By Adrienne Jones, Daphne
Director of community development for the city of Daphne
There are a few things that would be beneficial to women, besides the seemingly age-old issue of equal pay for equal work and the current issue regarding freedom of choice. I’d love to make as much as the male and female counterparts in this area!
My wish list includes the creation of a program that promotes breastfeeding.
I don’t mean pamphlets like the ones typically distributed at the doctor’s office. Give tips and tools on proper breastfeeding and breast care.
Oftentimes, it’s harder than it looks for beginners. Also provide consultation services with a dietician to create a realistic customized meal plan to support each mother and the newborn.
The program would also include the issuance of food vouchers or means to easily purchase items listed on the meal plan. This program would be open to all interested mothers with no regard to income.
My wish list also includes day care services for mildly ill children. My former employer had this program.
It was a great tool which allowed me and my husband to go to work knowing that our child was being cared for in a good environment.
Finally, let’s talk about the middle class.
Families that make too much for assistance but live paycheck to paycheck. It’s hard to save money for the future or go on a regret-free vacation.
Many are in debt, not because they lack discipline but that’s what works, as dysfunctional as that may be.
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