The Academy Awards have come and gone — which seemingly marks the end of awards season. But not so fast! There's at least one more awards show on the horizon: the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice…Awards. Hosted by DJ Khaled, the ceremony will air on March 23 at 8 p.m. But on Tuesday, Feb. 27, Nickelodeon dropped its coveted list of nominees. We took a quick scroll through the lengthy list of nominees, and it quickly became evident that American kids LOVE Jewish actors and characters. The movie that gave… >> Read More
I think the iPhone should come with an instruction manual that’s required reading. It isn’t enough to know how to connect to Wifi or how to Facetime five people at once — it’s equally…important to understand how to communicate with other humans in a decent, which isn’t intuitive to new users (i.e., tweens). If you’re going to cave and give your kids phones before they’re mature enough to use them — like, um, I did — then it’s important that somebody teach them the rules. (For what… >> Read More
Sometimes, you see a headline in your newsfeed that makes you stop and do a virtual spit take: “Well, THAT can’t be true!” (And by “sometimes,” I mean basically every day, but let’s move…on.) It happened to me when I read the headline of New York Magazine’s story: “Basically Everything Is Improved by an Interrupting Toddler.” As a mother of six kids, I gotta give that one a hard NFW. I feel really well-qualified to speak on this point, since over the past 15 years, I have had… >> Read More
In the aftermath of the deadliest attack on Jews in American history, parents are grappling to talk about the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting with their kids. How does one explain to a child that 11…Jews were killed in a synagogue because of their faith? And if it is discussed, are they too young to process the horrific tragedy? A touching note written by an elementary schooler may help answer some of these pressing questions. A few days after the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue, a Jewish fourth… >> Read More
As my teenage daughter was crocheting one evening, I sat on her bed. As we chatted, I mentioned offhand that I don’t measure the flour for my challahs.
She curled herself over the perfect rows…in her lap. “What?!!” she exploded at me. “The challah you make all the time, that everyone loves, that’s famous with all of our friends? The best challah in the world, and you don’t have a recipe?” I explained that I do have a recipe, and that I follow the instructions, mostly, but the amount of flour… >> Read More