The country’s first-ever “free-range parenting” law just went into effect in Utah. As other states across the U.S. contemplate similar legislation, it could be a sign of more changes to…come. The Utah law amends the definition of neglect with regard to childcare, stating explicitly that “neglect” does not include “permitting a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to engage in independent activities,” such as walking or biking to… >> Read More
I’m an asshole. I don’t have any problem admitting that. Everyone can be an asshole sometimes.
Or, at least, I think most adults can be an asshole sometimes. But children? Not so much.
And…yet, I often hear people say about their young kids, “he’s a real asshole,” or “she was being such an asshole this morning.” For those who don’t favor the a-word, other words of choice include monster, pain, terror, tyrant, manipulator, jerk, dick, and so on. As often as I hear such expressions, it still surprises… >> Read More
When you say the words "advice," "parenting," and "books" all in one sentence, you probably get an eye-roll feeling. After all, so many parenting advice books feel too clinical or too theoretical in…order to truly be helpful. But there are some gems out there, designed specifically toward guiding parents through the challenges of school-age and teen years. Based upon our wise readers' recommendations, here are seven parenting books for older kids that are worth reading: 1. Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)… >> Read More
When it comes to raising kids, there's a slew of parenting books you could choose from. However, when it comes to raising Jewish kids, sometimes it can feel hard to get inspiring advice.
If you're…lucky, you may have an awesome Jewish community to fall back on when you need some guidance. But sometimes you want an expert opinion, especially from someone who doesn't know you and all your baggage. (And while it may be true that your mom is usually right, it's OK to want other opinions, too.) We've… >> Read More
If you’re on social media, you probably have seen an outbreak of a campaign of “me too”/#metoo across your feed. This isn’t a trend so much as it is an avalanche: People are posting the words…“me too” if they have, at some point in their lives, been harassed or assaulted. The fact is that most, if not all, women and queer folks have at some point in their lives been objectified – whether by someone catcalling to them and commenting on their body on the street, or by being groped… >> Read More