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[i need to earn money now]Child tax credit ‘is going to make a difference.’ Families plan how they’ll spend extra?cash.

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  Aqeela Muntaqim

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  Aqeela Muntaqim, a 32-year-old married mother of four in Macomb, MichiganEven though I do think that expanding the credit is going to help a lot of Black mothers who have had extreme losses of income … obviously it’s still not enough to really have a significant economic impact in our community.

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  “Even though I do think that expanding the credit is going to help a lot of Black mothers who have had extreme losses of income, whether they lost their jobs or they had to quit or take a lower-paying job to provide for their families, obviously it’s still not enough to really have a significant economic impact in our community,’’ she says.

  But Muntaqim, who administers a mother’s group on Facebook, says her conversations with other parents make it clear that even a few extra dollars can be meaningful, and not just to cover basic expenses.

  ”I do know that some people want to take their kids to have some fun this summer,” she says. “And a lot of the moms are using the funds for some self-care. A lot have been spending their income on their children … and the household and haven’t had much income to take care of themselves, whether it’s getting their hair done, or a facial or a massage.”

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  The pandemic was stressful mentally as well as financially for many working families, Muntaqim adds, so it makes sense to spend some of the extra money on a little relaxation and joy.

  ”If you’re the person who’s been working 60 hours a week,” she says, “and you’re finally getting a little extra income where you can finally take a break and breathe … I’ve told moms don’t be ashamed to buy yourself an outfit or take yourself out to dinner.”

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  4:07 am UTC Jun. 30, 2021

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  3:43 pm UTC Jun. 30, 2021