I got “woke” this morning before 7 a.m., all thanks to some sequins.
You’ve probably noticed that many, many kids have flippy sequin shirts. Not only are they super shiny and sparkly — an…instant plus with most kids in the 3-10 age range — but there is also something remarkably, oddly pleasant about the tactile sensation of running your hand up and down the sequins to flip them in one direction or another. Kids particularly love the sensory element of these shirts (though adults are not immune). As… >> Read More
I was excited for Back-to-School night this year. I looked forward to meeting my daughter’s new teacher, and hearing how the school was preparing the kids for kindergarten next year. In just a few…short weeks, my daughter has learned how to spell and write her name, and I wanted to know what else I could expect this year. Since we didn’t have a babysitter, my husband stayed home, and I headed to the school that our 4-year-old daughter, Miranda, has attended since she was 18 months old. She… >> Read More
It seems there is no shortage of strange and troubling news about anti-Semitism recently. What makes one recent incident especially disconcerting and unsettling, however, is that it's about a teacher…who taught students in a Vermont elementary school the Nazi salute. Yup. Apparently, according to JTA, a Vermont substitute teacher was fired after she taught children how to make the Sieg Heil salute. Because that's a thing kids should learn, in her mind? It's one thing, of course, to teach kids about the Holocaust and… >> Read More
Academic success was always of the utmost importance in my youth, and the pinnacle I was heading for was earning a degree in medicine or law. It seems like it’s a Jewish mother’s dream to…announce that her child is either a doctor or lawyer (or is marrying one of the two). As a youngster, I didn’t care if I had to get tutors over the summer or come in an hour early or stay late to meet with my teacher for extra help. I wanted to be the best.… >> Read More
The Trump administration is considering cutting some cultural exchange programs, including those for au pairs, summer workers, and the J-1 visa exchange visitor program, according to The Washington…Post and other outlets. Your family and others in your community have probably benefited from some of these programs, whether it's the cool Dutch swim counselor, the friendly Irish folks at the ice cream parlor or fish shack, or your neighbor's French au pair. That's why, for families who rely on au pairs (young adults from foreign countries… >> Read More