Search
Follow Kveller

You are browsing the archive for news roundup.

Jun 16 2014

News Roundup: Three Kidnapped Israeli Teens Still Missing

By at 4:33 pm

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.missing-israeli-teens

-The three Israeli teens who were kidnapped on June 12 have been missing for four days now, rattling Israeli society and Jews around the world. Bibi Netanyahu and John Kerry are pointing to Hamas and demanding assistance from Mahmoud Abbas (who condemned the kidnappings). Meanwhile thousands of Israelis gathered at the Western Wall to pray for the teens, and Bibi warned that the search could “take some time.” (JTA)

-Flying with toddlers is always a living nightmare, but this story takes the cake. Basically a 3-year-old girl was forced to urinate herself because a JetBlue flight attendant wouldn’t allow her to use the bathroom while the plane was delayed on the tarmac. When the girl’s mom tried to get paper towels to wipe up the mess, the pilot turned the plane around due to a “non-compliant passenger.” (New York Daily News)

-In time for Father’s Day, a doting uncle writes about his complicated interfaith family and his relationship with his father, who came through for him when he fainted at his nephew’s bris. (The Forward)

-Mayor Bill DeBlasio offered to extend Universal Pre-K spots to private yeshiva schools in New York City, even offering to change the requirements so that the religious schools could opt-in without compromising religious education. But the Ultra-Orthodox establishment declined the mayor’s offer, and some are questioning the wisdom of that decision. (The Forward)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to you inbox.

Jun 2 2014

News Roundup: The Shocking Truth About Steve From “Blues Clues”

By at 4:51 pm

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.blues-clues

-Ever since he resigned from the show in 2002, rumors have been swirling about “Steve” from “Blues Clues.” One rumor claimed he had died from a drug overdose while another insisted he had died in a car crash. All have thoroughly been debunked. The real reason the indefatigable man-boy with a preference for striped polo shirts left the show was because 1) he joined a band and 2) he was starting to go bald–Oh, the scandal! (Huff Post)

-Judy Blume thinks parents need to chill out and stop worrying about what the kids are reading. The best selling author whose own books were banned in the ’80s, argues that kids will just “self-censor” or be bored by material that is over their heads. Her final word to her young fans: ”I say go and read. Read what you like to read.” (Telegraph)

-In this cautionary tale, Julia Fierro writes about the suspicion and distrust that followed when a photo of her pissed-off daughter somehow turned up on a meme site–and went viral. In the end, her husband’s coworker fessed up to posting the meme on Reddit to earn “karma” points. (Huff Post)

-Let’s face it, coding is the language of the future. And by next year, it will be part of many K-12 classroom curriculum across the nation, thanks to Code.org, a nation-wide push backed by major tech companies and their founders like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. (New York Times)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

May 12 2014

News Roundup: Noah Beats Jacob as Most Popular Baby Name of 2013

By at 1:32 pm

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.500-names

-Noah beat Jacob as most popular baby boys name of 2013, after a 14-year reign, according to the Social Security Administration’s recently released list.  Sophia remained in the favorite girl name spot for the third year in a row. Noah was followed by Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. Sophia was followed by Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava(AP)

(Shameless plug: If you need help choosing a name for your new baby, try Kveller’s new baby name app!)

-Doctors may be cutting you open for no reason. According to a New York Times piece, a San Francisco hospital which serves the poor has drastically lower C-section rates than other hospitals. But somehow San Francisco General has the same birth outcomes for infants and better outcomes for the mother than other hospitals. The possible reasons for this disparity are chilling. (New York Times)

-A Toronto Library denied a request to pull the Dr. Seuss classic “Hop on Pop” from shelfs after a complaint argued the children’s book encourages violence towards dads. And, thank goodness–where would children’s lit be without Dr. Seuss? (CNN)

-Literature and television fans rejoice. Anita Diamant’s ground-breaking book, “The Red Tent,” is about to become a Lifetime Network miniseries. Diamant’s best selling novel about Dina, daughter of Jacob, made waves for being a rare literary interpretation of the bible through the eyes of a woman. (JTA)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

May 5 2014

News Roundup: The Academic Gap Between Boys and Girls is Growing

By at 1:49 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this weekclassroom

-The learning and behavior gap between girls and boys is growing even faster than the gap between rich and poor children–with boys falling far behind. This has some scary implications for boys’ future earning potential. But the reasons for this trend are unclear. (New York Times)

-On a related topic, the number of stay-at-home dads in America is once again declining. One writer speculates the short-lived rise in hands-on dads was mostly a result of the bad job market during the recession. (Slate)

-Tennessee is a terrible place to be a pregnant woman. First the state declined to expand its healthcare program, and now women can be criminalized for their birth outcomes. It’s a catch 22. Seriously, ladies, stay the hell away from Tennessee. (Salon)

-Oops, your kid’s in high school and you’ve saved nothing for college! No worries. Here are eight great tips for giving your kid a great education on the cheap, from Ron Lieber, the New York Times’ money columnist.  (New York Times)

-Not all mohels are the same! This great new series interviews eight of America’s most popular mohels, highlighting their humor and individual styles. (JTA)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

Apr 28 2014

News Roundup: Why I Stopped Speaking Hebrew to My Daughter

By at 2:36 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.shin

-After three years of speaking exclusively Hebrew to his daughter while his wife spoke only English, in an attempt to raise a bilingual child, Noam Scheiber, an editor at The New Republic, explains why he gave up the effort. (The New Republic)

-Working-class single mothers should stay single, argue two sociologists in Slate. Since jobs have dried up for working-class males, for expectant working-class white women it makes more sense to raise the child alone than risk custody complications by marrying the fathers of their children who face an increasingly uncertain futures. (Slate)

-You really, really don’t want to know what’s in those chicken nuggets they serve at your child’s school. Click the link at your own risk. (Salon)

-At just 17 years old, a budding magician from Santa Rosa California is taking his magic tricks to cancer wards, even winning the 2012 DillerTeen Tikkun Olam Award for his Magic is Medicine project. (JTA)

-Slate editor Allison Benedikt weighs in on that royally stupid viral video about “The World’s Toughest Job” which paints moms as martyrs who just can’t seem to catch a break. (Slate)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

Apr 7 2014

News Roundup: Can Electroconvulsive Therapy Help Children With Autism?

By at 4:24 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

autism

-One mother shares her experience using electroconvulsive therapy to soothe her child with autism. Once debilitated by violent outbursts, today her son plays well with his siblings and is even learning Hebrew. (Slate)

-The New York Times published a guide for women on how to ask for a raise, explaining that they are at a higher risk of sounding demanding and unlikeable. (New York Times)

-One dad makes the case for using piggy banks to teach your child fiscal responsibility, but not savings accounts, which kids see as punishment. (Motherlode)

-Melanie Notkin on the awkward conversations that happen at the seder table when you are over 40, childless, and single. (JTA)

-Over one million Evenflo carseats have been recalled due to a problematic seat belt which gets stuck easily, making it difficult to retrieve the baby. (NBC)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

Mar 31 2014

News Roundup: Does Porn Hurt Children?

By at 8:28 pm

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

girl-computer

- A recent UK study found that three in every 100 primary school children, some as young as 6, have viewed hardcore pornographic images on the internet. There is still some debate as to how traumatizing and what the long-term effect of this exposure is. (The Times Magazine)

- Boston Magazine has a fascinating (and terrifying) look at the juvenile and cliquey social lives of suburban American moms, which can quickly spiral into a social nightmare reminiscent of high school for those who fail to keep up. (Boston Magazine)

- The majority of American women aren’t “leaning in” or “opting out.” Rather, most women–ranging socioeconomically from poor to upper middle class–are barely hanging on.  (Al Jazeera)

- Putin’s elementary school teacher, who now resides in a Tel Aviv apartment purchased by her former student, has found herself in the spotlight now that Putin has decided to annex Crimea. The gentle and studious school boy she describes sounds nothing like the Vladimir Putin of today. (JTA)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

Mar 24 2014

News Roundup: Bar Mitzvah Boy Schools Us On Tween Style in Esquire

By at 2:02 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.suit

-Horrified by the drab khakis and navy blazer ensemble that has become the symbol of manhood at temples everywhere, one fashion-forward bar mitzvah boy explains how to snazz up the old uniform for a men’s magazine. h/t Courtney Naliboff. (Esquire)

-Hanna Rosin–of “End of Men” fame–wrote another groundbreaking essay about the plight of our playgrounds and how it’s destroying childhood as we know it. She blames to our irrational safety fears for the modern over-regulated playground, arguing that hazards and danger are essential for healthy childhood development.  (The Atlantic)

-Bacon crackers for Hebrew School? Crazier stuff has happened. Thanks to the Orthodox Union, bacon-flavored Ritz crackers are officially certified kosher. Not without controversy, of course; some samplers complain that it tastes too similar to the real thing. (JTA)

-In New York City, where the preschool admission process is about as cutthroat as the “American Idol” finals, Orthodox Jewish preschools  such as Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn are increasingly appealing to secular Jewish parents. Read this lovely essay about one family taking the plunge. (The New York Times)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

Mar 17 2014

News Roundup: Do Smart Phones Make You Yell at Your Child?

By at 4:57 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.cellphone

-Is smart phone usage connected to how harshly you reprimand your child? According to one study, yes. Researchers observed 55 caregivers with small children and found that those who were most involved in their phones showed a pattern of “decreased attentiveness to the child,” resulting in child acting out and the caregiver snapping harshly at the child. This might make you consider turning off the phone during dinner time. (CBS)

-While medical marijuana currently is legal in 20 states, many have preexisting laws that seem to contradict the legalization of the substance, including child welfare laws that mandate that weed be treated like any other narcotic. As a result some parents are finding themselves at odds with child welfare organizations. (CNN)

-A 25-year-old Pittsburgh designer’s crowdfunding campaign to create a “normal Barbie” has gone viral.  Described by some as the “anti-Barbie,” the Lammily doll–which has an athletic figure and real joints– raised $400,000 in a week and a half. Check out this profile of the doll’s creator. (JTA)

-In the spirit of  ”The Lego Movie,” which saw box office revenues of $69 million in its opening weekend, one man reflects on his Lego-filled childhood in this lovely essay. It’s a must-read. (New York Times)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

Mar 10 2014

News Roundup: How Disney Helped One Boy With Autism Find His Voice

By at 4:26 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

mickey

-There was an incredibly moving story in The New York Times this week about a young boy with autism who hadn’t communicated with his family in years. The boy’s father was able to reach the boy through Disney characters and coax him out of his shell. This is a must-read. (The New York Times)

-Spoiled brat or honor role student who was unfairly cast out by her parents? Rachel Canning accused her parents of kicking her out of the house when she turned 18 and now she is suing them for support and college funds which were set aside for her. (Associated Press)

-The “Women of the Wall” upped their ante this week, by setting up a table at the shuk in Tel Aviv and asking passing women if they would like to wear a tallit or put on tefillin. As expected, this drew some confrontation from religious men. (JTA)

-In a chilling account, Peter Lanza, whose son Adam Lanza killed his own mother and 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, describes how his son went from being a “just a normal little weird kid” to a withdrawn teen with homicidal tendencies. (The New Yorker)

Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox.

Tags

Recently on Mayim

Blogroll