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

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

11 Ways To Save The Planet Without Shrinking Your Family

Save the planet. Have the (grand)child who’ll solve all the tough problems (Boston.com).   NPR wants to save the planet, and in case a recent study was TL;DR for their tweeps, NPR summarized the findings. In their article, we learn there are reportedly four ways to go green most effectively: “By the numbers, any of these … Continue reading

How American Parents Spend Their Time

Two-parent households have more time to spend reading and doing other activities with their children (WTOP.com).   Do you live to work, or work to live? Regardless of where their hearts are, many Americans spend more time with their colleagues each week than they do with their own families. Work sets the rhythm of our … Continue reading

In ‘4:44,’ Jay-Z Raps A Father’s Perspective On Infertility

             Pregnant Bey glows, surrounded by her family (thesun.co.uk). Did Jay cheat on Bey? He certainly seems to confirm “Lemonade’s” cheating allegations on his own new album, “4:44.” If that’s true, it’s a big deal for the couple and their marriage. But for the rest of us, Jay-Z’s rapping about … 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