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Wisdom from DC Mom of the Year

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Home & FamilyWhen Louise Battle’s husband died, their son was 7 and their daughter, 12. The grief was deep, but through her leadership and abiding faith, her family has not only maintained, but soared. Twenty-four years later, Dr. Battle, an ordained elder at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., is witnessing the fruit of her faith and diligence as she was named the D.C. region 2014 “State Mother of the Year” by American Mothers Inc., a D.C.-based national organization that …

‘Ban Bossy!’ Say Sheryl Sandberg, Beyoncé and More

Posted on 03/10/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeIf you’ve got a young girl in your life — a daughter, a niece, a granddaughter, a young friend — here’s a campaign you definitely should know about:  Ban Bossy. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best-selling book Lean In, has joined forces with a group of high powered women — including former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, CEO of the Girl Scouts Anna Maria Chávez,  and a host of celebrity spokespeople — to launch a public service campaign …

50+ Mommy Chronicles: Deliriously Happy, and Doubt-Filled

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyShould I Still Have Mixed Emotions Five Years In? I was of sound mind and body when we adopted Johannah, now 5. I’d just turned 51 and my husband, 57. We were late bloomers, marrying four years earlier—a first marriage for both of us. We wanted a family, but the doctors said my eggs were done. Multiple attempts at IVF failed. So we considered the options and decided to pursue a domestic adoption. I reluctantly dyed my hair (to appeal …

50+ Mommy Chronicles: Not From the Lens of My Upbringing

Posted on 04/25/2013 by |Vice President, Media Operations Support | Comments

Home & FamilyThree years into mommy-hood and each day I am learning more about myself. My own childhood upbringing certainly influenced me early on in the way I parented my 10-year old daughter, adopted from foster care. The reality is her childhood experiences are very different from mine. I had a solid family upbringing, raised as the eldest of three in a two parent family. My parents were supportive and encouraged me in all of my interests. Both working parents, my mom …

HBO’s Girls: The Millennial Dating Scene

Posted on 01/14/2013 by |General News | Comments

Your LifeThe Sunday Styles section of yesterday’s New York Times featured an article entitled, “The End of Courtship,” about the complicated dating scene that millennials are navigating as they struggle to find a romantic partner. Last night’s first episode of the second season of Girls touched on much the same theme.  Both left me wondering how much different dating really is today from when we were that age. Ever since it debuted last year, I’ve been a huge fan of the HBO …

Jeanne Manford: She Raised the Flag for Tolerance

Posted on 01/10/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBack in the early 1970s, when being gay was still widely considered both a mental illness and a crime, Jeanne Manford got a phone call late one night in Queens, N.Y. It was a police officer, who informed her that her son Morty, a student at Columbia University, had been arrested. “And you know,” the officer told her in an ominous tone, “he’s homosexual.” The response from Manford, a normally soft-spoken schoolteacher, was blunt. “I know that,” she said. “Why …