Besides being busy with her new album that is about to be released, Pink is busy being a mom. She's already hard at work on her next album, but in between work, she hangs out with her kids.…Considering her son is only 7 months old, this also means she's been pretty hands on, notably still in the stage of breastfeeding. Yesterday, she posted a photo on Instagram revealing her routine between songs: Getting to know her breast pump really well. She called it her "mom break." And now this #pumpupthejams #mombreak A… >> Read More
Choosing to breastfeed is a personal choice--and there is no shame in choosing to nurse or not choosing to nurse. For one mom in Florida, who is also a photographer, the choice was especially…complicated and nuanced--which is why she has photographed different women breastfeeding--including herself. Recently, Yaky Di Roma, the Venezuelan photographer behind Di Roma Photography, took photos of herself breastfeeding her 3-year-old son Hans. In one pictures, she was dressed as Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” and in other, she wore a white dress with a flower crown. Hasta los… >> Read More
Samantha Taylor, Kveller writer and mom, spoke on CNN about Charlottesville, largely about how we need to stand up for what we believe in. "If we stay quiet, we're just as guilty," Taylor…said. When she was asked about what she would say to Trump, Taylor went on to say, "Shame on you. He's silently signaling these people. The more he doesn't come out completely against this... the scarier it gets." Taylor was brave and bold—and an inspiration for how we all need to speak out against hatred… >> Read More
Dolly Parton is a true gem and national treasure. The iconic musician and child literacy advocate just announced this week that she’ll be releasing the first children’s album in her 50-year…career. It's aptly called “I Believe In You.” In a press release, the 71-year-old said: “My first album was released 50 years ago and it’s been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I’m coming out with my first children’s album in all of those 50 years. I’m proudest of… >> Read More
Everyone loves snacks, especially snacks that are sweet and savory and just delicious (because why should you have to choose?!).
Since your kids are going back to school soon, we rounded up some…of our favorite and most popular Israeli and Jewish snacks, as a way to make eating lunch at school that much sweeter. These are our favorites below: 1. Bamba (duh!) Bamba is a peanut butter snack that some scientists and researchers have even speculated is the reason many Israeli kids don’t have peanut allergies. 2. Bissli Bissli is crunchy and… >> Read More
We're all excited about the solar eclipse that is happening next week on Monday, August 21st. It's a big deal: what's about to happen is the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and we'll actually…be able to see it! Everyone in the U.S. will see a partial view of eclipse, but if you live in the area of land that cuts from Oregon to South Carolina, you'll see the total eclipse, you lucky humans, you. According to NASA, the path is as follows: As NPR pointed out, this is the "first… >> Read More
This week, a shouting match erupted between a Chicago country judge and prosecutor over whether a pregnant woman should have been jailed without bail for more than a month this summer—so long that…she had to give birth in prison. It was an example of a new backlash over the treatment of pregnant women in jail, especially those who are being held because they can't make bail. Judge Nicholas Ford apparently said, "I have every right to hold her," while First Assistant State's Attorney Eric Sussman argued otherwise. Sussman was… >> Read More
It's back to school season, which means it's time to start thinking about backpacks—you know, the thing your kid uses to transport all the stuff they use everyday for school.
Let's be real, they…carry way too many books way too early. But at least if they have to, why not have something they enjoy carrying? Here are some of my favorites: 1. Floral Jansport, $23 2. Fun pattern & three set, $32 (comes in 13 colors and patterns) 3. Laptop backpack, $30 (comes in two colors) 4. Space… >> Read More
Pink (or P!nk) plays by her own rules--and that's not something to trivialize, especially in a summer where it feels like women and marginalized people are silenced and ignored or belittled for being…who they are. In Pink's case, she's a proud Jewish mom who has taken some time off to raise her family (she just gave birth to her second child in December 2016), she's finally back. Her new hit song is appropriately titled “What About Us.” The title song of the album says it all: It's full of… >> Read More
Did you know that August is one of the most popular times to give birth in America? Did you also know Americans pay the most to give birth? Well, according to a new study from WalletHub, all of this…is true. The site analyzed all 50 states when it comes to cost, health care accessibility, and baby-friendliness—where does your state stack up? Top 10 Lowest 10: When it comes to high C-section charges, New Jersey takes the cake, unlike Maryland, which is the lowest. Meanwhile, the lowest infant care costs is Mississippi, versus the highest… >> Read More
Fall is coming, and that means the ritual of looking at your kid's feet and saying, "How did they get so big?"
When it comes to buying shoes for your kids--especially when they are toddlers and…small--it can be hard to know what to do. For new walkers, runners and climbers, shoes that support their feet are important--but what does support actually mean? According to Katy Bowman, biomechanist and author of "Move Your DNA," flexible soles are the way to go. She said soft soles "allow the feet muscles to do their… >> Read More
There's a opioid problem in the Orthodox Jewish community--and many people aren't even aware of it. The popular conceptions about drug use, of course, is often full of stereotypes that do more harm…than help. In the case of the Orthodox community, many often believe that religious people don't become addicted--which is very untrue and dangerous to believe. In a recent feature in Times of Israel many survivors opened up about their struggles with the community, both as women and as people struggling with drug abuse. For instance, 20-year-old… >> Read More
I found out the best news today. My favorite chubby baby, Fiona the hippo, will be getting her own book--which means you should be adding it on all your gift lists.
If you haven't fallen in love…with Fiona yet, you should now. She was born at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden prematurely--and since, all of her videos have gone viral (which can be found searching the hashtag #TeamFiona). Her survival is one of inspiration, especially in a year that has been tumultuous at best for many. Zoo director Thane Maynard, as a… >> Read More
A few months ago, we reported that "Roseanne" was getting a reboot--which in a lot of ways, we are excited about (considering it was a monumental and groundbreaking show for its time).
However,…there's been a bit of controversy already--and rightly so. https://t.co/OQws0AB5w1 Please @therealroseanne don't do this. — Libby 🇺🇸 (@libbyannehess) August 1, 2017 So, what's the deal? It was recently announced that the reboot is seeking to feature a "gender-creative child," despite show's star and creator Roseanne’s own transphobic history and statements. In the past year,… >> Read More
Nostalgia is in the air: The owner of the property that houses the ruined Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills, which was the resort that inspired "Dirty Dancing," is hoping to reopen the property…as a hotel, spa and conference center. Um, yes. According to JTA, Louis Cappelli is the real estate developer who has owned the former resort property for two decades. He is looking for state funds "to clean up the site as a first step toward reopening Grossinger’s." The resort closed in 1986, so the reopening… >> Read More
There is a lot to be nostalgic for the '90s right now. Sure, plaid and overalls and weird patterns with lots of colors and shapes have come back in style, but there's something about that grunge,…DIY-esque culture—plus a lack of feeling that a nuclear apocalypse was imminent—that can't be replicated. Here are some reminders that will make it pretty clear you grew up in the '90s (and make you feel kind of old): 1. One of your favorite shows was (and still kind of is) "My So-Called Life." Claire Danes… >> Read More
Sheryl Sandberg recently spoke up in support of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act in a Bloomberg TV interview. It was a big deal, because Sandberg has been criticized in the past…for focusing on personal "Lean In" tactics over systemic change. Obviously, nationalized paid leave is a big systemic change. For those unfamiliar with the FAMILY Act, it is the most feasible progressive bill that would create a national paid leave insurance program. If implemented, it would allow all working people to take partially paid time away… >> Read More
It's like a horror film, except it's real life. Apparently, in a family-friendly NYC neighborhood, the rats are getting really smart (they're actually extremely intelligent creatures, and evolve to…their environment quickly)--and they're jumping into baby strollers. Ahh, yes, New York's Upper West Side—once known for its synagogues, museums, bagel shops, and being Nora Ephron's favorite haunt. This week, however, it's known for its stroller rats, who are adapting to the ever-changing landscape, occupying critical water resources, "boldly jumping" into strollers, and ruling the… >> Read More
You may remember the parents who named their kids Adolf Hitler.
And no, I'm not talking about Hitler's parents, I'm talking about parents who live in the U.S. right now. Isidore Heath Campbell…and his then-wife Deborah named one of their children Adolf Hitler. A few years ago, JTA reported that Campbell showed up to court regarding custody over his youngest son, Heinrich Hons, then 2, in full Nazi regalia. Campbell and his then-wife lost custody, largely stemming from an incident involving their local supermarket. The supermarket refused… >> Read More
We just found out which American states take the worst care of their kids--and some of the statistics are really alarming, especially when it comes to the large percentage of kids going hungry or…suffering serious neglect. And the overall picture is grim. Did you know that as a country, we are in the top ten worst in the world for our rate of child poverty? Almost one in three kids here is below the poverty line. Why don't we talk about this more, and why isn't it a… >> Read More
Now that camp is winding down--and back to school season is here--you've probably gotten a few letters from your kids detailing their time away from home. The memories, as you probably know, are…forever. We asked our readers to share some of the funniest letters their kids have sent home from camp--and this is what they sent us: And of course there's this very short one from Kveller writer Emily Caruso Parnell's son. Share more letters with us below. >> Read More
Disney is about to take all of its content off Netflix, so be prepared to have to find new ways to stream your kid's favorite films.
But you can still enjoy them in the meantime (And hey, there's…always YouTube and Amazon to rent movies on, it's actually really not the end of the world)! According to CNBC, this move is happening with the launch of a new ESPN video streaming service in early 2018— the Disney streaming service is set to launch in 2019. Basically, it kind of seems like all these separate… >> Read More
Everyone loves music. It bonds people of all generations and backgrounds together. One of my first memories was listening to music with my parents--my dad was (and still is) a huge Elvis Presley fan,…and my mom introduced me to amazing bands and musicians like Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, and The Doors. As a huge music fan (I do everything to music), I realized I had fodder for a list of all the classic songs about moms throughout the ages. Some celebrate motherhood and some, well, are a little… >> Read More
It's a surprise baby!
Comedian Andy Samberg and his wife, musician Joanna Newsom, just welcomed a baby girl, their first child, together. Most people didn't even realize the couple were…expecting, as they never publicly announced the news. 35-year-old Newsom, 35, told Larry King back in 2015 that she and 38-year-old Samberg, were thinking about becoming parents, saying,“Little harpist Samberg, thank you for putting that image in my head." She went on to say that Samberg is "my favorite person in the world. He’s the person I would… >> Read More
Eating disorders aren't just something that happens to rich teenage girls--which is a dangerous stereotype that keeps being fed to people. Eating disorders happen regardless of sexuality, gender,…race, and class--and they kill people every year. Eating disorders include disorders like body dysmorphia disorder--which is a condition where someone doesn't perceive themselves and their body image accurately, often feeling as if they are overweight, for instance, even when they are not. Body dysmorphia is particularly subtle, because many people suffer from it--and while… >> Read More