As a dad of twins (boy and girl), I always told myself that I would, to the best of my ability, treat my children equally and not succumb to gender stereotypes or conformity. They wear all colors, not just pink and blue, and they both play with all available toys, whether a baby doll or train. What I wasn’t ready for, however, is how differently society treats them, even in … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Compliment My Daughter Without Saying “You’re Pretty”
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Could your New Year's resolution have unintended consequences for your kids? As millions of Americans resolve to lose weight, parents need to be aware that their new diet and fitness regimens could have a potentially negative outcome - triggering eating disorders or body image issues in their children. Because children often will mirror their parents, experts urge parents to … [Read more...] about Could Your Weight Loss Resolve Have Unintended Consequences?
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. A holiday that’s fun and filled with anticipation, observed by people of all religions, it’s always felt, to me, like the great equalizer. Because my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, Halloween is the time when we get to decorate our house and string it up with orange lights. Because we don’t celebrate Easter, Halloween is … [Read more...] about Haunted on Halloween
I recently attended a Bat Mitzvah for an autistic girl. I was very interested and ultimately impressed with the steps it took to prepare an autistic child for a complicated religious ceremony. Will this be a personal experience? No. My son is not going to have a Mitzvah or a confirmation. As a matter of fact, religion doesn't really play a huge part in our … [Read more...] about Preparing an Autistic Child for a Religious Ceremony
Here’s what still -- 18 years into the Mommy Wars of modern American motherhood – puzzles me: are we moms hard-wired to feel badly about every single good thing we do for our children? Why do other women feel driven to position themselves as superior by making us feel badly about all the big and small sacrifices and thoughtful extra steps we, in fact, should pat ourselves on … [Read more...] about Moms Gone Mean