I wasn’t the most ardent Hillary Clinton fan, but when it came down to the wire, there was no contest. You don’t decry Mordechai when Haman is banging down your door.
So I breathed a sigh of…relief when Samuel’s school election results came in: Clinton won the general. I wasn’t entirely surprised, given the demographics of his day school, but my relief was palpable. It told me I was among my people, assuming children parroted the political views of their parents. Just as importantly, I thought it was a harbinger of… >> Read More
Parents, quick question: when you get home from a hard day at work, what do you do?
I can tell you what I do: I fling my bra across the room, change into my polka dot jammie pants, crack open a…beer or pour a dram of whisky or maybe smoke something, put on some gangsta rap or a little death metal, maybe watch a movie, or read... Basically, I chill. And it's great. I separate from my work, and I just am. I love it. Guess what? Our kids "work" too. It's called "school" and… >> Read More
Hebrew lessons in a Jewish elementary school in Israel isn't all that surprising, but kids being taught Hebrew by an Arab woman by using a darbuka (Arab drum) is enough to make a hit video. Not…only is it a cool way to learn, but this kind of solidarity and connection in Israel (and here, too) is something we not only need more of, but need to celebrate and normalize. Jehan Jaber, a Hebrew teacher of 17 years, is from a small Arab town in central Israel, and she really wants her students to learn… >> Read More
The other day I woke up late, congested from a double whammy of bad allergies and a cold, to the high-pitched whines of one kid arguing that a nature show is not "a real movie" and the other running…around with a poop-filled diaper, refusing to be changed. It was 7:57 a.m. and I had to take my older son to an appointment in exactly 33 minutes. But first, I had to fully open my eyes, feed the dog, fill a Star Wars lunchbox with semi-nutritious snacks, change that diaper, and get myself dressed.… >> Read More
When my 13-year-old daughter got home from school last Tuesday, I drew her close to me and apologized.
“I’m so sorry. I’m sorry the grown-ups have let you down. We tried; we really…did.” She pulled away from me, saying, “What the hell!?! Everyone is always saying that my generation is the future. What kind of future are we going to have if we’re uneducated? The adults, who are supposed to take care of us, just picked someone who is completely unqualified for the position.” And that, ladies… >> Read More