Sep 30 2014
Bribing Kids with Candy at Temple is Not Cool
My husband, toddler, and I just attended Rosh Hashanah services at our parents’ temple, and the highlight for my son was the blowing of the shofar. Granted, we’d been talking it up well in advance of services, but it was … Continue reading
Sep 22 2014
Celebrating the Holidays While Dad is at Work
My husband and I grew up very differently–I in an Orthodox household that celebrated every single Jewish holiday, and he in a Reform one that acknowledged Passover, saw Rosh Hashanah as a good excuse to make brisket, and suffered through … Continue reading
Sep 11 2014
The Three Things I Never Thought I’d Let My Son Do
Back when I was pregnant, I had many preconceived notions about the type of parent I’d be and the things I would and would not tolerate. But now that I’ve been a parent for over two and a half years, … Continue reading
Sep 2 2014
What Do You Do When Parents Don’t Know How to Share?
Following a rainy Saturday, my husband and I decided to take our toddler to a local playground once the weather dried out. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who had this idea, because the place was packed. Though it’s a pretty large … Continue reading
Aug 27 2014
Am I Pushing My Toddler Too Hard?
So we’ve officially failed at potty training, or at least the first round of it. After spending well over a month trying to coax my toddler onto the potty, bribing him with candy, and even going as far as letting … Continue reading
Aug 18 2014
Why Are Temples So Empty Over the Summer?
The temple I recently joined offers fabulous Tot Shabbat programs throughout the year, but none during the summer. And recently, over lunch with a local mom friend and fellow member, I casually mentioned that since we hadn’t been to services … Continue reading
Aug 7 2014
Where Are All the Summer Activities for Dual Working Families?
One of the great things about summertime is the abundance of toddler-friendly programs available in my area. From junior swimming lessons to nature tours to farm outings, these programs offer little kids and their parents a chance to get out, … Continue reading
Jul 31 2014
Am I Missing the Mommy Gene?
They say a mother can always recognize her baby’s cry. Well, that didn’t happen for me. When my son was an infant, there were plenty of times when I’d walk into our day care center at pickup time to the … Continue reading
Jul 18 2014
Why I Don’t Buy Into The Idea of the Terrible Twos
When it comes to raising children, 2 seems to be the universal age of terror among parents of boys and girls alike. I mean, they call it the “terrible twos” for a reason, right? As the mother of a 2.5-year … Continue reading
Jul 9 2014
Thanks to the Random Stranger Who Was Kind to My Kid
I live in New Jersey and work in New York, where–let’s face it–people aren’t always friendly and nice. Sure, there are exceptions, but at this point I’ve grown rather cynical when it comes to relying on the decency of strangers. … Continue reading