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Roundup: MTV gets kids to stop having sex (kinda) and Gwyenth Paltrow on Hanukkah

All the Jewish parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

-In a shocking reversal, the teen birth rate actually took a dive this year. In fact, it reached the lowest point in the seven decades the statistics have been tracked. And who can we thank for this? MTV! Yes, the networks documentary series about pregnant girls, “16 and Pregnant” is credited with helping to kick start this trend. I guess having teenage girls see what it’s really like to have a baby–y’know, getting fat,  never sleeping, watching all your friends have fun while you’re stuck at home–is much more convincing than, say,  carrying an egg around school for a week. (CS Monitor)

-Gwyneth Paltrow is Jewish? Ok, that’s not the point. The point is that she and her husband Chris Martin celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas as do many celebrity couples. And that, my friend, is newsworthy? (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

Modern family. What do you do when mom is Jewish, dad’s not, and mom remarries a Jewish guy? And then your kids celebrate Hanukkah with you, Christmas with dad, but you still want Santa to visit them at your house? Sound like your situation? (NY Times)

Deborah Kolben

Deborah Kolben is Editorial Director/Founding Editor of Kveller. She formerly covered education, crime, and real estate at the New York Daily News and The New York Sun before becoming  the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of  the Village Voice.  She has also written for The New York TimesFinancial TimesThe Forward, and Jerusalem Report. She received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns fellowship to report in Germany. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

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