Thinking about sleepaway camp, but not sure if you–or your child–are quite ready? Or maybe everyone is totally on board with the whole overnight camp idea, but not sure which one might be the…right fit. You’re in luck–all of the camps listed below have opportunities to provide you, and your prospective camper, with an introduction to life at camp without signing on for a full session. But you have to get started now–these programs fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. Need the inside scoop on… >> Read More
My older daughter is almost five, and for the first time, I am making her keep kosher-for-Passover. Yes, that's right in years past the husband and I kept KFP but I let my kid eat her usual diet of…fruits, veggies, bagels and noodles. This decision always made my husband a little uncomfortable, but I felt: why would I make a 2 year old follow rules for a holiday she doesn't understand? It has no meaning for her. But now she is older, more aware and has taken great pleasure in learning about Passover… >> Read More
I have Passover Anxiety. It is real. And it is spectacular.
It starts around the end of Purim, to be honest, but now, a week before the first seder, it kicks into overdrive.
Every year, I find…my anxiety evolves. Here are some of its usual focal points, and how I cope with them. 1. Food issues. As a younger, less-jaded mother, I used to get beyond stressed out about whether my toddlers would starve to death over Passover. I have had years upon years of toddlers at this point. Inevitably, in that age… >> Read More
Every time I face a setback as a divorced mom, I cycle through a familiar whirlwind of emotions. I start by going through a succession of ugly, disjointed thoughts. Then I proceed to sift through…those thoughts one at a time until I find peace, as I have learned to do over the past few years. For instance, last month I was told my son might have a learning disability. And while this is something many parents face, for me it felt particularly painful and overwhelming. My ex-husband and I… >> Read More
You may be totally stressed out about Passover. And it’s understandable–it’s stressful! Hosting a dinner for 30 people would be enough–dayenu, if you will–but working with an extended…program, partially in Hebrew and/or Aramaic, that needs to be the right length, the perfect level of inspirational, plus engaging and interesting? It’s enough to send you over the edge of a pyramid. The Four Questions are a familiar cornerstone of the seder festival meal, in which the youngest present asks, "Why is this night… >> Read More