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
Jul 16 2012
Do Kids Raised by Nannies Really Turn Out OK?
The NY Times Magazine cover article this past weekend was called, “The Other Mothers of Manhattan.” In my opinion, the photos were romanticized and at the same time, bleak, and the essay was trite and superficial. Well, you want to … Continue reading