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Every mother knows that motherhood is full of simple joys. Just tonight, my toddler son, who has been obsessed with my favorite cheap sunglasses, stole them off my head. He smashed them onto his own…face, and tilted his head up just enough to keep them from sliding down his nose. Once they were balanced precariously on his face, he began parading around proudly—having acquired a new, previously-envied lens too look through. I couldn’t help but laugh. Even when I am feeling sad in my heart, as I do on… >> Read More
The weather is finally warming up, and the pace of life is slowing down (at least a little bit). In addition to all of your regularly scheduled summer fun, we’ve put together a list of…fabulous Jewish things you can do as a family this summer. You can schmooze, eat, play, and meet other Jewish families living near you at jBaby Chicago’s Bagels in the Park events, volunteer as a family through PJ Gives Back, celebrate Shabbat in a bunch of creative ways and places, and more. You’re going to also… >> Read More
There’s a point in every marriage when you realize that you are going to be having sex with the same person for the rest of your life. It has the potential of being kind of a harrowing moment—the…first time the sex feels monotonous, or overworked, or lazy—and it separates you from whatever past history you’ve accumulated and puts your future on repeat. Given the intimacy of the connection (good, bad, indifferent), that projection into the years ahead may be an exciting adventure to contemplate—or a terrifying revelation. “I Love Dick” finds Chris… >> Read More
I recently went away to a professional conference for a whole 4 nights and 5 days. Imagine that! Almost one week away from my 3 little ones (ages 8, 5, and 2), whom I’ve barely ever had the…courage to leave before. I had a million excuses as to why they couldn’t exist without me: they would miss their bus every day, forget to turn in their homework and library books, leave the house without their lunches, wear mismatched clothing, and most likely cry themselves to sleep every night without their mother home… >> Read More
After her baby was born, novelist and essayist Rivka Galchen noticed something curious: “The world seemed ludicrously, suspiciously, adverbially sodden with meaning.” At the same time, she…observes, “my thoughts had become unprecedentedly interrupted, as if every three minutes I had fallen asleep, curtailing any thought, morphing it into dream… What I mean to say is that I wasn’t working. This even though my plan had been to work. And to think. Even after the baby was born.” This is one of… >> Read More