Earlier this month, my 11-year-old began a valiant campaign to be allowed to download Snapchat on his phone. My immediate, straight-from-the-gut answer was a big fat no. We are not a tech-avoidant…family. Every single family member has some sort of i-device, both of my children have email accounts and were given permission to text with family members at the age of 8, and I work for Kveller, so—there’s that. In fact, the 11-year-old has a school-issued (and parent-paid-for) laptop and nearly all of his schoolwork is… >> Read More
Choosing what to name your new baby is a decision that is definitely not to be made lightly--because that name will follow your child around for the rest of their life (unless they hate it so much,…they change it). When it comes to choosing a name, you may be basing the name largely on tradition and meaning, which is why we rounded up 10 of our favorite names that are from the bible. Sometimes, going back to your roots is the best bet. We chose some old favorites, along with some names… >> Read More
It's every parent's worst nightmare when their children are diagnosed with a fatal disease. Sadly, this is the real life of the producer of "The Rookie" Gordon Gray and his wife Kristen--whose two…young daughters were diagnosed with a rare and deadly brain disease in March 2015. It seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel, however, with a potential new treatment for Batten disease, which currently has no cure. A year after her diagnosis, the couple's 5-year-old daughter Charlotte became the first patient in the world to enroll… >> Read More
In the latest Lenny Letter (which is run by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner) Jewish actress Amanda Peet wrote an honest essay about how she deals with the pressure of wanting to appear as young as…possible in Hollywood--and how this makes her feel as a mom. The 44-year-old mom started the essay off comparing herself to her sister, who is a doctor and associate dean of clinical education at a teaching hospital who has embraced her gray hair--while Peet describes how she has not--and in many ways, can't if she wants "to… >> Read More
I’m not very good at saying no. That isn’t a humble brag: As a feminist and a (sometime) pragmatist, I think women in particular would benefit tremendously from saying no more often.
We are…asked to do more, and the more we are asked to do is often the most low-status stuff. And we say yes more. We shouldn’t, unless it is for things that we really care about, find really interesting, or would benefit us. (There is so much that we care about! So much that is interesting!… >> Read More