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Apr 4 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: April 1-4

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-My Exodus: Emerging From The Financial Ruin of Divorce Better and Stronger. Many readers were moved by Pia Kutten’s strength and optimism in this piece about going through a difficult divorce followed by financial trouble and eventual foreclosure on her home.

-As My Son Turns 18, Looking Back On a Life With Autism. A mom recalls the first 18 years of her son’s life with autism. With time, she learned to change her expectations for him, accepting that he would never serve in the Israeli army and would not celebrate his 18th birthday with a daiquiri, as she had.

-Mayim Bialik: Why Knott’s Berry Farm Is So Much Better Than Disneyland. Between the vegan food options, smaller crowds, and Snoopy, Mayim recommends Knott’s Berry Farm over Disneyland any day.

-My Husband and I Switched Sides of the Bed (and Our Marriage Survived!). This one little trick managed to liven up one woman’s daily routine and change her outlook on life completely.

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Mar 28 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: March 23-28

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-Kveller Story About Boy’s Leg Amputation Gets the Media Spotlight. Two Kveller posts made viral status this week. The first was the incredible story of Amit Vigoda, who, due to a chronic orthopedic condition, begged his mom to have his leg amputated. The story got picked up by ABC News, FOX News, CNN, Daily Mail, and New York Daily News. 

-The second story, which went viral this week on social media, was Alina Adam‘s smart commentary on why New York City’s top high school only accepted seven black students this year and why the school’s controversial admissions test should stay.

-If You Don’t Vaccinate, Keep Your Kids Away From My Baby. This topic ignited a heated debate in the comments section. Vaccinations are on everyone’s mind now because of the recent measles outbreak in New York City.

-Mayim Bialik: Here’s to Those Who Empower People with Special Needs. Mayim explained how her father, a public school teacher, inspired her to support organizations that empower people with special needs. Many readers connected deeply with this piece and appreciated Mayim’s shoutout for the cause.

-After Much Thought, We Finally Made a Decision About Jewish Day School. Kveller contributing editor Carla Naumberg and her husband spent a long time deliberating about whether or not to send their daughter to day school. Many Kvellers related to Carla’s struggle and applauded her decision.

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Mar 21 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: March 17-21

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-Though I Dropped Orthodoxy, This Passover I Will Celebrate with My Orthodox Wife & Kids. Many were moved by this story about an Orthodox dad who lost his faith, but is determined to keep his family together. Find out how he and his wife explain their new family arrangement to their young daughters.

-Mayim Bialik: My Boys Finally Had Their First Movie Theater Experience. Mayim has come around on the whole “no movies” thing. She saw “The Lego Movie” with The Ex and her boys and it was so great it made her cry!

-What Not To Say to Your Friend Who is Adopting. This post touched a nerve in many readers, especially those struggling with fertility issues and considering adoption. Carrie tackles misconceptions and offers some suggestions about what people CAN say to a friend who is adopting.

-Forget the Vacuum Cleaner: 10 Things Moms Actually Need in Minivans. Apparently Jordana is not the only mom who is unsatisfied with the features available in modern minivans. Many readers weighed in on Jordana’s proposed “slapping arm” and “Purell-dispensing door handles.”

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Mar 14 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: March 10-14

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-When Your Friend is Pregnant, Sometimes it Hurts. Inspired by last week’s post by Rachel Minkowsky about struggling to find the words to comfort a friend who is struggling with infertility, Rabbi Carrie Vogel wrote this thoughtful response, which spoke to the experience of many readers.

-Can a Christian Mother Raise a Jewish Child? Yes, but It’s Complicated. There was a great response to this lovely piece by Eleanor Harrison about her daughter’s experience in Jewish Day School and straddling the line between Judaism and Christianity.

-Mayim Bialik: After An Abnormal Week, A Normal Weekend With My Boys. Everyone adored the photos of Mayim’s VERY normal weekend, especially when a jar of tomato sauce refused to cooperate. We’ve all been there.

-Choosing to Have My Son’s Leg Amputated Was The Most Difficult Decision I’ve Ever Made. This incredible story about a boy and his mom and dad collectively deciding to have his leg amputated, moved many readers. Some parents who have had to make similar choices for  their children chimed in with words of support.

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Mar 7 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: March 2-7

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-Mayim Bialik: Despite Findings of the Latest Study, Breast is Still Best. Predictably, there was a huge response to Mayim’s rebuttal to Jordana’s post about the latest breastfeeding sibling study, which suggests that breastfeeding benefits were overstated.

-Every Time My Son Eats a Cheeseburger at Daycare, It Makes My Mother Cringe. This piece about the reifications of keeping kosher in the home touched a nerve in readers. What do you do when your child’s daycare serves cheeseburgers for lunch?

-Minimalist Parenting: Another Trend I Don’t Have the Time For. Many readers chimed about this frugal parenting fad. According to Elissa Strauss, even scouring free stuff comes with a price.

-How Can I Comfort My Friend Struggling with Infertility? This thoughtful piece by Rachel Minkowsky about trying to relate to her close friend who is struggling to conceive generated a lot of discussion on Facebook and the Raising Kvell blog.

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Feb 28 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 24-28

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-Dear Media People: Quit Using the Word “Adoption”. There was a huge response to Amanda’s plea to the media to stop differentiating between biological and adopted children, with many adoptees, adoptive parents and advocates weighing in. “Parenting is parenting,” she writes. Amen to that.

-Mayim Bialik: What I Told My Inner Child Before Going on The Howard Stern Show. In case you missed it, Mayim killed it on the Howard Stern show this week–and lived to tell about it! Here’s what she had to tell herself before going on the show.

-Facebook “Likes” Are Great, But How Can We Help Children like Colin Make Friends? Many readers connected with this piece about Colin, a boy with special needs, who struggled to make friends in school and then unknowingly became a Facebook sensation.

-When I Finally Developed My Daughter’s Camera, Her Photos Took My Breath Away. This lovely essay by Sarah Wildman about seeing the world through her daughter’s eyes is a must-read. And all it took was a simple USB cable.

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Feb 21 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 18-21

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-Top 7 Highlights from Mayim Bialik’s Appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Mayim reflects in on her recent appearance on Bill Maher, during which they discussed–in addition to her new cookbook–controversial topics such as attachment parenting, Gwyneth Paltrow, and whether the Torah is wicked.

-My Daughter Wants To Know Who Her Father Is. Many readers connected with Shaindy’s moving account about what it is like to raise her daughter alone, without the help of her daughter’s dad. On filling the roles of both mother and father.

-My Local Kosher Market is Closing & I’m Part of the Reason Why. Cara’s piece about the shuttering of West Hartford’s beloved kosher supermarket struck a chord with Jewish residents of West Hartford and elsewhere who have watched their local Kosher food providers fold to corporate giants like Target and Wal-mart.

-Managing Motherhood & Depression Means Asking For Help. Risa wrote a wonderful essay about managing clinical depression while raising her daughter–and knowing when to ask for help.

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Feb 14 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 9-14

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-My Daughter’s Birth Left Me Scarred, But How Can I Grieve? Her baby was healthy, but, after a complicated c-section, she felt like she had been “hit by a truck.” This heart-wrenching essay by Rachel Minkowsky about healing after traumatic childbirth sparked an heated debate among readers.

-Despite Racy Lyrics, Mayim Still Lets Her Sons Listen to Pop Music… In Moderation. Though she raised her boys on Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Mayim’s sons keep requesting Drake, Macklemore and Mylie Cyrus, with some awful, awful lyrics. Do you let your kids listen to pop music?

-Why Do We Keep Telling Our Kids “You’re OK”? Another controversial opinion this week had readers split right down the middle. Rachel Stein’s piece questions why parents don’t agknowledge children’s pain when they are hurt or scared.

-Jewish Day Camp Was No Problem for my Daughter with Special Needs. Sally Gottesman submitted a lovely essay as part of our Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (JDAM) series about sending 7-year-old her daughter with special needs to Jewish day camp.

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Feb 7 2014

Hits of the Week from Kveller: Feb 3-7

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-Two-kid world vs. Orthodox World. A fascinating pair of posts this week explore the challenges of having a large family when societal expectations differ wildly from place to place. Jordana described how her suburban New Jersey enclave does understand or even try to accommodate her five-kid brood, while Ruchi responded with her experiences raising seven children in an Orthodox community, where large families are the norm.

-Ten Ways Winter Makes Moms Feel Crappy About Themselves.  Tamara’s post about all the inevitable kid disasters that occur in winter that make us feel like substandard parents resonated with a lot of readers. Between gloves that never stay on, germaphobia, and endless T.V. marathons, this winter just won’t let up! Stay warm, people–we’ll get through this together.

-Mayim Heads to Kentucky for her Biggest Speaking Engagement Yet. The actress talks acting, academia and neuroscience at Morehead State University for 3000 people. She also jogged in frigid temperatures!

-My Son on the Autistic Spectrum is Going to Day School. Benay shares her success at mainstreaming her little boy into a Jewish day school, despite her earlier predictions. This week, he celebrated his first siddur ceremony–Mazel Tov, Benay!

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Jan 17 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Jan 13-17

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#ThrowbackThursday with Mayim Bialik and Cyndi Lauper. This is the best #TBT ever. Here’s an adorable picture of 10-year-old Mayim posing with Cyndi Lauper in overalls on Melrose.

14 Things You Should Know Before Getting Married. Renee and her husband just celebrated their 40th anniversary. In light of their long and successful marriage, she put together a list of all the things married people should know before saying “I do.”

I’m Glad to Be Done with Breastfeeding. Jordana is officially done with breastfeeding. Because even if “breast is best,” if it’s driving mama clinically insane, that’s not best for anyone.

Top 10 Ways to Respond to People Who Ask if You’re Pregnant (When You’re Not). Ever been asked if you were pregnant when you weren’t? We asked our readers how they would respond to such a bold question, and the results were hilarious!

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