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It makes a parent proud
It makes a parent proud
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Those who follow me on twitter and some others there and Friday’s blogger know Shelly and I enjoyed a proud parent moment last week. Mid-morning Friday, our son texted “Tweeted out my new article.” I replied “I’ll look congrats” and opened twitter, search out my son’s account to find his article, which appeared in the prestigious journal, Demography. Jonathan, Senior Research Scientist at Guttmacher Institute, lead authored Does the Impact of Motherhood on Women's Employment and Wages Differ for Women Who Plan Their Transition Into Motherhood.

 

The authors found no existing “research that has analyzed whether planning status of first birth plays a role in employment and wage differences.”  The study examined the impact of the transition to motherhood “on women’s employment and wages according to whether their first birth was planned or unplanned.” It looked at employment, hours, and wages for women who planned their first birth compared those factors with women who did not.  Some interesting findings. First off, that women who planned first pregnancies generally experience adverse impacts on future employment and wages. Yet, since more well-off women plan pregnancies, those outcomes do not exacerbate inequality within women.  Thus, it points to a need for societal and employer policies that reduce work-parenthood conflicts for less well-to-do women and households where both parents need to work.

 

Though not a point of the research I always found parental involvement a factor in the success of public schools; I also noticed less successful public schools in communities where both parents needed to work (even where two working parents households contributed to an otherwise middle class lifestyle).  My “take away” is the study provides support for public and employer policies that help working parents: supporting family leave, paid sick leave, full-day kindergarten, pre-k, 3-k and daycare and facilitate parental involvement in schooling. Certainly, a discussion needs to be had.

 

The time has come to really care, so sings Poco in Paul Cotton's Faith in the Families.

 

As someone who focuses on public policy in his own practice and focused on developing and implementing during my career in government, it makes me proud to observe a child making an impact with his own work.

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  •  Fred wrote 25 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Pride is so nice! For once, a Proud Boy I can relate to :)
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 25 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Interesting article and congratulations to Jonathan. Proud dad for sure.
     
       
     
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  •  VincentChirico wrote 25 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Very timely study - very impressed!
     
       
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 25 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Thank you for sharing- it's nice that you are proud and willing to share the joy with us. It's also nice to know that this important work is being done. Mazel Tov to you and to Jonathan.
     
       
     
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  •  MitchTobol wrote 25 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Great work!
     
       
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 25 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    That's a really interesting topic. You have the right to be proud.
     
       
     
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  •  Odey_Raviv wrote 25 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Something to be very proud about.
    The research is so spot on and hope it leads to more acceptance of the necessities that you cited. All kids and their families must be provided with an environment that will enable them to reach their potentials.
     
       
     
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  •  Phyllis_Dubrow wrote 25 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I Googled "Jonathan Bearak" and found that this latest publication is just the latest publication. Many, many others, and many awards and other honors. Congratulations Corey, Shelley -- and Jonathan!
     
       
     
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  •  Nancy_Schess wrote 24 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Congratulations Corey and Shelley! So much to be proud of!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Flo_Feinberg wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It is said that you reap what you sow… bask in the glow of the great job you and Shelley have done. Congratulations to Jonathan and proud family!
     
       
     
     
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