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
Summer has officially arrived bringing warmer temperatures and (hopefully) more relaxed schedules. While we can’t help you apply sunscreen on wriggly toddlers or find that missing flip-flop, we CAN…hook you up with all of the fun, family-friendly activities happening in Baltimore this summer. There are poolside and outdoor Shabbat celebrations, story times, nature and gardening experiences, and even a coding class. You can also introduce the kids to Harry Houdini (did you know he was Jewish?) and learn about one of his famous… >> Read More
Under cover of night, she (or perhaps he) slinks into your child's room, eyes gradually adjusting to the darkness, until they fix on the sleeping figure within. Slowly moving toward the bed,…the prowler stops inches from the pillow. A hand reaches out, carefully searching for a small yet recognizable object concealed beneath. Once found, the item is delicately removed and a token left in its place. Mission accomplished, the intruder departs as soundlessly as they came... Dangerous predator? No, just the tooth fairy (a.k.a. Mom or Dad). The tooth fairy, that… >> Read More