“Now we can finally have a normal week,” was what my husband said way back in 2011, as the holidays were ending and my busiest season as a Jewish professional was coming to a close.
The next…day, I found out I was pregnant. The allure of a “normal week” has now followed us through the birth of two children, six more High Holiday seasons, vacations, school transitions — not to mention sick days and snow days too numerous to count. Through it all, I’ve had my eye on my calendar: I’ve… >> Read More
Smartphone addiction is real, people. We often don't think of it as being in the same categories as alcohol or drug abuse, but it has been proven by studies that smartphone use changes our brain…chemistry — especially in younger people. Obviously, smartphones aren't going to go away anytime soon. So what can we do to combat this? Well, musician Graham Dugoni created a clever, simple solution. Yondr is a small, gray neoprene pouch that "locks" smartphones. The pouches can be rented for a single event, or for longterm use by facilities like courtrooms,… >> Read More
My children are celebrating Christmas at school. Since we decided not to send them to a Jewish school, you might argue that we should have expected this. And I might agree, except that my children…are French and attend French public school. French public schools are required to be “laïque,” a word that translates as “secular” but carries more weight than that. France takes the separation of religion and the state incredibly seriously. I don’t always agree with the extent to which my adopted country goes in order to separate… >> Read More
When suburban Chicago mom Kelly Masterson looked over her eighth-grade son’s homework recently, she was, in her words, “flabbergasted” to see an assignment labeled “Hitler cartoon.”…Complying with his teacher’s instructions, her son Michael had turned in a comic strip describing Hitler’s rise to power, replete with swastikas and Nazi imagery. “I asked him, ‘Did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’” she wrote in a Facebook post that quickly created controversy. “He said yes…” Still, she was… >> Read More
It's heartbreaking knowing anyone is being bullied. It's especially heartbreaking when that person is your own child. One mom recently took a powerful video of her son crying, describing the pain of…being bullied — and the video has now gone viral. It's now been viewed more than 18 million times on his mom's Facebook page. Tennessee student Keaton Jones got emotional when he was sitting his the car with his mom, Kimberly Jones, saying how he was scared to go to lunch because other kids bully him… >> Read More