Family Policy

Our Policies Are Failing Working Mothers Share This

Kelly Nicole | Jul 21, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

When I was in my 20s, I was confident I’d be a stay-at-home parent if I had children—I simply didn’t give the alternatives much thought. But sometimes life goes in different ways than you expect. I got married in November 2019 at age 33. Three months later, in February 2020, we had a surprise positive […]

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“Family Policy” Should Include Caring for Maternal Health Share This

Bianca Labrador | Jun 29, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

Lots of people have been talking about “family policy.” Let’s not forget that family policy starts with mothers. More than half of new mothers experience the “baby blues,” but for some, it becomes even more serious. I know firsthand. In 2014, I had my first daughter. I managed to stay upbeat, though worn out from […]

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A Canadian Warning on Universal Child Care Share This

Patrick T. Brown | May 07, 2021 | child care

Any discussion of the effects of government-subsidized day care for children inevitably turns to Canada. In 1997, the province of Quebec introduced a universal child care program, offering parents a child care spot for five (Canadian) dollars per day (now Can$8.50). Heralded by some as a success – it brought an estimated 69,700 moms into […]

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Honoring Motherhood with Paid Leave Share This

Amber Lapp | May 07, 2021 | Family Policy

Since Abigail Tucker’s book, Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct, was released a few days ago, I’ve been listening to the audiobook whenever I get a spare minute—while doing dishes, folding laundry, waiting in the school pickup carline, rocking the baby to sleep. My nine- and seven-year-old sons were fascinated […]

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A Warning From the UK: Don’t Let Government Take Over Child Care Share This

Ryan Bourne | May 05, 2021 | Family Policy

Libertarians and American Compass-types disagree on plenty. But here’s something that should unite us: the desirability of having families, rather than the federal government, decide which care settings are best for young children. While all parents have strong opinions on this question, a confident, pluralistic society should allow a thousand child-care flowers to bloom, meeting […]

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Should a Child Benefit Be Based on Marital and Employment Status? Share This

Amber Lapp | May 04, 2021 | Family Policy

Re: Romney, Hawley, Rubio, and Lee’s Building Blocks for Family Policy

In his recent post, Oren Cass helpfully examines the existing family policy proposals put on the table by Republicans this year. As someone who cares a lot about marriage and family, it has been exciting to see this conversation unfold. But I can’t get rid of a nagging reaction that I have to the related […]

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Romney, Hawley, Rubio, and Lee’s Building Blocks for Family Policy Share This

Oren Cass | Apr 26, 2021 | Family Policy

Senator Josh Hawley’s proposal this morning for a “Parent Tax Credit” is a welcome expansion of the conservative debate over family policy and, in particular, a federal benefit paid to families with children. Following on Senator Mitt Romney’s “Family Security Act” in February and the subsequent proposal from Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee to […]

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