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Ivanka Trump at RNC: 'I promised that President Trump would support mothers'

The President's daughter talked about affordable childcare + paid leave while millions of parents still don't have either.

Ivanka Trump at RNC: 'I promised that President Trump would support mothers'

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Ivanka Trump took the spotlight to introduce her father, President Trump, as he accepted his nomination during the fourth night of the Republican National Committee Convention. Many were wondering if she would speak about an issue that impacts so many of her fellow American mothers: childcare, and on that she did not disappoint.

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As a mom and a Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump has previously spoken passionately about the importance of childcare, something that did not get as much airtime during previous parts of the RNC as some parents had hoped.

And so when Ivanka addressed the country as her stepmother did earlier this week, people were waiting to hear if President Trump's oldest daughter would have some words about the childcare crisis that unfolding parallel to the pandemic. It's an issue she discussed—along with other so-called "women's issues", like paid leave— quite a bit prior to her father's election in 2016 and one she now says she's proud to have made progress on.


"Four years ago, I told you my father would focus on making childcare affordable and accessible," she stated. "In President Trump's first term, we secured the largest-ever increase for childcare funding, giving more than 800,000 low-income families great childcare at a cost they can afford."

Making sure 800,000 low-income families have access to childcare is certainly laudable, but unfortunately, that still leaves millions of families out. A 2019 report by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy found day care unaffordable (so costing more than 7% of a family's income) for the majority of parents who work full-time, and especially for low-income, Black and Hispanic parents.

And that was before the pandemic of 2020 made finding and paying for childcare even harder. Ivanka Trump made some good points in her speech Thursday night, but so did her father's opponent, Joe Biden, when he announced his plan for free preschool and affordable childcare last month. How Biden's plan stacks up against Trump's accomplishments in this area will be for voters to decide.

Of course, childcare isn't the only thing that's hard for parents right now. Education is a big issue for many families, especially since the pandemic, something Ivanka touched on in her speech.

"I am more certain than ever before that we want a future where our kids can believe in American greatness. We want a society where every child can live in a safe community and go to a great school of their choice," she stated, echoing several previous speakers at the RNC.

Along with childcare and education, paid leave is a top concern for parents in the United States these days.

It's something Ivanka has been publicly pushing for years (and something that most parents in the United States are still, unfortunately, doing without).

"Four years ago, I promised that President Trump would support mothers in the workforce. In his first year in office, he signed into law the first-ever National Paid Leave Tax Credit. Today, 8 million more Americans have access to this benefit," she stated.

But millions of parents still don't have access to paid family leave. And they want it, desperately.

A month from now, in October 2020, federal employees of all genders who have worked for the government at least a year will be able to take 12 weeks paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. But so many parents who don't work for the federal government can't do that.

As we near November it should be noted that most Americans want paid family leave because it would help babies, fathers and mothers (and that would help the whole country). Ivanka Trump is right to keep pushing for it, and it's likely voters will, too.

Ivanka's father and his opponent and each of their respective parties can point to bits of legislation and progress on the road to November, but in the end, it will be voters who decide whether they've done enough and whether they can be trusted to do more.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

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Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

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Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

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The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

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When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

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