‘The Cat In The Hat’? We’re Too PC To Publish That

My three-year-old recently noticed “The Cat in the Hat” on her bookshelf, a book my parents saved from my own twentieth-century childhood, which I don’t think I’ve read since I was my daughter’s age. It has appealing rhymes and a story my daughter liked. (The cat is very mischievous!) But reading the book as a … Continue reading

Why I’m Conflicted About Drew Barrymore’s Working Mom Comments

Is there any Hollywood star more likable than Drew Barrymore? I’ve long been a fan, so I was interested to read about her widely applauded mothering post. But when I read that Instagram post, “Olive has a working mother,” I found myself having rather mixed feelings — not the non-stop feel-good reaction I was expecting. … Continue reading

5 Lessons About Life And Love From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Warning: This piece contains spoilers. Mrs. Maisel is indeed marvelous. She may have been jilted by her husband of four years and left to raise their two kids while he plays house with his dimwitted secretary, but Midge Maisel is forever fabulous. She soon discovers she can not only take care of herself, but also … Continue reading

How I’m Teaching My Kids To Behave Better Than Donald Trump Does

Is Donald Trump a good role model for children? Quinnipiac University has a new poll out showing that two-thirds of Americans don’t think so. Where does that leave American parents, considering that 90 percent of respondents said it matters to them whether the president is a role model? I’ve repeatedly heard people remark that parents … Continue reading

The Iran Protests Present An Opportunity To Teach Kids About Tyranny

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — especially where tyranny is concerned. This must be the unofficial motto of the Iranian opposition, because after 1999’s student uprising and 2009’s Green Revolution, Iran’s people are back at it. Here we are in the early stages of yet another American presidency. Unlike the last … Continue reading

This Progressive 1970s Kids Album Sounds Reactionary Now, But Should It?

Music important to your past has a way of finding your present. Feeling suddenly nostalgic recently, I told my daughters I’d play them one of my favorite childhood records. So, with Spotify’s help, I streamed “Free to Be…You and Me,” an album I haven’t heard in 30 years. The album came out in 1972 as a … Continue reading

Moms Under Pressure: A Review of Erica Komisar’s Being There

Psychoanalyst Erica Komisar’s Being There: Why Prioritizing Mothering in the First Three Years Matters has something to aggravate all sorts of parents—working moms, stay-at-home moms, stay-at-home dads, parents with multiple children—and it’s truly a shame. As a stay-at-home mother with a fairly traditional worldview, I initially assumed this book would be geared toward women like … Continue reading

5 Thoughts On Lena Dunham’s Reaction To Kylie Jenner’s Pregnancy

What a way to start the new year — two more of Kardashian-Jenner ladies are expecting! While Jews worldwide celebrated the world’s birthday by observing Rosh Hashanah 5778, word spread that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is pregnant with her first child. Apparently, this “triggered” friends of Lena Dunham, who tweeted: “A solid 10 friends texted me … Continue reading

Women’s Equality in the 21st Century

  Last Saturday, Americans marked the 98th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. While April’s “Equal Pay Day” typically attracts more media attention, “Women’s Equality Day” has the potential to be more significant. Rather than focusing solely on one largely debunked economic issue, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, … Continue reading

Judd Apatow, Stop Fooling Yourself. You’re Conservative

Poor Judd Apatow. He’s apparently spent a lot of time reading self-help books in recent years. If only he had come to me earlier, I could have saved him so much time and money. Because after reading his interview with Vulture’s David Marchese, it’s quite clear to me: Apatow is a conservative, and I think … Continue reading