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Nov 14 2012

The Kid-Dish: Is Magnus a Jewish Name?

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All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.

elizabeth banks

– Pink and her daughter Willow wore matching striped pants this week. I did not have Pink pegged as a matching clothes mom, but then, I also didn’t know she had a kid until ten minutes ago. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

– Elizabeth Banks, who converted to Judaism to marry her husband Max Handelman, just had their second child via a surrogate. Magnus Mitchell Handelman joins their 20-month-old son Felix, also from a gestational surrogate. (US Weekly)

– Party of Five actor and Member of the Tribe Scott Wolf and his wife Kelley Limp just had their second son, Miller William Wolf, who joins Jackson, 3, in the family. (US Weekly)

– And finally, controversy-prone Alicia Silverstone was out on the town with her son Bear Blu this week. His face was adorably messy, and both were all smiles. (Hollymoms)

Mar 26 2012

How an Orthodox College Helped Me Face My Fear of Pink

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twin girls dressed like princesses

When I was pregnant, the thought of having girls terrified me. I rode the subway to work every day and cringed at the young girls headed to school wearing skin-tight jeans and low cut shirts. I watched girls who couldn’t be more than 12 or 13 wearing makeup, flipping their hair, trying to look hot.

I remember wearing sweatpants to school and spending entire summers with my hair in a ponytail. That is what I wanted for my daughters. Or at least, some sort of a balance. I would sit there and agonize about how we were going to keep our girls from feeling like they have to dress provocatively to be noticed. Should we just raise them in a bunker upstate? Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 22 2012

My Baby Girl Wears Pink, So What?

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pink baby socksI wasn’t one of those people who wanted to wait until the day my baby was born to find out the gender. So the day Lila was born was exhilarating–and exhausting–but the birth drama never included the doctor’s calling out, “It’s a Girl!” The delivering doctor didn’t need to, since we already knew. And since that time, I’ve made an effort to ensure everyone else knows, too.

Last spring, I invited pink and purple into our home in a big way. I know another mother who is glad she had a boy, so she doesn’t have to live amidst a pink explosion, but I rather like it. Read the rest of this entry →


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