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Apr 14 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Endless Doubting & Diapers

By at 1:37 pm

As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Here’s the next installment in our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

Adina Kay-Gross:

Adina Kay-Gross "WHat's Your Exodus?"

This Passover, I’d like to break free of diapers. My kids turn three in a week, and I think that’s a respectable time to make an exodus from the land of the poop sacks, and toward freedom and what will likely be months of accidents. Either way, let my children potty train! Next year in underwear! Amen.

Carla Naumburg:

Carla Naumburg "What's Your Exodus?"

Kindergarten. I can’t believe I used the word “kindergarten.” Ugh. Everyone else said “Gan Nitzan,” but I had to go and say “kindergarten.” They must think I’m an idiot. I’m never going to fit in here.

That’s what was going through my mind several minutes into introductions at the New Parent Orientation at the Jewish Day School my daughter will be attending next fall. There’s no question in my mind that no one else even noticed that I said kindergarten, or if they did, they didn’t think twice about it. (Or, if they did think twice about it, they’re probably just as crazy as I am, and we should hang out more.) Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 11 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free From Eating Things… Off the Floor

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Here’s the next installment in our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

Lea Geller

Lea Geller "What's Your Exodus?"

Although I religiously make a list of resolutions–for both New Years–there’s one thing I have yet to overcome. I now yell less, run more, and once went six whole months without Diet Coke (not pretty). But try as I may, I have never been able to kick a certain disgusting habit, and this year, I aim to celebrate the Big Exodus by breaking free.

You see, my secret shame is that I eat things off the floor. I’m not talking about the five second, or even the five minute, rule here. For me, it could be five days, five weeks, or even five months. In fits of either boredom or hunger (or both), I have eaten hardened fruit leather from the playroom floor, stale cheese crackers from inside a rainboot, a fossilized gummy worm from under a seat in the car, a piece of candy corn covered in sand from the depths of a backpack, and in a moment I’d rather not recall, I ate what I thought was a brownie stuck to the back of a kitchen chair. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 10 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Nap Guilt, Phones & Toxic Relationships

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Here’s the next installment in our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

Holly Lebowitz Rossi:

Holly Lebowitz Rossi "WHat's Your Exodus"

Every day after lunch (well, almost every day), my 3-year-old son Ben takes a nap… and so do I. If the phone rings or an email comes through during nap time, I ignore it. Later, reconnecting, I often hear myself say something like, “I’m embarrassed to confess that I closed my eyes today while Ben was sleeping.” It’s that self-deprecating armor against some imagined (internal?) judgment that I seek liberation from–not the naps. The naps make me a happier Mommy, and isn’t happiness something free people get to feel?

Tara Filowitz Arrey:

My personal exodus is to break free from toxic relationships–to stop tolerating people in my life who bring me down or who don’t make happy to be around them. Life’s too short to surround myself with people who would try to rain on my parade! Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 9 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Phones, Old Pains & Things Out of Our Control

By at 3:38 pm

As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Here’s the next installment in our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Jodi Neuman:

Jodi Neuman "What's Your Exodus?"

I want an exodus from the inability to admit that there are things in this life that I just can’t control! I want to be able to be the gal that takes everything with a grain of salt, avoiding the ever-present vice of anxiety.

I suppose you could say that it’s understandable in my case, as having a daughter who received a kidney transplant at 2 years old doesn’t bode easy for mothers with anxiety disorders. But even now, five years later, every sneeze, every cough, does a whirlwind of nerve dancing in my head–enough to make me the one who suffers in the end, not to mention everyone around me who becomes exhausted with their overuse of, “Relax, she’s fine. She’s a typical girl who gets sick now and then, etc.”

So that’s where I want relief. Relief from the dangling sword, one that I have created, that should, with the blessings we’ve received, be no less menacing than a dangling nail clipper. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 8 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Overworking & Maternity Pants

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from four more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Courtney Naliboff:

Courtney Naliboff "What's Your Exodus?"

I want to break free from my maternity pants! The feeling seems to be mutual. Even with a full panel, they are trying to break free from me. Rocked the plumber’s crack doing yard work today. Why won’t it warm up so I can spend the last few weeks of my pregnancy drifting around in muu muus???

From Alina Adams:

Like I wrote in my piece about God smiting me with shingles, I have got to exit out of my compulsion to overwork and learn how to relax. I figure I should get the hang of it… in 40 years or so. :) Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 7 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Hiding My Same-Sex Marriage & More Reader Responses

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from four Kveller readers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Rita Collins:

"what's your exodus?"

I think twice about telling co-workers or customers that I’m married to a person of the same sex when I meet them. When they talk freely about their spouses of the opposite sex sometimes I feel like I’m shackled by fear of their reaction, especially if they are very religious (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or otherwise). I need an exodus from my own self-conscious embarrassment that is only brought on by me. Some will support and some will treat me with disdain, but that isn’t the fear I need to be free from…it is the fear that the ones who treat me with disdain are right. I need to love openly with a full heart and know that they are wrong and then it won’t matter to me what they or anyone thinks. I’m a woman, and I love my wife and I love our children. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 4 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Tabloids, Guilty Me-Time & Irritability

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Jenn Meer:

Jenn Meer "What's Your Exodus"

This year, dear Lord please deliver me from my addiction to gossip-y, celebrity “news” magazines. They have zero mental nutritional value and now that my son is in kindergarten, he is beginning to learn how to read. And there is only so much information about Juan Pablo that I’m comfortable with him knowing at age 6. Plus, I catch my daughter staring more and more at the women in the pages and I wonder if even at her young age, she is already beginning to compare herself to those scantily-clad Kardashians. This troubles me.

So goodbye you candy-colored tabloid! I am breaking free from your addictive weeklies. Besides, you were never good for me. And also, I can usually read most of your heart-shaped columns in the grocery express line anyway. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 3 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Winter, Anxiety & Explaining Yourself

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Monica Gebell:

Monica Gebell "What's Your Exodus?"

My exodus comes with Spring. It’s no secret that the Northeast has seen one of the more cruel winters this side of The Ice Storm of 1990, and I’ve had it. It’s been a loooong winter, especially for my three babes, who, when we come home from school every day, pine to stay outside. There’s little I want more at 4 p.m. than to let them frolick and squeal their way around the yard, chase and tackle each other, scream, hide, seek, take them on a walk. But it’s arctic. Way too cold for my little ones, who won’t keep hats and mittens on for more than a minute and who might need a 12-step program for their Sprout channel addictions.

With Passover will come buds and leaves and colors and petals and sprouts, the real ones, and head-clearing walks, hopscotch, countless games of tag, fresh air.  Next year in Jerusalem, maybe, but this Spring, I’m barefoot in the grass, baby. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 2 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from “What Ifs,” Too Much Texting & Peppa Pig

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

Stephanie Kanowitz "What's Your Exodus?"

From Stephanie Kanowitz:

I’m supposed to pick only one thing I’d like to break free from this Passover, but I’m struggling to edit down the list. Not that I have it bad by any stretch of the imagination, but in my dream world there would be:

* No whining by my 4-year-old.

* No temper tantrums involving the rag doll pose or the flinging back of the head onto hard surfaces by my 1-year-old.

* No questioning myself about whether I’m irreparably damaging my child by taking him to the mall while I shop instead of to a concert one time out of 1,000.

* No “Peppa Pig.” Absolutely no “Peppa Pig.”

From Sarah Chen:

I want to break free from begging my toddler to stop gargling his beverages. Milk, water, Shabbat kiddush grape juice . . . I wish he or I could just move on. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 1 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Pessimism, Social Media & Worry

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. Want to add your own? Send it to info@kveller.com or tweet @kveller with #WhatsYourExodus.

From Jen Simon:

Jen Simon "What's Your Exodus?"

This year, I want to break free from my pessimism. I’ve never been an optimist or even close; I’ve never been someone who finds the good in the situation. But my second child is helping me change my outlook on life. He’s so happy that I actually belief he is a gift (a word I would have never used to describe anything prior to his birth). His joy has infected our whole family and made all of us, myself included, much happier and more appreciative of our family and everything in our world. I used to think I wanted a girl (and even wrote an article about it!) but I got the baby I needed. Read the rest of this entry →

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