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About: Renee Septimus
Full Name Renee Septimus
Renee Septimus
Renée Septimus is a social worker and Jewish educator. She lives with her husband Joe on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and is the very proud mom of four married children and a savta (that's Hebrew for grandmother) to a (growing) bunch of absolutely perfect grandchildren!

Posts by Renee Septimus:

  • Oct 17 2012
    Do Kids These Days Have Any Manners?

    Oy. Did I cringe reading the piece in the Sunday’s New York Times about the bad behavior at bar and bat mitzvahs! A shanda! (Although why the Times thought that article was worthy of publication has me bewildered.) I’ve been to … Continue reading


  • Sep 19 2012
    Yom Kippur: A Time for Some Serious Thinking

    Jessica Hoffman’s recent post about her favorite children’s story, The Apple Tree’s Discovery, made me think about my favorite children’s book, Yussel’s Prayer. I did not go to shul (synagogue) for about 20 years as my children were growing up. … Continue reading


  • Sep 4 2012
    Maternity Leave Isn’t Fair

    No one wants to consider pregnancy and birth as “illnesses” and yet maternity leave is, for working women, the equivalent of prolonged sick leave. I have a problem with that. Although women do need to recuperate from birth, and need … Continue reading


  • Aug 31 2012
    One Day, You’ll Want to Remember

    Close your eyes. Relax. Focus on your breath. Be present. Be in the moment. Those directions for meditation could well apply to parenthood. It goes fast. It really, really goes fast. Be present so that one day you’ll remember, and … Continue reading


  • Aug 14 2012
    The Importance of a Good Pediatrician

    I just learned that Dr. B., the pediatrician who took care of my children, died in January. He was the senior partner in a four man group when I first walked into the office with my 8-month-old daughter, my first … Continue reading


  • Aug 13 2012
    Would You Want Your Kids on a Wheaties Box?

    We all love Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and the rest of the USA women’s gymnastics team. They were the only team I tried to catch when they performed. I don’t enjoy watching sports, but I love ballet and I am … Continue reading


  • Aug 9 2012
    Am I the Boring Grandmother?

    So I’m hoping I’m not the “boring grandmother.” My machatenista (Yiddish, your child’s mother-in-law) has three boys and, reliving a happy part of their youth, and hers, loudly cheers on our grandsons at their Little League games. I couldn’t stand … Continue reading


  • Aug 1 2012
    How Did You Turn Out?

    Kveller readers, I have two questions based on recent responses to blog posts: 1. Did your mothers deliver you with or without pain relief and were you breastfed or bottle fed? 2. How’d you turn out? I am assuming that … Continue reading


  • Jul 23 2012
    Epidural or Not, Giving Birth is the Easy Part

    I loved Jordana’s piece on epidurals so much that I wish I had written it! As a matter of fact, my son said he kept checking the byline because it sounded so much like me! I am with you, Jordana! … Continue reading


  • Jul 17 2012
    How Did My Great Grandmother Do It?

    There is a poignant scene at the end of the Torah portion, Toldot. Rivka (Rebecca) has helped her son Yaakov (Jacob) steal the birthright from his older brother Esav by deceiving their blind father. Rivka sends her son to her … Continue reading


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