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Jul 17 2014

Are We Too Prudish About Kids’ Public Nudity?

By at 11:01 am

Beach-nudity

Being a very young kid in Southern California in the 1970s meant lots of beach time. It also meant minimal bathing suit wearing until around the age of 4 or so.

No one made anything of it. Maybe my grandparents had seen everything during the many summers spent in the crush of humanity on Coney Island, and a couple of naked small kids was par for the course. My parents have family photos of one particular beach excursion with visiting relatives, our smartly solar-phobic Great Aunt Lil completely covered up while my sister and I rocked our birthday suits. I love those faded, orange-hued pictures. (A teenager would probably ask which Instagram filter we used.)

That was then. This is now. Americans historically don’t have a laid back attitude when it comes to public nudity compared to say, Europe. But based on a couple recent experiences I had trying to quickly change my kids at public parks, I think our puritanical ways have hit new levels of intensity.  Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 4 2012

Hello San Diego!

By at 11:54 am
San Diego

San Diego needs our help.

Our friends in San Diego are launching a new Jewish parenting program called Pachie’s Place. And they need your help. The mission of Pachie’s Place (a program of Jewish Family Service of San Diego) is to empower parents to be more confident, informed, and connected through education, events, and online resources.

They are planning to launch in a few months, but first, they want your input. While the programs are in San Diego, they’re interested in hearing from folks around the country.

Click the following link to access the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YBNGM8F

You will be entered into a drawing to win a family membership to either the San Diego Botanical Gardens, the Fleet Science Center, or The New Children’s Museum.

Trip to San Diego, anyone?

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