Parents all know that our kids love gadgets with buttons that do cool things just as much as we do. Although it was still a little shocking to read Hilary Stout's recent article in the New York…Times about toddlers and their love for the iPhone. But even the biggest fan of iPhone apps for kids would agree that there is a time and place for toys that don't beep or flash or connect to the internet. One particular time and place that comes to mind is Shabbat. Whether or not you… >> Read More
My daughter turned 2 last week (yay!), and I’m wondering if perhaps I’ve been jumping the gun a bit with her Jewish education.
In general, in parenting, I tend to have a “less is more”…approach. Not when it comes to the things that really matter--eye contact, loving touch, focused attention--these I try to provide with few limits. But when it comes to activities, I prefer letting my daughter learn about the world by grocery shopping with me, rather than attending the myriad of toddler classes offered in my neighborhood.… >> Read More
I prepared extensively for my daughter’s birth two years ago--books, DVDs, classes, etc. Her birth turned out to be wonderful and empowering for me (okay, wonderful and empowering and PAINFUL for…me). But now, for whatever reasons, my due date for baby #2 is inching closer and closer--less than two months--and I feel like I haven’t been giving the birth much thought at all. Luckily, I just picked up Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth , and it’s been getting me more in the mood to push… >> Read More
My mother is an excellent cook. But if there's one thing she doesn't do, it's patshke.
The Yiddish verb patshkn means to paint, smear, make a mess, or bother with something messy. In English,…patshke is most often used to describe a kind of fussy, painstaking cooking ("That kugel has three pages of instructions--who would ever patshke so much?"). I've heard patshke combined with English suffixes ("I'm pooped from patshking all day over the shaloch manos") and in the infinitive ("My sister, the unemployed one, she loves to patshke… >> Read More