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Jewish mothers worry; it’s not just a stereotype, it’s the truth—truth in the same way the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and there are 50 states in our fine union. It’s just who…we are, and there’s no shame in it. Which is why I am here today to declare that I have officially reached “Jewish mother status.” In fairness, I’ve been a Jewish mother since I became a mom on December 18, 2010, with the birth of my daughter Maya—but now I really feel like one. Maya… >> Read More
Most moms stand in one of two camps about the American Girl franchise: Either they love the dolls and all they stand for (strong, brave girls; inclusion)… or they think it’s absolutely absurd to…pay $115 for a doll. After my experience with the brand—and especially after this week’s announcement of American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year—I’m definitely in the former camp. My first exposure to American Girl was, like most girls in the early 90s, through the catalogs. I was too old to play with dolls when… >> Read More
With my daughter’s 6th birthday party, Hanukkah, and Christmas all falling in a brief seven-day window, the holidays felt extra-stressful this year for my little interfaith family.
Of course,…some of the stress is self-imposed. Like most moms, I tend to put way more pressure than necessary on myself in an effort to make the holidays memorable, when in reality, my kids are thrilled to be home in their jammies with their mommy and daddy for a few days with nothing to do but… >> Read More
Salad fix-ins? Check.
Menorah, candles, and dreidels? Check, check, check.
My husband, kids, and I were headed to family dinner at our dear friends’ house. Though she and…her husband aren’t Jewish, my friend is a history teacher who loves learning about and sharing multicultural traditions. Since she’d never lit a menorah before, she asked me to bring ours—and I was more than happy to oblige. For good measure, I also brought some dreidels and—because our kids ate all our gelt the first… >> Read More
I love presents as much as the next person—and I also fight the battle against too much consumerism, like most reasonable parents I know. As my children take it upon themselves to make their…Hanukkah “wish lists” for Uggs and Ivivva leggings, I cringe; my husband and I want their souls front and center, not their brand-name clothing. “I’ll get four out of the eight things, right, Mommy? Well, maybe, at least three?” they ask with their big eyes. I remind them that the holiday is about the victory… >> Read More