Jane Larkin is the author of From Generation to Generation: A Story of Intermarriage & Jewish Continuity. She writes for InterfaithFamily.com and contributes to “The Seesaw” in The Forward. Her work has appeared in Tablet, Jewish Exponent, The Jewish Journal Massachusetts, ReformJudaism.org, The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education and other outlets. She is a frequent speaker on the subjects of intermarriage, Jewish engagement, and parenting. As a former Jersey girl who has lived with her family in Dallas, Texas for 10 years, she still prefers "you guys" to "y'all."
My 9-year-old son, Sammy, was bursting to tell me something after his robotics class the other day. I assumed it was about his class activities, so I was surprised when the first thing he told me was…this: “I was working with my partner to design something in a computer program and I made a mistake. I said, ‘Oh, jeez’ because I was annoyed that I needed to redo my work. My partner says, ‘Don’t speak The Boy’s name in vain!’ I looked at him like he was crazy. All I said… >> Read More
It was one of those moments that I wish I’d captured on film. My 10-year-old son was sitting on the family room floor with huge eyes and a wide-open mouth, a look of astonishment spread across his…face. It was priceless. He had just asked me a question–did I ever participate in a protest? The topic came up because he was telling me that in Sunday school that morning his class discussed social justice and his teacher shared that when she was younger she had participated in a sit-in. >> Read More
I have a 9-year-old son. He is sensitive and compassionate. He listens carefully to conversations so as not to miss anything, and he is able to see concepts and complex relationships, making him…seem wise beyond his years. Perhaps these traits are the reason why my husband and I have never shied away from discussing current events with him in an age-appropriate way. We’re also just not the kind of parents who believe that children must order strictly off the kids’ menu or discuss only kid-friendly topics. So,… >> Read More