Category Archives: Parenthood

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,…

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…