Dec 11 2013
Do Children Belong at Adult Parties?
Tis the season… for parties. Hanukkah parties, Christmas parties, New Year’s parties, non-denominational “holiday” parties with vaguely thematic decorations and a mish-mash of foods to cover all the cultural bases. Now, some bacchanalias–namely ones that begin at 9 p.m. and … Continue reading
Dec 4 2013
Seven Tidbits That Will Make You See the “Sound of Music” in a New Light
Tomorrow, December 5th, NBC will air The Sound of Music – Live! Rather than a remake of the much loved Julie Andrews movie, this is actually a revival of the original Broadway production. The Sound of Music was the first movie … Continue reading
Nov 21 2013
We Just Said Kaddish For a Fish
You have to understand, this was no ordinary goldfish. My then 5-year-old son brought it home from his school’s Japan Day celebration. For the first week, I refused to feed the fish or take it out of its tiny container. … Continue reading
Nov 19 2013
At What Age Can Kids be Left Home Alone?
It’s a big year at our house. This September, for the first time, my 14-year-old began taking the subway to school by himself, my 10-year-old began taking the city bus to school by himself, and I began leaving my 6-year-old … Continue reading
Nov 6 2013
When One Son Wins an Award & The Other Son is Jealous
My middle child won an award last week. It wasn’t a Pulitzer, an Oscar, or a Nobel, but it did come with a ceremony and a cash prize. And it did prompt his older brother to whine, “How come he … Continue reading
Oct 30 2013
When Do I Stop Being Naked in Front of My Kids?
Sarah Tuttle-Singer’s recent post on why she lets her kids see her naked reminded me of a piece I wrote almost two years ago about my family’s nudity policy (or lack thereof). Unlike Sarah, I didn’t have a poetic, thoughtful, and … Continue reading
Oct 21 2013
I’m in Love With My Son’s First Celebrity Crush
Disclaimer: I asked my son’s permission to write the below piece. He read and signed off on its contents prior to publication. My oldest son is now 14 years old. For the past few months, he’s been crushing on a TV … Continue reading
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