Haley Longman is an entertainment writer and editor who's spent the bulk of her career covering celebrities and reality TV. Her work has been featured on MTV.com, POPSUGAR, Wetpaint, and Teen.com, among others. Professional highlights include appearing on an episode of MTV's 'Teen Mom' and that one time Justin Bieber tweeted out her story about him. She's recently become the quintessential anxious Jewish mother, living in New Jersey with her husband and their infant son.
I’m only 11 months into this motherhood thing, but so far, not everything has gone as planned. For starters, I lost my job while 7 months pregnant. I got induced when my 41-weeker just wouldn’t…budge, and then I had an emergency C-section when said 41-weeker’s heart rate decelerated with every contraction. So I pretty much learned right off the bat that moms can’t control everything — which has been difficult for this Type-A neurotic Jewish mother to accept. But one of the few things I did have control over?… >> Read More
We have certainly come a long way when it comes to accurate portrayals of Jews and Jewish themes in movies and TV. But for some reason, one thing that’s seriously lacking — yes, still, in 2018…— is the amount of films that exist about Hanukkah. Despite growing up in a relatively observant home, I pretty much spent the December breaks of my youth watching Christmas movies like Santa Clause and Home Alone because the Jewish holiday movies were so scarce — A Rugrats Chanukah and Eight Crazy Nights get old really quickly, let me… >> Read More
Halloween is an incredibly fun family holiday — but it’s also one that can create conflict for some Jewish moms.
Although Halloween isn’t an outright Christian holiday — it originated as…the pagan festival of Samhain but became Christianized in the 8th century as All Hallow’s Eve — some rabbis are against Jews celebrating it. Some say it’s because Halloween is about idolatry and evil spirits; I personally had one rabbi in high school who ingrained in me that Halloween is off limits because we should… >> Read More
Most of us become friends with people with whom we have things in common, whether it’s similar interests, same-aged kids, religious beliefs, whatever. I, for one, have lots of close Jewish gal pals…who are moms with yenta-like tendencies — just like me. And as evidenced by the seven pairs of famous Jewish besties below, its seems that stars are, well, just like us! They, too, buddy up with those they have lots in common with. In addition to being Jewish, these A-list pairs also have the whole… >> Read More
Younger, a series in which Liza, a 40-year-old divorced single mom (played by Sutton Foster) pretends to be 25 in order to land a job at a large publishing house in NYC, has been on the air for five…seasons now. It’s one of those shows that’s had a slow and steady rise to popularity — at least amongst my friends! — possibly because it airs on TV Land, a relatively random network with few recent hits. I personally have been watching the series since the very first episode, mainly because I got an… >> Read More
Ask any mom, new or experienced, and she’ll tell you a lot of things have changed since she had her children: her body, her sleep schedule, her marriage. But for me, motherhood has also changed how…I watch TV, and I don’t mean just the depressingly decreasing frequency at which I do it. Sex and the City — which celebrates its 20th anniversary today — is an entirely different show to me now than it was two decades ago. In 1998, when the series began, I was a pre-teen at a private… >> Read More
Spoiler alert: Pregnancy isn't always enjoyable. And I don't mean the actual nine-plus months you're growing a baby inside you — with all the back pains and swollen ankles and whatnot. (And that's…if you're lucky enough to have an easy pregnancy!) I'm also talking about the lead-up to actually being pregnant, especially when the media teaches us that getting knocked up is so easy. After all, if MTV has not one but several seasons and series about 16-year-olds who get unexpectedly knocked up and then raise their… >> Read More