One morning last November, when I went for my 37-week pregnancy checkup, my doctor informed me that I was walking myself straight over to Labor & Delivery for an induction. While I waited to be…admitted, my husband ran home to walk the dog and check off items on my birthing “to do” list, which including packing my hospital suitcase. As he frantically completed these errands, he also found time to prepare something else for me: A Hebrew amulet with a protective prayer on it. Perhaps this wasn’t on your… >> Read More
Recently, while on vacation, I devoured Padma Lakshmi’s 2016 memoir, “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” The book inspired some very ambitious menu planning, and it also got me thinking about a lot…about food, family, and the meaning of tradition. Lakshmi tells the story of planning her daughter’s annaprashan, or first food ceremony. In Hindu families, annaprashan (anna = grain; prashan = eating) is a big family get-together that marks a baby’s introduction to solid foods, usually held when he or she is between 6 and 12… >> Read More
It’s possible you haven’t yet heard about RIE, the hottest new parenting trend, but trust us: You will.
RIE is an acronym for Resources for Infant Educarers (and, no, that’s not a typo).…It’s a parenting philosophy that is recently gaining traction, thanks to endorsements from celebrities such as Tobey Macguire, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Hank Azaria. The parenting method has been featured in articles in Vanity Fair and the New York Post, as if you need further proof that RIE has “arrived,” a new parenting center that’s… >> Read More