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
Jun 27 2014
I’m Thinking of Joining a Temple, But Am I Ready to Commit?
My husband and I have been married for close to eight years, and up until our son turned 2, our attendance record at temple had been pitiful at best. But over the past six months, we’ve all been attending monthly Tot Shabbat … Continue reading
Jun 24 2014
Our Ever-Growing Bedtime Routine Needs to Stop, But I’m Not Ready
A few weeks after my son was born, I made up a lullaby that I’d sing before putting him to bed. Back then, getting my son into his crib was a simple matter of swapping his diaper for a new one and … Continue reading
Jun 10 2014
Why I Let My Son Watch (a Little) TV
There are plenty of parents out there who are adamantly opposed to the idea of young children watching TV. And I should know, because I used to be one of them. For the longest time, I refused to let my … Continue reading
May 29 2014
When it Comes to Jewish Holidays, Is It Wrong to Focus on the Food?
It’s no secret that Jewish holidays tend to be very food-focused. So while my toddler is only just starting to learn about the rules, back stories, and traditions of the various holidays we celebrate, he already knows that on Purim we eat … Continue reading
May 22 2014
Taking Time Away From My Toddler is Not Easy–But Necessary
For me, the five-day span between Monday and Friday is usually a long, tiring race to the finish line of getting things done. Between working full-time, commuting almost four hours a day, and having a household to maintain, my time … Continue reading