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Worry Like a Jewish Mother

Simple guidelines for making moms neurotic, from Marge Simpson’s favorite magazine, Fretful Mother

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Bye Bye, Baby

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.

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Homemade Esthetics

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.

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Standard and Poor

Standardized testing has destroyed public education. It’s the responsibility of us Jews, who benefited more than anyone from the system, to fix it.

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Dynamic Duo

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

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Long View

At a book festival in Sicily, admiring a tranquil lifestyle and remembering a father’s bedtime stories about drunks and prostitutes, based on his time spent Irgun gun-running at Italy’s southern tip

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Sad Sack

I’ve always had a frosty relationship with my testicles. Last month I turned 41, and now I’m convinced that they’re more trouble than they’re worth.

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Skating Backward

Marking the first anniversary of his father’s death, a son reflects on the deceased’s once-powerful frame and how its legacy and memory continue to give him strength

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Family Plea

This coming Sunday marks Mother’s Day. Instead of flowers or treats, a writer offers up some decidedly unconventional prayer.

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Calvin and Sobs

A frigid winter, a sick dog, and an iPhone app called Pocket God prompt thoughts of John Calvin and an escape to the Caribbean. But can paradise make reality any less miserable?

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Judy Blume: Still Awesome

And still totally getting you

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Baby Brackets

Who cares about March Madness when there are Apgar tests, violin lessons, and a million other things for a Jewish parent to be anxious about? Here’s a bracket for parental anxiety.

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Fun Factor

Natalie Portman, the Harvard-educated, politically active, award-nominated actress, is a great example of why kids should stop trying so hard and start having fun

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Medium Well

Saying goodbye to Medium, the surprisingly Jewish television show that perfectly captured the realities of parenting, the depths of grief, and the joys of everyday life

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Looking Ahead

The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions.

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Restoring Parenting Sanity

While Colbert and Stewart face off in D.C., parents, too, hover between sanity and fear

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The Grave Outdoors

To the neurotic urban parent, Sukkot might as well be called Booths of Death

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Bully.com

A debate: Is cyberbullying inevitable, or can parents stop the tide?

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Against Happiness

A haftorah of joys and tribulations

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Never Never Land

I can’t talk to my kids about Israel

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Having It Both Ways

When secular and religious worlds collide, which should win?

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Notes on Camp

An argument for keeping summertime unplugged

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Kids These Days

After a seder circus, wondering if too much emphasis on children is ruining ritual

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Going Nuts

Passover is about freedom, so let’s not encourage our kids to be slaves to their allergies

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Losing My Religion

How becoming a father drove me away from Judaism—and my daughters into the Episcopal Church

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Planet of the Helicopter Parents

Want an epic adventure? Try having kids in New York

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Telling Tales

How to keep your kid from becoming a tattler

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Needling Worry

Why are we so crazy when it comes to vaccines?

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The Meaning of Life

In elementary school, it’s girls gone vile

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Michael Chabon’s WASP Envy

Revealed in new book of essays