Why did I get the child who doesn’t work right?
What did I do to deserve the child who doesn’t eat when she’s supposed to — if she eats at all — who doesn’t sleep when she’s supposed…to sleep, who doesn’t learn what she’s supposed to learn, and often doesn’t do what she’s supposed to do? I really hate to admit it, but in some of my most trying moments of parenthood, the word “unlucky” plays in my mind like a background song, trying to be heard. “I’m unlucky,” I’ll find myself… >> Read More
One of my more formative childhood memories was an evening when I was in the sixth grade. I sat on the deck in the emerging spring warmth and eavesdropped on my parents’ conversation, which was the…result of my brother’s failing his first of many drug tests. This was not my brother’s first run-in with alcohol or drugs, and by this point it was clear this wasn’t just rebellious teenage behavior that he’d quickly grow out of. The conversation was heartbreaking. My mother sobbed through much of it, wondering what they’d… >> Read More
Editor's note: The author of this piece prefers to stay anonymous to protect the identity of her daughter.
My 11-year-old daughter, Sarah, is the kind of child who won’t break the board in…karate class because she is afraid of splinters. She worries about not drinking enough water, about her constipation, about her grandparents dying, about Donald Trump, and about getting perfect grades in school. More than your usual fifth grader. When learning about heat stroke at science camp, she fled to the nurse wheezing and crying that… >> Read More
Ex-adult film star Jenna Jameson has never been shy about, um, exposing herself on the Internet — whether it's her nude body, her struggle with sobriety, her thoughts on breastfeeding (very pro!)…and her love of kosher food. On Monday, Jameson — who is married to an Israeli businessman — shared a before and after photo on Instagram that addressed her struggle to lose weight after giving birth in April 2017 to her daughter, Batel Lu. (And, yes! That's a Hebrew name, meaning "daughter of God.") “Let’s talk… >> Read More
Anthony Bourdain, the famous celebrity chef and writer, died last week after a long struggle with mental illness. There was an outpouring of support by friends, peers, and those whose lives Bourdain…impacted. One particularly touching tribute was from Barney Greengrass, the iconic Jewish deli on the Upper West Side New York. Bourdain was a breakfast regular at the old-school eatery, so in his honor, an empty table — the same one Bourdain sat in a 2002 episode of his Food Network show, "A Cook's Tour" — was… >> Read More