“Ten Things The Working Poor Truly Understand And One Harvard Just ‘Discovered’”

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This June 16, 2017 piece by Jen Froderman talks about things that the working poor know all too well.  This group is one where they often make too much money to receive many of the low-income benefits, but at the same time are barely making enough to survive with almost nothing left over by the time the next pay check comes and bills are paid.

Examples of luxuries in this piece include things ranging from taking a ride to look at scenery, dropping kids off to visit friends, being able to get all the supplies for their kid as required by the school, to even the problems that are faced simply by having kids come to your house to play and the hidden costs that many with greater incomes don’t even bother to consider.  There are other things like the stigmas faced by those who fall into the heading of “Working Poor”  that those with higher incomes will likely never face unless they are faced with a catastrophic even that causes them to lose their financial security.

“7 Lies About Welfare That Many People Believe Are Fact”

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Very good insights into the myths many believe to be true but have been proven false about welfare.

“The Roots of Poverty”

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This April 15, 2013, piece found on the Huffington Post website written by Bruce Hartford, a member of the Civil Rights Movement Veterans, talks about a perspective on what the real causes of poverty may be while taking a look beneath the surface of the issue.

“Diaper Shortage in the 1940’s and Congress was to blame!”

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This piece by Kim Rosas on the “Dirty Diaper Laundry” blog talks about Congress issuing orders to ration cloth diapers, and forbidding the military from using cloth diapers to clean their weapons.  Despite the rationing Diaper services experienced a lot of growth during this time not only because of the first of the baby boomers being born, but also because women who traditionally would have been in charge of washing cloth diapers had gone to work in factories to help build planes and other items, so they had less time to be able to wash diapers.  Diaper services thrived because of the shift in the workforce based on what this blog post discusses.

“Diaper Shortages Leave Low-Income Kids Behind Before They Can Even Walk”

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This July 15, 2014 blog post found on the “Talk Poverty” website talks about some of the obstacles that are created when a low-income family doesn’t have access to an adequate supply of diapers for their infants or toddlers.

“Why cloth diapers might not be the greener choice”

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This is an older piece but still offers some interesting things to consider when comparing cloth diapers to disposable diapers.  The piece was published on May 8, 2016 by and is on the Washington Post website.

The piece looks beyond the surface and delves into the production of both types of diapers particularly looking at the process of growing, harvesting and transporting cotton before it reaches the point where it is turned into cloth diapers.  It also looks at what disposable diaper companies are doing to improve the greenness of their product.  both have issues, but just in water consumption to produce 30 cloth diapers compared to I think it was 4000 disposable diapers the disposable diapers required came in at a little under half as much water as the cloth diapers before factoring in the washing of cloth diapers after they have been bought and used.  They also looked at chemicals used in the growing of the cotton and the impact it has on the environment and compared it to the impact of petroleum use/production for disposable diapers.

My Mom used cloth diapers on all 3 of us, so I am in no way anti-cloth diapers, but as someone who founded a Diaper ministry, I look at things beyond just giving the diaper to the person in need.  I try to also look at things people from both sides of the cloth vs. disposable debate are saying so I can better understand the product I’m distributing.  I watch for recalls on items I distribute, as well as weighing out cloth vs. disposable asking questions like “can my recipient wash the cloth diapers in their home?”  if not “is there a laundromat in the area they can get to that will allow them to wash them?”  if there is “how will they transport the dirty diapers to the Laundromat?”  these are just some of the many questions I ponder and research as I make decisions about what I do or don’t distribute to my recipients through my diaper ministry.

If I had kids, I would way out the logistics of maintaining cloth diapers and if I had a convenient way to wash and dry them, I would likely use them when possible, but if my situation made it impossible to have a convenient and efficient method to wash and dry cloth diapers I would likely resort to disposable some or all the time, so for me it would boil down to what would be the most efficient based on my life and what I have access to for maintaining or disposing of diapers.

Poor as Folk – “Cloth Diapering & Low Income Families”

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This piece was published December 31, 2013, but offers some insight that I wish many more would consider while insisting that low-income people should just “switch to cloth diapers” which isn’t as simple as it seems at first glance.  I think the thing that impressed me the most about this particular piece was that it was written by someone who prefers to use cloth diapers, but also recognizes some of the obstacles faced by those who are living below the poverty line with regards to cloth diapering.  The author closes by offering suggestions on how you, the reader, might be able to assist a low-income family by either helping them purchase cloth diapers, making diapers for them, or teaching them how to make them.  But also suggests that helping solve the problem many low-income families face with regards to where to wash the diapers, perhaps helping make washing them more affordable and accessible to them is another way that could help all while considering all the aspects of washing cloth diapers, and what is or isn’t doable in the community where the low-income family resides.  One thing that the author didn’t mention is that not all laundr-o-mats allow people to use their machines to was cloth diapers, so looking into this i something else to consider when reccommending someone switch to cloth diapers.  If they rely ona landromat to wash the diapers, ask yourself how will this family get to and from the laundromat? do they own a vehicle or are they relying on public transportation?  if the family relies on public transportation, this is also an expence to factor into laundry of any kind, not to mention it would be wise to find out if the transportation provider allows people to bring a load of dirty diapers on their vehicles.  if the family can’t transport the diapers to a landromat(pending they are lucky enough to have a laundromat that allows them to wash dirty diapers in their machines) then it would be impossible for them to machine wash the diapers.  This leaves them with handwashing the diapers, and personally I’ve never felt that anything I handwashed came out as clean as I would have liked it to, not to mention the huge amount of time it takes to handwash and dry any piece of clothing, let alone a never ending supply of dirty diapers is more than I personally would want to comit to especially since kids spend roughly the first 3 years of their lives wearing some sort of diaper that would translate into the need to handwash thousands of dirty diapers.  That doesn’t even factor in anything else the family needs to do on a daily basis wether it be attending school, working, paying bills, caring for the children, all while trying to make ends meet and often times feeling overwhelmed by their circumsatances.  I don’t know about you, but if I’m maxxed out emotionally and feeling like I’m struggling just to keep a roof over my family’s head and food in their belly handwashing thousands of diapers over the course of roughly 3 years just really doesn’t seem realistic in today’s society.  I commend those who go this route, but also respect those who opt for disposable diapers not only for their convenience, but as a way to help them manage their stress level by not piling a massive task ontop of everything else they are doing to survive.

 

Eastern Standard Time Begins in Pennsylvania

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Eastern Standard Time Begins today, November 6, 2016 in Pennsylvania

 

“This Is How Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods”

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This October 18, 2016 article and video by found on the Bustle.com website talks about the reality of what it is like to be a homeless woman trying to take care of themselves during their period with almost no money, unsheltered, and lacking access to a shower.

“You’re an Olympian. You have your period. Now what?”

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This August 2, 2016 article on the Fusion news website by Marisa Kabas, talks about the lack of research that has been done with regards to female athletes and the impact their menstrual cycle has on their ability to compete.  It also mentions that many studies will disqualify a female who is menstruating from being part of a study though the reason for this is unclear.  There are things that athletes can do to control their cycle, but even then nobody really knows if this can help or hinder athletic performance.  the article points out that approximately 41% of female athletes say their period symptoms impact their performance, but still very little research has been done to study the claim.

I know it isn’t a poverty related article, but I felt that it did offer a lot of interesting information to think about and consider as we each decide if it is a good idea to continue the taboos around menstruation or not.