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Mar 17 2014

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

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 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)

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Apr 30 2012

News Roundup: Dangerous Slides & Astounding New Prenatal Tests

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

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- “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” was last week, but apparently, not a whole lot of people actually took their daughters and sons to work. (Jezebel)

- Turns out, riding down the playground slide with your child may be more dangerous then letting them go it alone. (NYT)

- Our girl Mayim Bialik was honored last Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League, who gave her a Deborah Award for being a “forward thinker.” But we already knew she was awesome. (Hollywood Reporter)

- Noninvasive, early fetal tests that can determine sex, paternity, and chromosomal conditions are currently under trials, but raise a whole slew of ethical concerns. (Slate)

- In your maybe, but probably and hopefully not news: the “Farewell Intercourse” proposal in Egypt would allow husbands to have sex with their dead wives for up to six hours after they’ve died. (Daily Mail)

- If you’ve got two minutes to spare, we highly recommend you check out this gem: Shel Silverstein singing “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too”:

Apr 23 2012

Weekly Roundup: Mohel’s ‘Smallest Penis’ Tweet, Australia’s Maternity Bonus

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

mohel tweet about smallest penis

- Israel’s “Mohel to the Stars” Rabbi Zarki is under fire for tweeting “Today I circumcised a baby with the smallest penis I’ve ever seen – a ‘micro penis.’” In an interview, he further explains that “Sometimes you see a baby that weighs four kilograms, where three of them are the penis and sometimes it’s only a few grams.”(Ynet)

- We’ve survived through another Tax Day, but you still may want to know a little more about one of the most commonly evaded taxes: the “nanny tax.” (The Sisterhood)

- Marjorie Ingall is not the biggest fan of the new movie “Bully,” but is a fan of the new programs that Jewish schools are trying out to raise awareness on this unfortunate phenomenon. (Tablet)

- For an example of a company getting it right, this Australian insurance group not only offers their employees three months of paid maternity leave, but gives a back-to-work bonus when the new mothers come back to work. (Jezebel)

Apr 16 2012

Weekly Roundup: The CEO vs. The Stay-at-Home Mom

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

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- Forbes asks: Is Modern Motherhood Working Against Women? Not according to one woman, the CEO of a tech company, who explains how she was able to be a business woman and make attachment parenting work for her family. (Forbes)

- For those who question just how busy stay-at-home moms really are, here’s a chronicle of a day in the life that will make you tired just reading it. (Shine)

- Laurel Snyder, Kveller contributer and author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher, talks about raising her Jewish kids with religion, but not too much religion–i.e., they don’t keep kosher. (CNN)

- And for your daily dose of cute, here’s a baby who absolutely loves being vacuumed (Jezebel):

Apr 9 2012

Weekly Roundup: Placenta Regrets, Jewish Day School Rejections

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

- From Motherlode: I Regret Eating My Placenta. (NYT)

- With so much emphasis on the importance of a Jewish day school education, Malina Saval found it more than a little disheartening when her son Boaz was rejected by one because of his special needs. (Huffington Post)

- Are we born to be bullies? The bible seemed to think so, and perhaps we need to realize this before we can fix any problems. (Tablet)

- Are American parents spend too much time schlepping their kids around from activity to activity? (NYT)

Mar 23 2012

News Roundup: Skinny Israeli Models and Fancy Birthing Rooms

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

Israeli model Or Grossman

Israeli model Or Grossman

-Lawmakers in Israel this week banned skinny models, or at least models that are too skinny from walking the runaway or appearing in advertisements and commercials. The law also requires magazines to note when they’ve used Photoshop to make models appear thinner. (Jezebel)

-Bilingual babies are smarter. (New York Times)

-In case you’re looking to go for a deluxe birth, check out this list of nine of the world’s most luxurious places to deliver a baby. We’ll be opting for Clinique des Grangettes in Switzerland where food is prepared by a chef with a Michelin star (insert joke about the crap food you were served after pushing a baby out of your vagina here). (Babble)

-Check out this beautiful pregnancy reduced down to a 90 second video (Buzzfeed)

-A father whose son has Down syndrome reflects on his son’s disease. A new non-invasive test will make it easy for women to find out as early as 10 weeks if the child she is carrying has the disease. (The Forward)

Jan 30 2012

Weekly Roundup: How Sophie the Giraffe is Made, Teaching Kids About the Holocaust & More

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

- Sophie the Giraffe, the self-described “World’s Most Famous Baby Teething Toy” offers this seriously intense video of how the rubber toy is made, from the Malaysian forest to every Park Slope parent.

- On the Huffington Post, Lisa Belkin welcomes her babysitter to the motherhood club with some simple and lovely lessons that we could all use as a reminder. (Huffington Post)

- New York parents should check out these free seminars from JUF on how to tell Jewish stories to your kids that teach and transmit Jewish values and traditions. (JUF)

- Emily Rapp does it again, this time writing about the amazing power of female friendship, and how it helps her deal with the horrors of her son’s Tay-Sachs diagnosis. (The Rumpus)

- Looking for some early Purim costume ideas? For the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s death, 485 boys dressed up as Ghandi for a peace rally. The pictures are amazing and adorable. (Guardian)

- At Tablet, Marjorie Ingall asks, “How do we teach our kids about the Holocaust without scarring them for life?” The answer might be found in a few good books. (Tablet)

- At The Sisterhood, Gavriella Lerner reiterates the fact that when her husband is taking care of the kids, he is not “babysitting.” (Forward)

Dec 2 2011

Weekly Roundup: 13-pound Baby Jihad, Making an IVF Baby & More

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

infertility doctor's office

- On Slate, one couple’s story of how to make a baby, the IVF way, accompanied by a very telling slideshow. (Slate)

- In Germany, a 13-pound baby was born. He was the 14th child of his 528-pound diabetic 40-year-old mother. But the real crazy part? His name is Jihad. (Babble)

- A new study suggests that if you want smarter kids, you should space them at least two years apart. It’s also not such a bad idea if you want any semblance of sanity. (Freakonomics)

- In the New York Times, Jennifer Gilmore offers a beautiful, stirring, and often painful look at her journey to adoption. (NYT)

- Here’s a closer look at “extreme parenting,” from pageant moms to football dads. (OWN)

Nov 21 2011

Weekly Roundup: Co-Sleeping With Knives, Airplane Baby Ghettos & More

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

A new public service announcement compares co-sleeping to putting a baby to bed alongside a giant knife. (Salon)

- Is the fear of being labeled “sexist” thwarting important research on the differences between boys’ and girls’ brains? (Slate)

- Pizza retains its classification as a “vegetable” — at least as far as school lunch programs are concerned. (Reuters)

- Parents with young children are taking issue with airlines’ efforts to relegate them to “baby ghettos” in back of the plane. (The Wall Street Journal)

- The New York Times is suing the Huffington Post for copyright infringement. The target of the lawsuit is HuffPo’s new parenting blog, Parentlode; it’s helmed by Lisa Belkin, who, until recently, was the lead writer of The Times’ Motherlode blog. (Adweek)

Over at Motherlode, KJ Dellantonia, who ably stepped in following Belkin’s departure, questions the zeal of home-birth cheerleaders. (Motherlode)

- Disney buys Babble. (Dealbook)

- And Mickey and Minnie’s latest acquisition introduces us to “Peregrine,” “Samoset,” “Damaris”, and other baby names “inspired by the First Thanksgiving.” (Babble)

Nov 11 2011

Weekly Roundup: Mommy Cams, Bad Twitter Names & C-Sections in Seoul

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

aimee wheeler

- You’ve heard of a nanny cam, but a mommy cam? For a fee, one Los Angeles therapist will record and analyze, frame by frame, your interactions with your children. (The Los Angeles Times)

Go the f**k to sleep, mom! More mothers are apparently leaning on sleep aids. (The New York Times)

Mississippi’s electorate voted down the so-called “personhood amendment,” which would have defined a fertilized egg as a person. Buoyed by anti-abortion activists, the measure would have effectively criminalized abortion, and could also have outlawed some forms of birth control and placed new restrictions on reproductive medicine. (The Washington Post)

European Jewish leaders are moving to prevent anti-circumcision initiatives from becoming law. (Ynet)

- It’s 11/11/11 — and it’s a big day for C-sections in Seoul. (Reuters)

- Time to say “dayenu“? Over at Babble, Stephanie Wilder Taylor has an open letter from “19 Kids and Counting” star Michelle Duggar’s uterus. (Babble)

- And before you give your newborn a name like “Trendy,” we suggest you consult Kveller’s Jewish Baby Name Finder. (Yahoo! via Babble)

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