As you likely know by now, the U.S. is currently experiencing its biggest measles outbreak since the disease's eradication, with over 800 confirmed cases. Many of these outbreaks are taking place in…ultra-Orthodox communities. Here at Kveller, we're all about keeping our kids safe from the measles. Especially yours truly; I live in the middle of the measles outbreak in Brooklyn, which meant I had to give my infant son an extra dose of the vaccine. Not fun. But measles is worse. Which is why we're so upset… >> Read More
Of all the news a parent could possibly have to tell his or her children, an impending cross-country move is surely toward the bottom on the overall pain scale. Yet here I was, fretting about having…to tell our kids, ages 5 and 8, that the life they know and love is about to change in a major way. For the previous month, my husband and I had been keeping a big secret: his work team was being asked to transfer from our small Midwestern city to the Dallas area this… >> Read More
Carla Steckman is a mother and a writer. She has also been through the unimaginable — the death of a child — but she won’t let you make her into a “hero mom.”
After a short hiatus, Call…Your Mother is back, and we’re not shying away from difficult conversations. In our most recent episode, co-hosts Jordana and Shannon have a moving discussion with Carla, whose third child, Talia, died from Tay-Sachs disease one month before she turned 2 years old. Tay-Sachs disease is a rare, inherited disorder, thought to be more common… >> Read More
You wrote me a love letter 20-some years ago. Forgive me, but I don’t think I ever responded. What’s worse: I’m not entirely sure I remember you.
You see, my dad recently…decided that he needed more space in my childhood home — er, his house. I can’t imagine why. I rolled my eyes at his request, just like I did when I last lived there 20 years ago. But then I found myself sitting cross-legged on the floor of my old bedroom, surrounded by piles of… >> Read More
In the heart of the Old Town in Prague, Holocaust survivors and four generations of their families — 250 people, in total — recreated an iconic photograph that was simultaneously chilling and…heartwarming. Nearly 74 years ago, 300 girls and boys were liberated from a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The orphans were flown by the U.K.'s Royal Air Force to Prague, where they took a photo in front of the Jan Hus memorial. After six months in the Czech capital, the children were relocated to Windermere, in… >> Read More