If your mother kept a job (or three) while she raised you, she deserves a heck of a Mother's Day present this year. A new study from the personal finance site WalletHub says Missouri is the ninth-worst state in America for working mothers, according to metrics including day care quality, gender pay ... More >>
Jordan Ward Finder admits she's no expert on birth control. The 20-year-old mother of two was jettisoned to fame on 16 and Pregnant, the popular MTV show about teen moms in their last weeks of pregnancy and first weeks of parenthood. One episode follows Finder, who grew up in south county and drop ... More >>
A bill before the Missouri General Assembly this legislative session would protect nursing mothers, forbidding restrictions on breast-feeding in public and excusing mothers with a doctor's note from serving on juries. But one word in the bill is making nursing mothers nervous. The bill requires "di ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I ALLOW MY 8-YEAR OLD TO DRINK ALCOHOL I hosted dinner at my house to celebrate my 8-year old son's first place finish ... More >>
Here's a health-related bill from a Republican lawmaker in Missouri that just perhaps may not face intense backlash from women's rights groups across the state and country. It's State Senator Rob Schaaf's breast-feeding bill -- a proposal to give women better protections to nurse in public. "It's ... More >>
Okay. So perhaps it didn't generate as much buzz as that Time cover a few months ago, still August 5 was a big deal for breastfeeding. Women across 23 countries and 626 cities gathered at 10:30 a.m. in their local times zones to "simultaneously" breastfeed their children.[View video below.]St. Louis ... More >>
The St. Louis Department of Health is proudly touting its steady decrease in teen pregnancies, a trend that mirrors the national decrease in teen pregnancies since 1991. In fact, the national rate of teen pregnancies dropped 44 percent in the past 20 years. Locally, that drop reflects a change from ... More >>
March is not just a time for tournaments and brackets of all kinds -- it's also Women's History Month. This weekend Tapestry of Community Offerings (TOCO), a nonprofit in Belleville, will be holding its eighth annual Herstory Weekend at the Ground Floor Club. Which, as it happens, has less to do wit ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
Wikimedia CommonsThis child isn't sprinting, blocking the door or discussing umbilical stumps. Yesterday we mentioned how the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program is getting healthier kids meals into restaurants, which might lead to more families dining out. Which is great ... More >>
Image viaHi!You don't know me, but we ate lunch at the same restaurant today. You seemed like very nice people, and your baby sure is adorable! I think she even smiled at me when I sat nearby.Did you enjoy your meal? I certainly enjoyed mine -- until, that is, you picked up your baby from her ... More >>
In yesterday's edition of the New York Times, columnists fittingly opined on dear old Mom. And Stephanie Coontz's contribution to the mom-centric page, "When We Hated Mom," starts off with a slap at St. Louis author Suzanne Venker's latest book, "The Flipside of Feminism."Venker's book, co-writte ... More >>
Kholood EidThis week our feature story tells the tale of Mike and Madeline Green, a father-daughter duo hailed as two of the toughest fighters in the city. Once an untamed street brawler, Mike Green turned his life around through fatherhood -- and in the process raised the best MMA prospect i ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsKeep the bowl-head at home, Junior.There was a time when all restaurants were family restaurants. Pubs were gathering place for all ages and babysitters weren't even invented. Restaurants weren't places to escape the daily grind; they were places to eat and socialize. But so ... More >>
In the 2010 legislative session, Missouri, along with several other states, passed new laws placing major barriers between women and their Constitutional right to obtain abortions. The Center for Reproductive Rights, a New York-based pro-choice legal advocacy group, Tuesday released a report on t ... More >>
Pop quiz: What do Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana and Wyoming all have in common? According to a new report by Save the Children, kids in all these states are probably out of luck in case of an emergency.
Bill would send $38.7 million in federal funds down the crapper.A budget bill making its way through Jefferson City could have a devastating impact on child care in Missouri. Legislators in the Missouri House are looking to balance a projected $500-million budget gap for fiscal 2011. In so ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/florgAt least, that's what we're hearing from the Save the Children organization. Today the agency sent out a fear-mongering alarming notice (attached at the end of this post) stating that Missouri is "unprepared to protect children from disasters." According to Save the Children, ... More >>
A former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush has floated the name of -- nay, endorsed -- Missouri's freshman senator for the soon-to-be-open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Writing in her blog on U.S. News & World Report, Mary Kate Cary says three liberals with degrees in law and working motherhoo ... More >>
Parenting hits the stage
If your kids can't behave in public -- and you don't feel the need to discipline them for such misbehavior -- don't bring them to a restaurant. -Ian Froeb
Ash Wednesday (XL/Beggars)
stlworkingmom.com "STL Working Mom" Author: Marijean Jaggers About the blogger: I lived and worked in St. Louis for 18 years then, suddenly, moved to Charlottesville, Va. at the end of 2005. I've kept my job in St. Louis and am still the STL Working Mom, traveling back for work and keeping my he ... More >>
Boo the Clown helps Unreal overcome our fear of clownkind, and La Leche League puts it all out there during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week. Plus -- want to see a truly blushing bride? Take away her dress.
Week of November 3, 2004
South City YMCA
Clayton Child Center
In response to growing demand, the number of daycare facilities in Missouri is increasing each year. So are the problems.
Under mounting pressure, a local nonprofit agency finally agrees to give up its contract to provide Head Start services to 2,500 preschoolers
Thousands of St. Louis children are stuck for years in foster care before they get permanent homes.
The feds are demanding the wait be shorter. But for the city, that's easier said than done.
Breast-feeding is better for babies, better for mothers, better for society -- so why is the practice shrouded in shame?
Planned Parenthood seeks to require Missouri's health-insurance industry to get consistent and provide coverage for birth control