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Jun 21 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: June 17 – 21

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Stop Taking So Many Pictures of Your Kids. While trying to organize her hundreds of digital photos, Nina realized it would be a lot easier if she didn’t take so many photos in the first place. Here are her tips for still capturing all those special moments while not going overboard.

– Finally Opening Up About My Medical Termination & Five Things Not to Say when Someone is No Longer Expecting. When Tova’s unborn fetus was diagnosed “unfit for life,” she made the best decision for her and her family by termination the pregnancy. Here, she shares her story as well as invaluable tips on what–and what not–to say to someone who’s experienced a pregnancy loss.

– My Third Grader Had a Terrible Year (And I Didn’t Do Anything About It). Alina’s son struggled both academically and socially this past school year, but unlike other parents who urged her to speak up or get more proactively involved with the situation, Alina decided to step back and let her son work it out on his own.

– Since My Divorce, I’m Missing the Mikveh. The mikveh is the Jewish ritual bath that women visit before their wedding and each month after their menstrual cycle. But now that she’s divorced, Mayim no longer needs to visit the mikveh, and that’s a hard ritual to break.

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Jun 14 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: June 10 – 14

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kveller hits of the week 6/14/13A Non-Jewish Surrogate Gave Birth to My Son, And Then We Held a Conversion Ceremony. Alissa’s son was born through a non-Jewish surrogate, and since the halakhic laws go back and forth on whether that he means he’s Jewish, Alissa decided to make it official through conversion when he was 4.

– I Need to Stop Yelling at My Kids. Growing up, Yael felt terrible when her mother yelled at her, and she swore she’d never do that to her own kids. But lo and behold, she finds herself yelling quite often, and for the coming year, pledges to stop.

– I Was a Breastfeeding Snob… Until I Had Twins. Racheli couldn’t understand why any mother who was physically able to breastfeed would choose not to. Then she had twins, and realized that breastfeeding is not always for everyone, and there’s no point in judging other mother’s for their choices.

– Jewish Divorce: Getting a Get With Mayim Bialik. As she navigates through her own divorce, Mayim shares some of the Jewish aspects, like getting a get, the legal Jewish way to break a marriage contract.

Jun 7 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: June 3 – 7

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– Three Years of Trying & Still No Baby. Their doctors have informed them they’re doing everything “right,” but for Sharon and her husband, three years of trying to have a baby proves just how difficult infertility can be.

– Should a Mom Be Jailed For Her Own Stillbirth? A mother in Mississippi has been accused of manslaughter after traces of methamphetamine were found in her system when she had a stillborn baby. Rabbi Jill Jacobs argues why a conviction like this would open a dangerous slide for prosecuting women for any adverse behavior while pregnant.

– Coming to Terms with Medical Termination. At three months pregnant, this mom found out that her baby had a rare chromosomal abnormality, and she and her husband had to make the difficult decision to abort the baby.

– Since My Divorce, What Do I Do About Covering My Head? The first in a series on the Jewish aspects of divorce, Mayim Bialik talks about how traditionally, once a woman becomes divorced she no longer needs to cover her hair, but it’s a ritual she’s not so ready to let go.

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May 31 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: May 27 – 31

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– Alone & Freezing My Eggs–This is Not What I Expected. Sallie never thought she’d find herself single, alone, and freezing her eggs in a fertility clinic. But after a cyst tore her ovary in half, she knew what she had to do.

– The Secret of Parenting: Do Less. Could the secret to good parenting be benign neglect? Jordana makes the case to stop doing things for your kids and teach them how to do it themselves.

– The Story of a Pretty Dress & a Creepy Guy. Sarah wouldn’t consider herself a damsel in distress, but there are still times, as a single mother living alone with her kids, when she gets scared. Like when a strange man camps out on her front porch.

– My 5-Year-Old Thinks Vegan & Jewish are the Same Thing. After leaving a non-Jewish friend’s house who still had Christmas lights up, Mayim’s 5-year-old son Fred asked if they were “half-vegan.” Which is when she realized that he thinks being “vegan” and “Jewish” are the same thing.

May 17 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: May 13-17

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-The Book of Ruth–A Story Close to this Convert’s Heart On Shavuot, the Book of Ruth is traditionally read. After her husband dies, Ruth, a Moabite woman, follows her Israelite mother-in-law into the Jewish people with the famous words, “Whither you go, I will go, wherever you lodge, I will lodge, your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” For Tamara, who converted to Judaism six years ago, this story hits especially close to home.

-Today, I’m Thankful for the Other Mothers in My Life. Here’s a lovely piece about recognizing the importance of the other mothers in your life, the ones who accept and love your kids for who they are.

-Jewish Mother’s Day, With a Side of Guilt What does it mean when your son gives you a Mother’s Day card with a drawing of Darth Vader on it? For Jordana, it was a Jewish Mother’s Day with an extra side order of guilt

-Let’s Stop Fat Shaming at the Bris For her nephew’s bris, Tamar baked a delicious array of goodies. Upon seeing them, all the women in the family began the traditional recitation of guilt: “Uch, this is SO BAD. I should NOT eat any of this.” “Don’t let me have ANY of this.” “This isn’t going to help me stay good.” And then she yelled at them to stop

 

 

May 10 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: May 6 – 10

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– My God Rants Are Rubbing Off On My Kids. Pia is going through a lot: a divorce underway, she lost her job, her father is sick, etc. So, she hasn’t been so happy with God, and now she knows her kids can tell.

– When Mom Gets a Tattoo. With kids aged 22, 19, and 3, the one thing Gayle’s learned is how fast time flies by. So, she got a tattoo to commemorate her kids, to remind herself that while they will move on, she will always be their permanent home.

– How a Mormon Teaches Her Child to Pray. As part of our ongoing series about God and kids, Joyce tells her how she’s making sure her Mormon faith will be passed down to her son–by teaching him to pray.

No Matter How Many Kids You Have, You’ll Be Stressed. A recent survey determined that moms with three kids are the most stressed out, but Jordana, a soon-to-be mom of five, assures us that no matter how many kids you have, you’ll be stressed out.

May 3 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: April 29 – May 3

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– Overcoming My Eating Disorder & Raising a Healthy Daughter. Tova was hospitilized for her eating disorder 10 years before her daughter was born. Now, she’s extra cautious with how she talks about food and health around her little girl.

– How to Announce Your Fifth Pregnancy When Your Friends are Still Trying for One. Jordana is pregnant with her fifth, but is keenly aware of how painful her news can be to friends struggling with infertility.

– My Sensory Sensitive Son Will Only Wear His Shabbos Clothes. Two-year-old Shaya is sensory sensitive, which effects everything from how he wears his hair to what clothes he will (or will not) wear.

A Potential Client Told Me I Shouldn’t Become a Mother. After a potential client Googled me and read my posts about trying to become a single mother, she told I shouldn’t do it, that I’d be making a huge mistake and harming my career.

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Apr 26 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: April 22 – 26

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mayim bialik hits of the week 4/25/13

– I Married an Atheist. Even though they met on JDate, Melissa knew right from the start that her husband was a non-believer. It still proves to a problem when deciding how Jewish to raise their kids.

– The Other Kids Don’t Want to Play with My Daughter. When Dana’s daughter, who has autism, excitedly joins the other kids at the playground, they go running for the hills. And it’s brutal for Dana to watch.

– For My Family, Formula is a Blessing. Amy is part of the 5% of women who deal with primary lactation failure, so formula was the sole way of feeding her baby. And only until recently did she stop feeling guilty about it.

Reflections on My Twins Second Birthday. They’re only 2, but Adina can already see how quickly her girls are growing up and becoming their own independent beings.

Apr 19 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: April 15 – 19

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– Boston: Goodness & Love are Marathons. A powerful reflection on the Boston Marathon bombing and how we can bounce back from this.

– If You Give a Kid a Leopard Broom. Sarah is raising her kids to do chores, clean up after themselves, and help out around the house. Because as a divorced working mom, she needs them to.

– After Boston, All I Have Left to do is Pray. Carla, who lives in the neighboring town of Newton (which is currently on lockdown) turns to prayer when nothing else seems to make sense.

So This is 40. The morning of her 40th birthday, Jessica realized she had just another boring, predictable day planned. And she couldn’t have been more grateful.

Apr 12 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: April 8 – 13

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– The Slide: A Cautionary Tale. Alexis had heard that it can be dangerous to ride down a slide with your toddler in your lap, but it wasn’t until her own daughter fractured her tibia that she realized the experts were right.

– Hebrew School is Awesome, Really. Many parents feel traumatized from their own Hebrew School experiences and don’t bother sending their own kids now. But this Hebrew School teacher would like to remind you that it can really be a great thing.

– Why I Wouldn’t Let My Son be Labeled Special Needs. Alina’s son was diagnosed with an Auditory Processing Disorder and was encouraged to sign him up for special benefits at school, like extra time for taking standardized tests. She refused, and explains why.

You Can’t Shame a Woman into Breastfeeding. When a woman is truly struggling with breastfeeding, rattling off facts, statistics, and common tropes like “breast is best” won’t help. We need to look women in the eyes and tell them that they are good mothers.

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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