Don’t break the rules just to help your kids get ahead. Teach them to be mensches by setting an example with your own behavior.
Every night, I took part in a prayer group to help a sick child and her family. But I’m the one who ended up transformed.
When I was young, my father cared for me. Now he’s old and needs my help, but can I really provide it?
At his bar mitzvah, my son took his place in the men’s section of the shul—a place where mothers can’t go
I’ve taught my children to love Israel. This summer, I tried to start a more complicated conversation.
I’ve become the overscheduling parent I hate. But Shabbat, havdalah in particular, can slow kids down.
My son’s first day of class went surprisingly well: no knife fights in the schoolyard, no time in solitary confinement
Think your kid can get into the B’nai Bagel Preschool for Overly Gifted Toddlers? Take the test.
Simple guidelines for making moms neurotic, from Marge Simpson’s favorite magazine, Fretful Mother
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.
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.
Standardized testing has destroyed public education. It’s the responsibility of us Jews, who benefited more than anyone from the system, to fix it.
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
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
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.
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
This coming Sunday marks Mother’s Day. Instead of flowers or treats, a writer offers up some decidedly unconventional prayer.
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?
And still totally getting you
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.
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
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
The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions.
While Colbert and Stewart face off in D.C., parents, too, hover between sanity and fear
To the neurotic urban parent, Sukkot might as well be called Booths of Death
A debate: Is cyberbullying inevitable, or can parents stop the tide?
A haftorah of joys and tribulations
I can’t talk to my kids about Israel
When secular and religious worlds collide, which should win?
An argument for keeping summertime unplugged