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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:

  • 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


  • Jun 14 2012
    Mad Women

    I love the show Mad Men, and am amused that Sally Draper and I are about the same age. Nostalgia is not my reason for my being such a fan. Rather, the storytelling is great, the characters are complex, and … Continue reading


  • Jun 4 2012
    A Jewish Response to Abortion

    Last week, contributing editor Sarah Tuttle-Singer told the story of her Jewish-funded abortion in college. The following post is in response: I was attending an all women, progressive college during the time when abortion became legal in the United States. … Continue reading


  • May 30 2012
    How to (Not) Mess Up Your Kids for Life

    You cannot mess up your kids for life if you: 1. Have pain relief during labor and delivery 2. Have a caesarean section 3. Don’t use a doula or midwife 4. Give birth in a hospital with a doctor 5. Don’t … Continue reading


  • May 24 2012
    Why We Desperately Need On-Site Day Care

    Tara Filowitz Arrey just shared her day care nightmares, even before her baby is born. Now let’s hear from Renee, who proposes the perfect solution for working moms. I just saw Debbie Kolben’s December article in the Forward. (Sorry, Debbie, … Continue reading


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