Sep 3 2014
After This Summer, A Whole New Set of Parental Worries
Parenting and worrying go hand in hand. Some might say this is a stereotype of Jewish parents. Others might say it’s tradition. In either case, I think it is accurate to say that a large part of being a parent … Continue reading
Jul 23 2014
How Do I Tell My Daughter That Our Israel Trip is Cancelled?
We are canceling our trip to Israel. Even as I say this, I want to be there more than ever. My wife and I debated this decision endlessly and were waiting until the last moment to decide. We did not … Continue reading
Jul 9 2014
Should I Cancel My Family Vacation to Israel?
In two weeks, I am scheduled to visit Israel with my family, including my two young daughters. We have been talking about this trip with them for weeks, excitedly planning each detail. My 4-year-old has learned a great deal about … Continue reading
Jun 12 2014
Why Are There No Pre-Ks for Middle Class Families in NYC?
A couple of years ago, my wife and I were touring a local preschool when my wife hesitantly inquired about financial aid. “We consider attending preschool to be a privilege, and so there is no aid,” we were told. We … Continue reading
May 22 2014
Leaving the Only Home My Kids Have Known
Three months ago, I moved with my family into a new home six blocks and a few avenues from our former home. This was my first move with young children and I was deeply concerned about how it would affect … Continue reading
Jan 22 2014
Mitzvah Notes For Mommy
My daughter’s preschool teacher has created a daily task in which we, the parents, write “mitzvah notes” for our children each day. These notes are meant to describe the ways in which our children are helpful, cooperative, or did good … Continue reading
Nov 22 2013
This Dad Wants to Shrink and Go To Preschool
My wife and I often talk about how fascinating it would be to be flies on the wall at our daughter’s Jewish preschool. It’s the ultimate parent fantasy–to see how your children behave when you’re out of sight. At home, we … Continue reading
Sep 13 2013
An Apology to My Toddler on Yom Kippur
Like many other parents of toddlers, I spend a lot of time teaching my 3-year-old daughter to apologize. She is taught to apologize when she doesn’t listen, or when she doesn’t cooperate, or when she is screaming for no reason, … Continue reading