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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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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.

Apr 5 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: April 1 – 5

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21 Parenting Tips I Learned from Genesis. Was Genesis the original parenting book? With gems like, “You might sometimes want to kill your offspring, but keep your eyes open and look for the ram,” maybe so.

Interview with Interesting Jews: Rachel Zaslow of Mother Health International. Rachel went from a rabbi’s daughter in Brooklyn to delivering babies in Uganda, as a midwife and Executive Director of Mother Health International.

Hello, My Name is Janel & I Hate Co-Sleeping. After months of her flailing, kicking 4-year-old disrupting her and her husband’s sleep every night, Janel has come to terms with the fact that co-sleeping just doesn’t work for her family.

- My Nana & Papa: Survivors and More. In honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, here’s a touching tribute to one mother’s grandparents, who are Holocaust Survivors.

Mar 29 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: March 25 – 29

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- My Exodus from Brooklyn. Adina went from stoop living in Brooklyn to suburban living in Long Island. Here’s how it’s gone down so far.

- I Ate My Placenta & You Can Too. When Esther was initially asked whether she wanted to eat her placenta after giving birth, her response was, “Ewwwww.” But soon, she came around, and now she helps other woman encapsulate their placenta for consumption.

- Counting the Omer, Counting the Milestones. We are now in the period of the Omer, where we count down the days between Passover and Shavuot. But parents are used to this kind of counting–like counting down the hours until bedtime, or the years until the next milestone.

- Friday Night: Closer to Freedom than Ever. This Passover, Carla is grateful to live in a country that is striving for more freedom for more of its citizens than ever before, including the fight for gay marriage currently taking place in the Supreme Court.

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Mar 15 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: March 11 – 15

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On Days Like These, I Miss My Mom. Sarah Tuttle-Singer has a lot on her plate, solo-parenting her kids and living in a different country than her family, but the hardest part is no longer having her own mother around to be there for help and reassurance.

Welcome to My Nursing Brain. We’ve heard about pregnancy brain, but Tzipporah La Fianza lets us know that very real effects of “nursing brain,” i.e. forgetting how to pronounce your own name.

10 Ways to Add Some Girl Power to Your Seder. From adding an orange or coffee bean to your seder plate, filling up Miriam’s cup, or asking four alternative questions, Avital Norman Nathman shares some great ways to honor women this Passover.

Losing My Sex Drive After Having Kids (And How I Got it Back). Ronnie Koenig went from editor of Playgirl to mom of twins. Needless to say, there was a major shift in her sex drive, but she has five great tips for getting your mojo back. 

Mar 8 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: March 4 – 8

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Why I Won’t Let My Kids Do the Laundry. It’s important to Pamela to raise independent kids, but doing the laundry is the one chore she can’t bring herself to give up.

The Pains of Parenting with Arthritis. E.B.’s arthritis made it extremely painful to hold her newborn baby, but she had limited treatment options since she was committed to breastfeeding.

When Parenting Starts to Feel Like Junior High. When a mom at toddler music class looked Jordana up and down but didn’t return a friendly hello, Jordana was reminded that sometimes, interacting with other moms is a lot like going back to Junior High.

- Returning to the Mikveh After Giving Birth. Rabbi Elianna Yolkut never had a very spiritual experience attending the mikveh. But after giving birth to twins, she found herself craving that special alone time more than ever.

Feb 22 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: February 18 – 22

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collage hippo maya rudolph sweaterExplaining to My Son Why Some People Don’t Think I’m Jewish. When a man from her former Ultra Orthodox community accused Yael of being “not Jewish” right in front of her son, Yael had some gentle explaining to do.

Ten Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Parenting a Child with Special Needs. As part of our month long series for Jewish Disability Awareness Month, we get invaluable tips from a mom who’s been parenting a child with special needs for 20 years.

An Exclusive Purim Message from Maya Rudolph. Who doesn’t love a celebrity wishing you a happy Purim? A cameo from Cookie Monster isn’t too bad, either.

- In Praise of Awesome Aunts. Moms and dads aren’t the only one who make an impact on their kids–here’s a touching tribute to amazing aunts.

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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