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Sep 9 2014

Howard Stern Talked About Joan Rivers’ Vagina at Her Funeral

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Oh, Joan. The reason we love her so much is because she was never afraid to blurt out what we all were thinking–especially when it came to motherhood, childbirth, and all things vaginal.

So it was only appropriate that Howard Stern deliver a quintessentially Joan-esque eulogy at her star-studded funeral at Temple Emanu-el on the Upper East Side of Manhattan this past Sunday.

On her website, comedian Margaret Cho, who was at the funeral, described what happened after Howard’s opening line, “Joan had a dry pussy.” Read more →



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Sep 9 2014

Seven Steps to Potty Train Your Toddler in a Weekend

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Potty training time: A major milestone for both you and your child, but a lot more work than coaxing out that first gummy smile. Potty training can take weeks, months, or even years to master.

However, there are several reasons why you may want to try a quicker, more focused, and streamlined potty training method for your ready-yet-potty-resistant-kid. Maybe he’s starting preschool and they have a potty policy; maybe a new sibling is on the way; or maybe you are both just ready to move on with this growing-up business and think a little independence can be an emotionally healthy thing.

Plus, you know, diapers. Am I right? Read more →



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Sep 9 2014

I’m Freaked Out by the School Bus Horror Stories on Social Media

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I have watched the stream of first-day-of-school photos flood social media these last couple of weeks, and all these beautiful, shiny children, smiling with carefully chosen too-large-to-fail backpacks have made me look forward to my son starting school next year.

To me, the defining moment of my son’s first day of school will be when I watch him get on the bus and wave goodbye until the bus turns the corner. Until a few days ago, my biggest qualm about him getting on the bus was that I didn’t know how I could put on a brave face when all I will probably want to do is cry.

But when the bus horror stories started popping up in my newsfeed, I started to have a lot more second thoughts about putting him on the bus. The anecdotes I heard from mothers I personally know include: Read more →



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Sep 9 2014

Are Smart Women Less Likely to Have Babies?

By at 10:15 am

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A paper published recently in a social science journal explored the correlation between intelligence and childlessness and determined, “One standard-deviation increase in childhood general intelligence (15 IQ points) decreases a woman’s odds of parenthood by 21–25 percent. Because women have a greater impact on the average intelligence of future generations, the dysgenic fertility among women is predicted to lead to a decline in the average intelligence of the population in advanced industrial nations.”

Naturally, in the popular press, this was boiled down to the headline: Smart Women Don’t Have Babies.

When I sent the link to my husband, I wrote: “Duh. It’s a very unpleasant process.” Read more →



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Sep 8 2014

Free Stuff Alert: Win a Semester of KesheTot Classes in Brooklyn

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IAC-giveaway Living with little ones in New York? Looking for a community of fellow Jewish parents with an Israeli flair? Then you need to check out IAC KesheTot, an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old.

At KesheTot, programming varies week to week, but includes art, music, stories, and movement. Families also celebrate Jewish holidays together in a uniquely Israeli way. Each session includes open play time with toys and gym equipment. It is also features story time and an age-appropriate music class. IAC KesheTOT is conducted exclusively in Hebrew and run by Israeli teachers. This unique program is great fit for Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike. Classes meet at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn.

If this sounds as good to you as it does to us, you’re in luck: We’re giving away one free semester membership for one child, a $250 value. To enter, fill out the form below and we’ll choose a random winner next Monday, September 15th. In the meantime, to learn more about KesheTot and register for this coming semester, check out their website here. For more information, contact Sivan Ben Nun at sivan@israeliamerican.org.

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Sep 8 2014

How Queen Elsa Helps My Anxious Daughter Let It Go

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Just like millions of little girls and boys across this country, my daughter is pretty enthused about the movie “Frozen.” Obsessed, really. She runs through the hallways with her long blue cape (or, more specifically, my formerly-favorite scarf that I got on our honeymoon to Italy) flowing in waves from her shoulders, leaping and singing “for the first time in forever….” She has refused to be called anything but Queen Elsa at dinner on more than one occasion. Every Lego tower built is now “The Frozen Ice Castle.”

But, I think for her, singing, “Let it Go” is more than just about being a girly 4-year-old who is embracing her high-heeled-fancy-shmancy-princess-loving stage. For Noa, “Let It Go” has become an anthem.

At 3 years old, Noa was diagnosed with anxiety. She’d always had a rough time: Breastfeeding was a struggle, complete with emergency weaning at nine months, Noa refusing to let anyone but me hold her for the first full year of her life, nutritional therapy because she wouldn’t eat, and the list goes on. Now it’s clear to us that she has some sensory issues, too. Noa had been a fussy baby, but at 3, her meltdowns seemed completely unmanageable and out of control. We couldn’t predict what would set her off. Once triggered, these meltdowns would last up to and sometimes over an hour. We could be anywhere and she would explode. Like a wild animal fighting for her life, Noa would scream, hit, kick, and slam her knees to the floor. We couldn’t connect with her, couldn’t reach her. She didn’t want to be held. Her eyes wouldn’t focus. She couldn’t speak. We just had to let her rage. Read more →



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Sep 8 2014

Kveller Kids Head Back to School

By at 11:39 am

Sadly, summer is over, but that means everyone is officially one grade older–and that is definitely something to kvell about! Last week, we asked you to send us your adorable first day of school pics, and you delivered. Check out our slideshow of adorable Kveller kids headed back to school:

How did the first week of school go? Let us know in the comments.

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Sep 8 2014

So You Want to Go On Vacation With Five Kids?

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Family picture par excellence.

 

About two weeks ago, I came back from a two-week family “vacation” in Europe. Our group was four adults (me, my husband, and my parents) and my five children–three of them aged 3 and under. Nine suitcases, two of them duffel bags full of diapers, wipes, bottles, and baby food. And three strollers.

It was wonderful. And I have only just now recovered from it.

Have you ever fantasized about taking a big trip with your little ones? If so, read on for some unsolicited advice. Read more →



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Sep 5 2014

Why is Gwyneth Paltrow Converting to Judaism?

By at 3:52 pm

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Last we checked, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were consciously uncoupling, recoupling, and uncoupling again. Now Gwyneth has dropped a new bombshell: she’s converting–to Judaism!

Wait a minute–wasn’t she already Jewish? Isn’t that’s why we’ve been covering the Gwyneth beat since Kveller’s inception? Well, Wikipedia confirms that her filmmaker dad, Bruce Paltrow, was a Jew, while her mother, Blythe Danner, is a Christian. Gwyneth was raised both Jewish and Christian, which she’s said, “was such a nice way to grow up.”

Page Six explains that since Gwyneth has taken an interest in Kabbalah several years ago, she’s been rediscovering her Jewish roots: Read more →



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Sep 5 2014

ScarJo Welcomes Baby Girl, Rose Dorothy!

By at 12:59 pm

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A huge mazel tov is in order–or should we say felicitations?

Scarlett Johansson (with a little help from her French journalist Romain Dauriac) just birthed a French-Jewish baby girl in New York City–presumably with gorgeous voluptuous lips like her mom.

The baby has the most adorable old person’s name, Rose Dorothy (coincidently two Golden Girls), named for Scarlett’s grandmother, whom the actress has described as “the first Francophone in my family.” Read more →



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