Oct 14 2013
Should I Feel Guilty About My Kids’ Financial Aid?
Whatever my kids do, be it school or extracurricular activities, they are either on financial aid, a merit scholarship, or work/study (i.e. they study while I work for the organizations in question). We simply wouldn’t be able to afford Jewish … Continue reading
Sep 25 2013
Goldberg Vs. Goldberg: Which TV Show Did it Best?
Having a mother with a Master’s in Media Analysis means that not only are my poor kids (ages 14, 10, and 6) subjected to a semiotic postmortem following every movie we watch (What message is “Shrek” sending about intermarriage? Are … Continue reading
Aug 28 2013
Will My Son Be the Only Black Jew in High School?
Every year, just like clockwork, The New York Times writes their annual article expressing shock that the most competitive public high schools in New York City are primarily Asian, with a much lower proportion of black and Hispanic students then … Continue reading
Aug 19 2013
Depressed… With Children
I’ve had issues with anxiety and depression all my life. According to my mother, I was the only newborn in the maternity word who refused to eat and just screamed her head off, instead. The pattern continued when she brought … Continue reading
Aug 7 2013
Should I Kvetch or Kvell About My Kids?
“So what are your kids up to these days?” I get asked by polite friends and family looking to make conversation. I’d like to make polite conversation right back at them. But, I never know how to answer the above … Continue reading
Jul 30 2013
Should I Force My Son to Take Swimming Lessons?
Every summer, in an attempt to escape the New York City heat, I pack up the kids and take them to visit my parents in San Francisco for a few weeks (where as Mark Twain probably didn’t say, “The coldest … Continue reading
Jul 23 2013
I’d Rather Make My Husband Happy Than My Kids
I’ve suspected it for a while now, but it didn’t hit me–in concrete words–until the other day: I’d rather make my husband happy than my kids. I do all sorts of things to make my husband happy. He likes my … Continue reading
Jul 12 2013
Do Our Kids Get Our “Ironic” Jewish Jokes?
Just like with the interracial family Cheerios ad controversy, my mailbox promptly filled up with friends wanting to know what I thought about Paula Deen, her allegedly racist remarks, her mea culpa tour, and her subsequent exorcism from TV, cookbooks, … Continue reading
Jul 2 2013
Can the Marshmallow Fix All Our Problems?
In the ongoing desperate quest for a magic bullet to fix America’s educational system (Whole word! New math! Self-esteem! Video games!), one object continues to present as the most effective method for predicting a child’s academic success going on 40 … Continue reading
Jun 24 2013
I Cheated My Sons Out of a Jewish Education
My oldest son graduated from the 8th grade last week. His father and I picked this particular school for its academic rigor. By the time his nine years there were up, my son had visited England, passed Algebra 2, read Virgil … Continue reading