Category Archives: Parenthood

Justifying the Binge Watch Method (at The Mid)

Nina Badzin at The Mid

Yes, I spent an entire month of the summer watching 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights, but hey–I sold an essay about it so there’s a good justification right there. In all seriousness, I felt guilty about the time I was spending in the fictional world of Dillon, Texas, but then I realized all the tedious…

The Books That Define Summer

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Certain types of people remember summer defining books the way others remember summer defining songs. I am one of the book people. Actually, I might be both types. (Summer, 1993, every song on Indigo Girls’ Rites of Passage album.) Anyway, I’m on The Mid this week talking about some of the summer defining books I remember…

False Sense of Control

The Mid Nina Badzin

I’m up on The Mid with a piece about how I used to obsess over decisions like what stroller to get, what to pick out for crib bedding, and other very obviously unimportant matters. Was it all really about strollers or crib bedding? Of course not. Those obsessions were an exercise in a false sense of CONTROL….

Invite the Whole Class?

This week’s friendship question at The HerStories Project is seemingly about kids’ birthday parties that get too big, but really it’s about so much more. Do you invite the whole class? Just a few kids? Do we have any hope in this world of teaching both kids and parents to not be so easily offended?…

No Easy Answers

nina's bat mitzvah

In last month’s column for, 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…