A facelift for my daughter’s doll and a viral video about a toy monkey teach lessons about redemption
Shielding kids from the Yizkor memorial service, or death in general, is misguided—as children’s books suggest
The High Holidays are the perfect time to instruct children in the art of saying ‘I’m sorry’—and meaning it
Think your kid can get into the B’nai Bagel Preschool for Overly Gifted Toddlers? Take the test.
Breastfeeding mothers have enough to think about without worrying that they’re not sufficiently sexy
Forget the Olympics and going for the gold. Books about baseball show kids why it’s OK—even good—not to win.
Anxious about sending your kids to camp? Don’t just fret—sing along to some of your favorite songs.
A thrift shop in New York’s East Village holds the story of my kids’ early years, and of a changed neighborhood
This week, the popular vampire series finally incorporated a Jewish theme—and played into a centuries-old slur
The documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. casts a skeptical look at all those pink-branded efforts to raise awareness
Simple guidelines for making moms neurotic, from Marge Simpson’s favorite magazine, Fretful Mother
From Hunger Games to the London Olympics, archery—a Lag B’Omer tradition and great girl-power sport—is hot
Want to make your children hate books forever? Here are some tips to keep them from reading—or, for book-loving parents, pitfalls to avoid
Even as the Harvey Weinstein-produced film Bully falls flat, Jewish schools are trying new programs that do more than simply raise awareness
Women fought for a ceremony to mark a Jewish girl’s passage into womanhood. Now the ritual’s meaning is often lost amid flashy parties and clothes.
Lacquer screens, silk pillows, even statues of Buddha—when it comes to decorating their homes, why do so many Jews look to Asia for inspiration?
Children’s book illustrator Tom Seidmann-Freud—Sigmund Freud’s niece—led a short and tragic life, but her surreal, whimsical art endures
As children get older, they need more privacy—especially if their parents are writers. That’s why you won’t read much about my kids anymore.
Holocaust books for children can be terrifying—for adults. How do we teach our kids about history without scarring them for life?
Overeducated Yuppie parents gush about their kids’ mediocre artwork. But a new book about children’s art suggests that may not be a bad thing.
Need Hanukkah gift ideas? From a tale of a Shabbat princess to a Lower East Side detective story, here are the year’s best Jewish kids’ books
Children parrot their parents in every way—so if you want your kids to feel and express gratitude more frequently, you have to do that yourself
At first Oreos were an unkosher, forbidden temptation. Then they became just another unhealthy cookie.
My father would chant Torah on Rosh Hashanah’s second day—the binding of Isaac. The holiday reminds me of him and his beloved Mahler symphonies.
Under pressure, a Bay Area children’s museum canceled a show of art by children from Gaza. That’s shameful, but so was scheduling the one-sided show.
What a parody bat mitzvah speech tells us about real ones
An Ezra Jack Keats exhibit at the Jewish Museum underscores the children’s book author and illustrator’s striking ambivalence about his Jewishness
Standardized testing has destroyed public education. It’s the responsibility of us Jews, who benefited more than anyone from the system, to fix it.
Forget vampires and zombies. For meaningful meditations on attraction, power, and body, young readers should turn to that ancient Jewish monster, the golem.
Phineas and Ferb, a smart and fantastically frenetic Disney animated show, features two kids who are curious, inventive, polite, community-minded—everything Jewish parents want their kids to be