Category Archives: Parenthood

No Easy Answers

nina's bat mitzvah

In last month’s column for tcjewfolk.com, I wrote about our family’s struggle to decide which educational path to take as our oldest child gets closer to bar mitzvah age. And yes, I acknowledged and continue to acknowledge that by struggle I mean “struggle.” The fact that we’re putting this much thought into our kids’ Jewish education…

Modern Loss

Modern Loss

Today I’m honored and humbled to have a piece up on Modern Loss. Created at the end of 2013 by the talented journalists Gabi Birkner and Rebecca Soeffer, Modern Loss earned a great deal of press from the get-go from the New York Times, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and elsewhere for the innovative way Birkner, Soeffer,…

A Spark and The Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune

So a photographer from the Minneapolis Star Tribune came over last night and this happened today in the Metro section. Why my family? The reason they chose our family is not because I write about Judaism and parenting. Well, I suppose indirectly that was the reason. My very well connected fellow former cast member of Listen…

What Lights You Up?

What's Lights You Up For Hanukkah 2014 photo by Nina Badzin

What lights you up? I love that question so much. It’s just right for this season if you want to put some deeper thought into Hanukkah. (Probably works for all the winter holidays, really.) It’s taken me a long time to get to this mindset for Hanukkah to tell you the truth. When it was a time…

Early November Finds and Catch Up

Badzin family photo

First, let’s catch up. Before we dive into the true “finds” I wanted to do a quick catch up on what’s happening around here on the writing/blogging front. #1. The Friendship Column is Going Live on THE RADIO This one is actually pretty major. A few times in the past few years I’ve been on Jordana…

The Daily Dessert Problem

first piece at mamalode

Last year I wrote a piece for Brain, Child about the problem of “treats” in our house. I say “treats” because the word, in this context, implies an occasional something sweet or special occurrence. If occasional were indeed the case, then we wouldn’t have a problem. And all six of us who live here are…

3 Ideas For a Meaningful Holiday

a meaningful high holiday

Don’t think I’m crazy, but I have some ideas to change my approach (and your approach) to the High Holiday season. Honestly, even if you’re not Jewish, these are methods that could make a difference for other holidays, too. Do you trust me? If we want this year’s holidays to feel different, then we have to try…

Theme For Today Is The Last

what the last child gets

Today’s theme is “the last” for two reasons. #1. Let’s talk about birth order. Too often in the past few years I’ve felt guilty about what Nate, our youngest of four, misses out on by NOT being the first (or even the second or the third) in our family to reach any particular milestone. Recently, however,…