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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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Jan 10 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Jan 6-10

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What Mayim Bialik Learned From Her Day as a Model. Mayim isn’t one to show skin and take orders, but for this photographer, she obliged. Mayim shares five things she’s learned during her magazine photo shoot.

Tell Your Friends #WhatILikeAboutYou. Jordana started a Facebook movement this week when she wrote a compliment for each friend that “liked” her status. Her piece reminds us that the simple act of giving a compliment is so valued, and should’t be so rare.

Infertility is Not a Competition. Risa shares her story of getting IVF, inculcating that the sisterhood bond of “infertility” should not include one-upping each other with an “I had a worse IV experience than you” story.

Oh, The Wacky Adjustments I Make For My Baby.  All first time Mama’s can relate to Ilana’s story of going above and beyond for their baby, which of course, compromises her and her husband’s sleep and eating habits.

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Jan 3 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 30 – Jan 3

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Top 10 Most Popular Kveller Posts of 2013. Happy New Year! We rounded up the 10 most widely read Kveller posts of 2013; from placentas to bar mitzvahs and so much more.

- Mayim Bialik and the Kids Take Israel. Mayim decided to take her sons to Israel for 10 days, and she shares her plans for hummus, time at the Kotel, and meeting a fellow Kvellerite.

- Finally a Disney Movie That’s Not About Boy-Girl Love. Tova took her son to a snowy movie showing of Disney’s Frozen, and was pleased to find out this wasn’t a typical boy-saves-girl princess story. Disney finally gets it right!

- The Day of a Thousand Parenting Fails. Jordana, mom of five, has one of those days filled with total disorganization and self-deprecating moments.

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Dec 20 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 16 – 20

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Superman Sam & The Power of Social Media. Ken Gordon shares his heartfelt reaction to the death of 8-year-old boy Samuel Sommer, and the connection he built with “Superman Sam” by following his story on social media.

- Three Reasons Mayim Isn’t Bummed About Not Celebrating Christmas. Mayim appreciates the merriment of Christmas, but is more than pleased with the amount of Jewish holidays she gets to observe. Read three reasons she is cool with being a non-Christmas mama.

- How My Mom Friends Became My Real Friends. When Jen had a baby, she was advised like many others to find “mom friends.” Guess what? She did, and now they are life long and irreplaceable.

The Day Two Women at the Dollar Store Changed My Way of Thinking. After overhearing a conversation in the supermarket about a mother who wasn’t getting enough formula through WIC, Sharrona felt over-privileged and angered. Her piece calls attention to the number of mother’s struggling just to nourish their child.

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Dec 13 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 8 -13

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- Five Reasons Why Mayim Bialik Doesn’t Believe in Sleep Training. Mayim tells us five reasons she doesn’t believe in sleep training, and recommends some alternative ways to deal with your kids’ sleep.

- Let’s Help NPR Find The Owner of This Bat Mitzvah T-Shirt from 1993. This week NPR announced a search for a 1993 Bat Mitzvah T-shirt they found in a market in Africa. We helped in cracking the case, and got a spotlight on MSNBC!

- 36 Rabbis Are Shaving Their Heads for Pediatric Cancer Research.  A group of more than 36 rabbis are joining together to shave their heads in a bold effort to support pediatric cancer research. The fundraiser is spearheaded by Kveller contributor, Rabbi Rebecca Schorr.

- I’ve Been Talking to My Son About Death Since the Day He Was Born. Jennifer makes a powerful case for telling your children about their beloved family members that have passed at an early age, as opposed to shielding them from the scary and inevitable conversation about death.

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Dec 6 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 2 – 6

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- Eight Things Mayim is Thankful for This Hanukkah. Mayim made a list of eight things she’s grateful for this year–including her fairly pleasant relationship with her ex, celebrating Hanukkah with her ex’s mom, and of course, Kveller.

Seven Tidbits That Will Make You See the “Sound of Music” in a New Light. In light of The Sound of Music Live! that aired on NBC Thursday, Alina put her Media Studies degree to work with a list of fun and surprising facts about the making of the film.

- Interview with Interesting Jews: Ido Kedar, 17-Year-Old Author of “Ido in Autismland.” Tracy Kedar sat down to interview her remarkable 17-year-old son, Ido, who lives with severe autism. As a writer, blogger, and tireless advocate for autism, Ido’s first book, Ido in Autismland, is now widely used to educate others on non-verbal autism.

- Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot, the actress, model, and former Miss Israel contestant has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Warner Bros. sequel to Man of Steel.

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