We Americans believe in this country as the land of opportunity. We believe in the potential for people to be happy and responsible citizens. And we believe that today can build the basis for a better tomorrow. With 100 million Americans living in poverty or near-poverty and absolute upward mobility at new lows, many people are faced with challenges that threaten their ability to succeed, and all of us are affected as the country struggles to achieve its economic and social objectives.
Opportunity for Major Economic and Social Gains
During the Great Recession and now, as the economy grapples with long-term structural changes, the ranks of the poor grew in diversity through the influx of people who previously felt economically secure. Whatever their history, neither the poor nor their better-off fellow citizens can imagine how things can get better for them until they have a higher income. But that is not true. Poor mothers* can create rich lives and prospects for their children even without more money.
Leveraging and building the power of poor mothers as parents could be the single most effective thing that we could do for the US economy and society. Strengthening mothers’ ability to build resiliency in their children can increase graduation rates, reduce teen pregnancy rates, decrease unemployment, increase worker productivity, and reduce rates of addiction and chronic diseases, among other societal goods.
Maternal wisdom is no substitute for food or jobs. But it can make all the difference in a family and even in the country at any level of income. It is the most valuable human capital opportunity we have and Poor Mom Wisdom hopes to help everyone invest in it.
Not surprisingly, the Objectives of this site, and related efforts, are to:
- Provide tools and information so existing organizations can help poor mothers raise resilient children.
- Help mothers of limited means to grow by learning more about how to raise resilient children.
- Shine a light on the extraordinary women out there who, without the advantages of money, are making this world better by raising resilient children.
“My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.”
~ Thomas Edison
* Note: The focus on mothers rather than fathers is simply that, a focus for this site and the related projects. It is not meant to imply that fathers cannot have the same immense and positive impact on their children. Much of what this site and related projects address applies equally to fathers.