The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Fails American Families

The Republicans in Congress have released a tax plan that is purely a sleight of hand, claiming support for working families, parents, and individuals across the country while they undermine policies that enable families to grow and prosper. Their plan, in an effort to achieve “simplification,” disguises a small package of new credits, a modest Read more about The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Fails American Families[…]

Melissa is Raising Our Future

I have never been involved in politics at all but this past election cycle changed that. In part because I decided to take my head out of the sand and pay attention to what was going on around me and in part because the two most important humans in my life will directly be effected by the decisions of this administration. [Read more…]

Public Schools Are Vital

Caitlin Wheeler is a founding member of Raising Our Future. I am a public school parent.   I attended private schools in my wealthy hometown in my wealthy state because the public schools in my town had a terrible reputation, and my parents, who weren’t exactly wealthy themselves, made sacrifices to send me to private school Read more about Public Schools Are Vital[…]

The Importance of Maternity and Paternity Leave

The importance of maternity and paternity leave is often overlooked until the moment it affects your family directly.  ROFPAC founding member Shanna Reimer was kind enough to share her story with us.  You can always share your story of why you support ROFPAC at raisingourfuture@gmail.com.

I was totally guilty of thinking that maternity leave was an extended vacation full of sweet snuggles, long walks with a stroller, and trying out the stay at home mom life by lunching with the ladies who came before us. I practiced the lullabies I would sing, and changed my mind ten times about the first bedtime story we would read in our spacious room in the brand new hospital where I was scheduled to deliver. But in all of my many lists of questions at my prenatal appointments, not one of them dealt with what life would be like in those days after my perfect baby and I came home from the hospital in our adorable matching outfits after we took a few adorable first photos as a family of three.

I had a vague idea that I would need to fill out some paperwork to get my time off, and that we’d have to make some financial adjustments to take the full 12 weeks, but how hard could that be without all the regular costs of commuting?

And then, when I was 32 weeks pregnant, reality slapped me in the face, as it tends to do when someone is as far off base as I was. I left my regular prenatal checkup where everything checked out completely normal as it had from the beginning, went home and had a completely normal evening, and woke up in the middle of the night soaking wet – my water broke.

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