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
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