Like so many of you, I’m a working mom trying to juggle it all — my kid, my job, and, you know, my life. This year, during these most holy days, I was inspired to write a working parents’…version of the Ashamnu, an alphabetic acrostic of our collective transgressions, which is part of the public confession we recite during Yom Kippur. This year, 5779, I strive to acknowledge my wrongdoings, to do better by my little guy and my family, and to forgive myself and others more. For the sin of not acknowledging… >> Read More
I’m starting a new year in which my oldest is in high school (!) and my youngest is in Pull-Ups. Repeating the mantra, “No one goes to college in diapers,” I have decided that the latter issue…will work itself out somehow, sometime. (After six kids, somehow potty training continues to be a weakness of mine – insert shrug emoji here). My parenting right now spans a wide range of human experience. On the one end, we are having conversations about college, consensual sexual relationships, responsibility, and time management. On the other… >> Read More
At this busy time of year, we focus a lot on calendars. School is starting, weekly schedules are filling up with new activities, and the Jewish holidays are right around the corner. But I’m also…thinking about internal calendars — specifically, about how our childbearing clocks and personal decisions play out in public. Despite having gone through pregnancy chitchat — and unsolicited belly pats — twice before, I wasn’t prepared for some of the reactions when my husband and I shared the news last year that a third child was… >> Read More
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
The long anticipated (and sometimes dreaded) moment has arrived —your child has come to you with questions about your belief in and/or relationship with God.
If you are anxious about answering…— perhaps even paralyzed with the fear of saying the wrong thing, and sending your child spiraling down a lifelong abyss of confusing, anchorless spirituality — fear not. Yes, it’s a BIG TOPIC, but here are some ways to get through this trepidatious occasion. Step one: Congratulate yourself! You are officially the parent of a… >> Read More