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Nov 5 2013

The Tooth Fairy is a Drug Pusher & Other Lessons from Kindergarten

By at 4:07 pm

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This week is Red Ribbon week at my daughter’s school, where they educate the kids on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. She is in kindergarten. It had not yet occurred to me to talk about this at home, as she is 5 YEARS OLD–but she came home yesterday with some interesting things to say.

She was given a red bracelet with the red ribbon logo on it. She told me she was not to take this bracelet off or people would try to give her drugs. She also said she had to wear this bracelet while she was sleeping, or the tooth fairy might try to give her drugs as well. Hmm, when did the tooth fairy turn into a drug pusher? Things sure have changed since I was a kid.

Some parents in the class were upset that the school was teaching the kids about drugs at such a young age, and before they themselves had a chance to broach the subject. But I was used to it. When my daughter was in full-time daycare, the school did many things with her first before I did them at home; things like weaning from the pacifier, sleeping on a cot, and toilet training. I saw the teachers as experts–after all, they have training in this; I am just an amateur. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 12 2012

Have Yourself a Vodka Latke Party

By at 4:00 pm

My favorite holiday memories revolve around my mother’s Hanukkah parties.

Three generations of Americans, Israelis, and Russians gathered in our small home by moonlight, their stories and voices and accents braiding together.

Old Hanukkah tapes would play, the almost-twangy music filling the spaces between food and loud and food and talk and food and fun.

Latkes were eaten, sufganiyot were devoured, and more than a few dreidels were spun.

My memories of these parties are golden, and their lesson equally bright: Hanukkah is meant to be a celebration. A fun one.

Today, my husband Jason and I are ready to create our own version of my mother’s parties for our (adult!) friends, with a twist.

Enter: The Vodka Latke Party. Read the rest of this entry →

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