Looking For A Radical Solution To Bitter Politics? Teach Your Kids Manners

Some of those eighth graders enjoyed meeting the Speaker of the House (Instagram/@speakerryan).   What, exactly, are we teaching our kids? Having just started Sen. Ben Sasse’s new book on raising kids to be thoughtful citizens, this question has been on my mind. But seeing The Hill report that “nearly 100 eighth graders from New Jersey … Continue reading

Marriage, Economics, and Culture

Economics is not the only force pushing couples toward, or away from, marriage (gettyimages.com).   In recent decades, the face of the American family has changed considerably, along with our understanding of marriage. Consider that over 40% of all U.S. births occurred to unmarried mothers in 2014. The rate was even higher among non-college-educated mothers, at … Continue reading

What’s A Breastfeeding Mom To Wear To Synagogue?

Designers need to start keeping real women in mind when designing our clothes (today.com).   Last fall, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn took fashion designers to task for not designing clothes with non-model American women in mind. Gunn focused on unrepresentative sizing, but as I try to decide what to wear to my third daughter’s baby … Continue reading

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Family Earlier Than You’re Planning

Embrace pregnancy, embrace glamour and posterity (dailymail.co.uk). This is part four of my series on fertility challenges within the American Jewish community that started in the now shuttered altFem magazine. It is also the second part of my deeper dive into options available to younger Jews (high school and college students, in particular), who may … Continue reading

What Brad Pitt Could Learn From Prince Harry About Life’s Tragedies

Meet post-split Brad (gq.com).   Pity Brad Pitt. Yes, I know he’s an international movie star. But after repeatedly flinching while reading his latest, lengthy interview with GQ Style, I can’t help but feel bad for him. Breaking with the tradition of the celebrity puff piece, GQ has managed to run a cringe-inducing cover story. He … Continue reading

Jennifer Weiner Got It Wrong On Work-Life Balance Nosiness

Of course we should respect women writers — moms included (amysmartgirls.com). Novelist Jennifer Weiner is peeved. Inspired by Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News, Weiner took to The New York Times late last week to mock the pugnacious TV personality for his fiction, applying standards she describes as commonplace for women writers. While I can … Continue reading

Second Lady Karen Pence Opens Up About Her Struggles With Infertility

The Vice President and Mrs. Pence pose with their family at an inaugural ball (Zimbio.com). For one in eight American couples, having a baby is anything but straightforward, and that can become an incredibly isolating experience. Infertility remains stigmatized, so affected adults are unlikely to speak openly about their difficulties, even with family and friends. These are … Continue reading

The Pences’ Marriage Boundaries Make Sense in Today’s World

The Pences have taken marriage seriously since day one (twitter.com/GovPenceIN). The most fascinating thing about The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker’s now viral tweet about Vice President Mike Pence’s marriage has been the response. Last Wednesday, Parker tweeted, “Mike Pence never dines alone w a woman not his wife, nor does he attends events w alcohol, w/o her by … Continue reading

Jewish Conservative Women, In Their Own Words

The original Iron Lady (huffingtonpost.com).   I’d like to tell you a story. Picture it, a classroom in Harvard’s Kennedy School, early 2008: I often find myself in classes hearing my political party and its members caricatured. Last year, a professor informed one of my classes that Mike Huckabee would be my party’s nominee, because … Continue reading

SNL Trashes Ivanka For Taking The High Road And Supporting Her Father

Liberals wish Ivanka more like Patti Davis, less like Chelsea Clinton (Politico.com). As women, never in history have we had more opportunities. We can be mothers, career women, or some combination of the two. We can personalize what it means to live our best lives (thanks, Oprah!) and expect to be respected for it. (Or at least, … Continue reading