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Dec 30 2013

The Day of a Thousand Parenting Fails

By at 10:14 am

personal organizer "don't forget"

It’s not even 11 a.m. and already it has been the “Day of A Thousand F*ckups.”

I’m not a naturally organized person, as I’ve mentioned before. Being a mom to five kids, therefore, has been a true test of whether a person can change. And to a certain extent, I have. I now do crazy things like planning out the week’s dinner menus in advance. I make shopping lists before going to the store rather than just purchasing what seems interesting. I even bought a calendar to hang on the wall. I can’t always find a pen, but I’m getting there.

And yet, my disorganized, where-the-hell-is-my-other-sock self is not gone. It is only hidden. And when that self comes out, watch out.

Today is apparently that day. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 5 2013

When Parenting Starts to Feel like Junior High

By at 3:58 pm

Dear Mom in Music Class,

For a brief second last week, I wanted to punch you in the face. True story.

Sure, I’m an overtired and overworked mom of four kids. I’ll concede that maybe I was a little closer to the tipping point than a normal, well-rested human being would be.

But when I came into the room and said “Hi!” to you, and you slowly and deliberately looked me up and down and then turned back to your friend, not saying hi, there was A Moment.

It was the kind of moment in which crimes are committed: a blinding flash of red rage that makes ears hot and blood boil. It was brief, and then it passed.

But in that moment, I swear: I wanted to put down my toddler, walk over to you and Punch. You. In. The Face. In my mind, I ran through a scenario that made that scene with Lucy Liu and Uma Thurman in Kill Bill look…well, like toddler music class.

In my brain, I Quentin Tarantinoed your ass. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 19 2011

Setting the Table

By at 9:43 am

Cooking together is such a luxury.

The kitchen table is a lot more than just a few planks of wood. It’s where memories are made, traditions are continued, and families spend time together. It’s actually one of the most important pieces of furniture in your house.

And, if you’re anything like me, getting dinner on that table can be difficult. Balancing taking care of my daughter with wanting to cook healthy, local, affordable food that everyone wants to eat (including the picky toddler) is really hard. I’ve been trying lots of different techniques–from using the slow cooker to making lots of food on Sunday to eat throughout the week–but sometimes I wish I had someone to tell me exactly what and how to make it all happen.

And sometimes, wishes come true. Enter Hazon‘s Setting the Table, a new program happening here in Brooklyn (again, our apologies to those who don’t live in our esteemed borough). If you’re an expectant parent or have a child ages 0-2, you’re eligible for this awesome series. It’s four cooking classes taught by experienced chef (and local mom), Molly Weingrod. They’ll teach you how to think about cooking for your family, how to cook together, and even what kind of food to buy. You’ll think about what it means to cook sustainable and healthy food, and learn about how that can have a positive impact on your family. You’ll make meals to eat that night at class, and have leftovers to take home and freeze for when you need them. And if you’re a parent, you know that having ready-to-go food in the freezer is key.

There’s a November session and a December session, but the spots are filling up quickly, so sign up now! Families who took the class this past spring were surprised by how amazing it was to actually cook together–they’d cooked for each other, but never with each other. Turns out it’s pretty special. Look at how happy that real-life couple in the photo is!

After I learned about this program, they’d totally convinced me to sign up. Who’s with me?

Sep 21 2011

Come Sing With Kveller in Brooklyn

By at 1:31 pm

Last week, we kicked off our first ever Kveller singalong in Brooklyn with the amazing brother and sister duo Ora and Yoshie Fruchter of Yellow Sneaker Productions. We expected 5 or 6 kids to show up and instead we got 45! Plus their parents and babysitters. Hey, we’re not complaining. There were songs sung, puppets puppeteered, and guitars strum. And we’re doing it all over again tomorrow. For those of you in Brooklyn, please come join us.

What: Kveller Singalong

Where: Two Boots Brooklyn, a great local pizza and Cajun food joint. 514 2nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.

When: Thursdays from 10:00 – 10:45 am (We will meet every Thursday between September 15 and December 10, except for September 29 and October 13.)

Check out the video above for a glimpse of last week’s craziness.

We can’t wait to see you there. For more info, email

Sep 13 2011

Come Jam With Kveller in Brooklyn

By at 8:34 pm

One of the stars of our new weekly singalong, Joey the Kangaroo.

Most of the things we do here at Kveller are online. We are a website, after all.

But recently we got to thinking…what would Kveller look like in person? So here’s one idea. Starting THIS THURSDAY, September 15, we’re hosting a weekly drop-in singalong for parents of kids ages 0-4 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. (Many apologies to those who don’t live nearby! But it will be worth the trip.) It will be led by the phenomenal Ora and Yoshie Fruchter, a Brooklyn-based guitar-playing and puppet-acting duo. (Want a puppet sneak peek? Check out our Purim video).

A little music, a few stories, and a lot of fun for parents and kids. We can’t wait to see you there. For more info, email

Where: Two Boots Brooklyn, a great local pizza and Cajun food joint. 514 2nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.

When: Thursdays from 10:00 – 10:45 am (We will meet every Thursday between September 15 and December 10, except for September 29 and October 13.)

Jan 20 2011

It’s Not Just About The Borscht

By at 9:38 am

russia and brooklyn

I live in one of the most family friendly neighborhoods in New York City. So domestic that one website blamed it for the semi-recent breakup of Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal (MOT!) because they just weren’t ready for the pregnancy/baby/dog-loving vibe.

So I’m used to seeing playgroups, music classes, baby swim lessons, baby yoga, mommy yoga, mommy and baby yoga, toddler yoga…anything that you can dream up for a child, it exists here in Park Slope. And I hear about all of it on what some call the Brooklyn Mafia, the Park Slope Parents listserv. But I hadn’t seen this yet. Starting on Sunday, January 23, there’s a Mommy & Me class for Russian-speaking Jewish parents called TotTussovka. Personally, I’ve always been really intrigued by Russian Jewry. My great-grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Russia in the early 1900’s, and I grew up in the era of campaigns to support Soviet Jewry. The band Safam wrote a song called Leaving Mother Russia and I used to blast this anthem (on tape) in my room. (Yes, I am a Jewish dork. If you, unlike me, were less dorky in the 80’s, you can find everything you need to know about the Soviet Jewry movement in Gal Beckerman’s book, When They Come For Us We’ll Be Gone).

Though I’m not really into borscht. Strange, I know.

Anyway, the point is, I’m totally excited about these classes. It seems that there’s a huge Russian Jewish population here in brownstone Brooklyn, and they want their kids to have a high-quality program focused on arts and culture. TotTussovka is sponsored by the Jewish Community House of Brooklyn and the UJA-Federation of New York.

Here’s what they have to say about it: “Instill a love for Russian language and Jewish traditions in your child through interactive play in a fun and imaginative environment. Each sixty minute program is led by a bilingual musician/educator who sings and plays an instrument.  You and your child will love our Russian sing along, storytelling time, imaginative play, language activities, dancing, and games.”

They had an event a couple of months ago with a famous Russian artist named Zhenya Plechkina, and they plan to do additional holiday programs throughout the spring. They want you to pre-register, because space is limited.

I kind of really wish I spoke Russian.


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