My mother loves her grandkids with gusto, and spends time and money on them accordingly. When she comes from Canada to visit us for a few weeks in California, she enlivens our house with her fun,…quirky presence. But when she’s here, I admit to feeling discomfort — OK, resentment — over her refusal to set aside her own agenda. I love my mom. And while she has many good qualities, like a willingness to make messes — and sometimes even clean them up — and her enthusiasm for helping my… >> Read More
As far as Jewish holidays go, Purim just about has it all. A dramatic story with kings, queens and intrigue; costume parades; delicious three-cornered pastries and carnivals all add up to one of the…most kid-friendly and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. To celebrate, there are Purim parties, plays, and both traditional and more creative celebrations being planned all over Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties. So mark your calendars, get your costumes ready, and get ready to party! Want to try your hand at making hamantaschen… >> Read More
Taking care of a sick child — and watching that child suffer — has to be one of the worst things a parent can go through. The emotional struggle can also be compounded by the financial…struggles. To ease the financial burden of their children's expensive (and often experimental) treatments, one family launched a GoFundMe campaign for their children, 17-month-old, Benny, and 4-month-old, Josh. The Landsman family's two children were recently diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease called Canavan, the genetic mutation for which is more prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews. As their mom, Jennie Rosenblum, explained… >> Read More
On September 27, I became an aunt for the very first time. My sister, two years younger than I am, obligingly popped out an adorable little boy for me to snuggle — and then give back to her.
My…feelings about being an aunt are blissfully unambiguous. When I became a mother, three-and-a-half years ago, my deep love of my daughter was complicated by the normal physical and mental stresses of childbirth, breastfeeding and caring for an infant. She and I were so deeply intertwined that I had no perspective. Was she cute? I… >> Read More
"Sound off!" I'd yell it periodically as we moved through the museum (or the zoo, or headed to the park). And one by one, all five would yell off their numbers — or some version of it. I’d…answer for the youngest, who was strapped in a baby carrier or toddling next to me. With five kids, I couldn't always physically lay eyes on them all at once, but I could hear them. My husband and I have three kids together, and he's got two from his first marriage. When our youngest was born,… >> Read More