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Jun 17 2013

Father’s Day Recap: Dads with Kids!

By at 3:46 pm

If your Facebook was anything like ours, it seems the new Father’s Day tradition is to post as many cute pictures of dads and kids as you can. We asked you send in your favorite photos over the weekend, and you definitely delivered in the cute department! Check out the slideshow below to see amazing photos of dads with kids–from then and now. If you’d like to add your own picture to the slideshow, it’s not too late to send them to Enjoy!

Jun 15 2013

Being an Involved Dad is Totally Trending Right Now

By at 8:34 pm

father's day involved dadsIf Father’s Day and Mother’s Day threw down in a commercialized holiday ultimate fighting championship, Mother’s Day would serve up a knock out win, hands down. Using the greeting card aisle as the litmus test, mothers are honored for selflessness and beauty while fathers are honored for farting and grilling. Mothers are pampered and fathers are mocked in a time where Y chromosomes are stepping up and into the parenting arena like never before. What used to be touted as novel, hands-on fathering is now just considered: being a dad.

Here we are in the middle of viral posts and best-selling theories about how to have it all, do more with less, and bend over backwards transcending physics to prove we can truly be in two (or five) places at once without anyone suffering. But one of the major accomplishments of our generation is the blurring of gender roles in child rearing. How can we celebrate what women are doing in the workplace without honoring what men are doing at home? Al Bundy didn’t cook a meal or clear a plate and now if Daddy isn’t changing diapers you better believe he’s getting the stare down. (in addition to producing the most adorable PSA on the planet) reports that almost 90% of today’s dads spend more time with their children than their own fathers did with them. Being a dad, more importantly being an involved dad is, dare I say it–trending. Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 14 2013

Happy Father’s Day! Now Send Us Your Photos

By at 1:41 pm
My dad rockin' a killer 80s mustache.

My dad rockin’ a killer 80s mustache.

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and while there’s no denying that most of Kveller’s readers and bloggers are, in fact, mothers, we’d be remiss not to honor the dads in our lives.

So, we’re asking you to hit up the camera this weekend and take some pictures of dads with kids. Or, hit up the old photo albums (ah, the good old days when those still existed) and find your favorite pictures of you and your dad from when you were growing up.

Once you find your favorites, either post them on our Facebook page or email them to with “Dad Pic” in the subject line. We’ll compile them all into a slideshow that we’ll feature on the blog next week.

In the meantime, take our Famous Jewish Dads Quiz to see how well you’ve been keeping up with Jewish celebrity fathers, or check out some of the posts on our blog that are all about dads. Happy Father’s Day to all!

Jun 13 2013

When Your Child Prefers His Father Over You

By at 4:18 pm

tova ross fathers dayIt’s one of the first rules of parenting: don’t play favorites. And I don’t, really, even on those days when my daughter’s initially polite gurgles turn into screaming demands for a bottle at 5 a.m. and my son strolls downstairs closer to 9, well after I’ve had my coffee and am a cheerful–well, functioning–human being.

But when it comes to my son playing favorites (my daughter is still a baby, and thus still unversed in the art of emotional manipulation), it’s hard not to be delighted when I am clearly the preferred parent. There were always certain things–breakfast, shopping trips, snuggling, and especially bedtime stories–that were entirely my domain. And I liked it that way. Our home was Mommyland and I was the queen, minus the Corgis and inflated salary. It wasn’t so much being picked over my husband, really, that gave me a rush, but being so utterly adored and needed and the only one who could kiss a skinned knee, clean and bandage it, and make it all better.

Few of us can deny loving being needed, and fewer can deny the exceptional high that comes from being so unabashedly admired. Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 12 2013

Why We Don’t Celebrate Mother’s Day, but Do Celebrate Father’s Day

By at 10:00 am

father's dayI have never liked having a fuss made over me. I skipped both my high school and my college graduation ceremonies because I didn’t see a point to the long-winded, tedious ritual (held outside in the heat, no less). My husband and I got married at City Hall, because I felt the same way about weddings. (Maybe I inherited the trait from my own mother. Whenever we go to a friend’s wedding, she always tells my husband and I, “Thank you so much for not putting me through this.”)  Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 1 2013

Kveller’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

By at 9:40 pm

Father’s Day is just two weeks away, which means if you’re anything like us, you haven’t quite figured out what to get the dad in your life. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas to get you started.

secondbutton custom shirt

Classic Dad
You can never go wrong with a new shirt for dad, unless he doesn’t actually like it. Let him design his own with a custom-tailored shirt from SecondButton ($80). Kveller readers get a 10% discount by using the code “Kveller” at checkout.

Abraham & Isaac & Jacob T-shirt

Jewish Jokester Dad
If your dad is more of a Jewish jokester who appreciates a witty t-shirt, check out this awesome Abraham & Isaac & Jacob Jewish Patriarch t-shirt ($24). All the cool Jewish dads are wearing it.

jewish jocks

Sports Lover Dad
No matter what his team, the sports loving dad will love Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame ($18.27) which explores Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters, trainers, and even team owners.

iphone photo printer

Techy Dad
If Dad is the family iPhone photog, he’ll be thrilled to learn there’s an easy way to print all those pictures of the little ones. Plop your phone onto the Photo Cube iPhone Color Printer ($129.61) and voila.

cardamam coffee

Caffiene-Dependent Dad
Is dad not fully human until he’s had his morning coffee? If so, try this awesome and very intense authentic Nachle Israeli black coffee spiced with cardamom ($10).

Kveller is part of a not-for-profit organization and receives a percentage of the proceeds of any purchase you make using our links. Wishing a happy Father’s Day to you and any dads in your life!

May 30 2013

Father’s Day: Special Offer for Our Readers

By at 3:56 pm

secondbutton-gift-guideThis Father’s Day, we’re teaming up with SecondButton, a men’s bespoke shirtmaker in New York City, to make sure the dads in your life are well taken care of. If you want to give Dad a shirt he’s guaranteed to love, surely your best bet is to let him design it!

At the SecondButton website, you can design your own custom men’s shirt, choosing everything from the basic style to color, pattern, and little things you could never even think of like button thread color and style of cuff (what’s his style, double button or French?).

These custom shirts cost $80, but all Kveller readers can get a 10% discount just for being awesome. To claim, just use the code “Kveller” at checkout. And if you’re feeling lucky, we’re running a giveaway through next Wednesday, June 5th, which you can enter here.

Happy shopping, happy designing, and most importantly, happy Father’s Day!

Go to SecondButton to get your custom shirts today!


May 29 2013

Free Stuff Alert: Custom Tailored Shirt for the Dad in Your Life

By at 12:06 pm

secondbutton shirtsWhat’s two and a half weeks away and not a Jewish holiday? Father’s Day, of course! If you’re looking for a special gift for any of the dads in your life, consider sprucing up his look with a custom shirt from SecondButton, a men’s bespoke shirtmaker in New York City.

If the shirts from the store never fit quite right, or you can’t find that ideal look, SecondButton lets you custom design your own shirts, letting you choose everything from the style, fabric, and collar style to buttons, pockets, and thread color. Whether he’s looking for a classic look or something a little more funky, SecondButton can help you out.

In honor of Father’s Day, we’ll be giving away one gift certificate to a lucky winner good for one custom shirt. To enter, fill out the form below. We’ll choose a random winner next Wednesday, June 5th. 

Even if you don’t win the giveaway, SecondButton is offering a 10% discount to all Kveller readers when you order a shirt from their online store. To retrieve your discount, use the code “Kveller” at checkout.

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Jun 15 2012

Happy Father’s Day, Kveller Dads

By at 3:53 pm

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and while our gift to dads came a little early this year (you do remember Dude Week, don’t you?!) we wanted to do a little something special to honor this holiday otherwise filled with new ties and tools.

The dads who have written for Kveller over our internet-life-span have been brave spokesmen in the land of so many moms, and we greatly value what they add to the mix, so we wanted to send out a big THANKS! and WE LOVE YOU! If you recall, our Mother’s Day montage was quite a bit more full, so we hope you take this virtual Father’s Day card as a certain call to action–we always, always want more dads writing for us and interacting with us on the site.

Happy Father’s Day, dads, and everyone else.

male writers of kveller

Stories of Our Fathers: The Namer & The Teacher

By at 2:06 pm

birth certicateAll this week, we’re featuringstories of great fathers collected by the Jewish Women’s Archive in honor of Father’s Day. We’ll be featuring the last two today. This first one is from Preeva Tramiel:

My father chose my name, and that cemented my connection to Judaism. He named me after his mother, Pruva, who died in Auschwitz. The “American” version of my name is Preeva, and it is on my birth certificate. Daddy took to me shul on Friday nights, and we came early so he could talk to his friends and show me off a little. He would say, “Preeva, explain your name.” And I would straighten my dress, and recite: “When God created man, on the sixth day he said to him, Pru U’Rvu Ee melu et ha’aretz, be fruitful and multiply and develop the earth. From that comes Pruva, which we pronounce here in America, Preeva.” Read the rest of this entry →


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