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I do hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day, a holiday that originated in Canada out of labor disputes in the 1870's... who knew? Funny how these disputes press on some 200 years later as I remind you of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act recently passed by Obama.

Although, I can't say I was in much of a celebratory mood this Labor Day as I absorbed the news of the recent death of Ted Kennedy and a lesser known, DJ AM. Loved him or hated him as a politician, Ted Kennedy leaves behind five kids and a slew of grandchildren. After listening to his children speak this past week, it is clear that their hearts are heavy. My thoughts go out to the Kennedy's and to those who are mourning the loss of DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldstein. Adam was found dead in his apartment with a half-used bag of crack cocaine, two pipes and prescription pills close by. To recap, in September of 2008, DJ AM and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker were severely burned, but survived a plane crash in South Carolina that killed four others. DJ AM's Twitter post on Aug. 25, read: "New York, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain't always what it seems." If we teach our children ONE THING- please let's teach them NOT TO USE DRUGS!!!!!! As parents we are especially saddened by this tragic death.

I do have mixed emotions about another headlining news story: Jaycee Dugard, a 29 year-old set free after an 18-year nightmare. As you now know, Jaycee was kidnapped on June 10, 1991 from her school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, California at age 11. For two decades Jaycee was being hidden in a shack as a sex slave, ultimately giving birth to her rapist's two girls (who are now 11 and 15)! I want to vomit and breakdown at the sheer thought of my own kids being taken from me. I cannot conceive of it!

While I am fully aware that MyWorkButterfly.com was built to house resources, to offer support and advice to return to work and working moms, I recognize that we are first and foremost parents. We are mothers to our children, wives to our husbands and tragedy exists. So, when you think that getting that proposal out is a matter of life or death or returning that one last call is more important than anything, think again. We are parents before we are workers and it is the aforementioned tragedies that remind of this very truth.

After you've kissed your children one more time, come back and watch our amazing video with single mom, attorney and award-winning journalist, Lisa Bloom.

While you're logged on to MyWorkButterfly.com, read the inspiring interview with Laurie Gelman, Co-Host of Toronto's "The Mom Show." Next, head over to read of our recent events as we partner with the NY Liberty and Junior Achievement’s Fly Girl. And, if that's not enough, I will tease you with this: At the end of September, we are auctioning off a date with one of the most attractive men in Los Angeles. Start saving your money as a portion of the proceeds will go to a VERY good cause. Stay tuned... you DO NOT want to miss this!

Now, go hug your children one more time. :)
Bradi Nathan
Co-Founder, MyWorkButterfly.com

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