bill passed unanimously.

“Unfortunately, we have to legislate common sense,” said Armstrong.