Category Archives: Parenthood

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,…

Topics I Avoid In My Writing

photo by Carolyn Tiry via flickr

Some people have asked why I’m not writing about the situation in Israel. Fair question. Here’s my August column at Tcjewfolk.com, which will tell you why I’ve avoided that topic as well as four other topics that I purposely avoid in my writing. Please join me at tcjewfolk.com with “Things I Don’t Write About on the Internet.”…

Why I Love Walking for Exercise Again

Reasons I'm walking again

I’ve had episodes of exercise devotion over the years. In the early 90s I tackled Cindy Crawford videos, then Step Aerobics, roller blading, and the Buns of Steel series. Decades later, after my third baby, I got hooked on Pilates. And according to Google, the most popular post on my personal blog is about the…

How We Celebrate The Fourth of July

July 4th, 2013

The Fourth of July is not a Jewish holiday, but my heritage and my husband’s heavily influences the way we “observe” this particular American celebration. Not everyone will agree with our view, but I hope you’ll read about it anyway. Come see what I mean by “observe” and let me know what you do on The Fourth. I’m…

Summer Reading

summer reading

I love to read in the summer, and I read A LOT. Despite that fact, I am not awarding my kids for their summer reading. Frankly, I don’t care how much they read or what they read, as long as they find books they enjoy and read for pleasure. In my newest essay for Brain, Child…

Friday Finds: Late May Updates

Jennifer Weiner and Nina Badzin

So much to see in this late May edition of “Friday Finds!” (once again on a Thursday) #1. HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE IN A JANE AUSTEN NOVEL The article “How to Tell if You’re in a Jane Austen Novel” by Mallory Ortberg on The Toast made me smile. I especially loved this example: “You have five…

Makeup, Daughters, and 30 Clean Update

Bobbi Brown make up photo by Abbey Rosete via Flickr

As it turns out, I have some thoughts on wearing makeup. I didn’t even know I had anything to say about it until my daughters, ages 5 and 7, started begging me to let them wear lip gloss. Spoiler alert: I love makeup! But when do I want my daughters to get started with all…