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Jan 23 2012

Weekly Roundup: Legos for Girls, Giving Birth on Train, & Modesty Troubles

By at 4:45 pm

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

retro lego ad for girls

- LEGO has a new line just for girls, featuring the iconic plastic people (with boobs!) in a variety of places like a house, cafe, animal hospital, tree house, and beauty salon. Some people are upset. (Ms. Magazine)

UJA reminds us why screening for Jewish Genetic Diseases really matters. (UJA)

- A baby was born on a PATH train (going from New Jersey to Manhattan), and promptly received an easy nickname: Fast. (Gothamist)

- In all of the hullabaloo with the birth of Blue Ivy, Jay-Z released a song which revealed a little known fact: Beyonce had previously suffered a miscarriage. (Washington Post)

- Israel’s Ministry of Health issued new regulations in regards to homebirths. Besides things like room size, a woman wanting to have a homebirth must prove that she is sane. (NYT)

- In deciding whether or not her son should have a Bar Mitzvah, Tara Dublin recounts her own Bat Mitzvah in 1982–”probably one of the very worst years for hair, makeup, and fashion combined.” (Jewcy)

- Last month, an 8-year-old girl in Israel was spit on by religious extremists for not dressing modestly enough. Dov Linzer wonders if a religious demand for modesty is “about anything other than men controlling women’s bodies.” (NYT)

Nov 4 2011

Weekly Roundup: TV Births, Nannies Surveyed & More

By at 2:29 pm

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

applegate and arnett up all night

- Noting that many a recent television story line has revolved around a laboring woman and the birth of her baby, Neil Genzlinger ponders the unintended consequences of “all this prime-time caterwauling.” (The New York Times)

- You have children; your friend doesn’t. Here’s what not to say to her. (Shine)

- Do you have an “open kitchen” policy for your nanny? Eighty-six percent of families who took part in Park Slope Parents’ annual Nanny Compensation Survey answered yes. That is just one of the survey’s many findings, published this week on the Brooklyn parenting website. (City Room)

- Parenting columnist Sarah Wildman explains why the prospect of having a second child is so daunting. (Forward)

At one progressive Bay Area private school, only 23% of incoming kindergartners have received their recommended vaccinations. (Bay Area Citizen, via The Atlantic)

- And yet another story about the questionable things women do while they are in labor: A 20-year-old Scottish woman took — and passed — her driving exam more than four hours after her water broke. (UPI, via Jezebel)

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