I am raising my son to be a good man. I am trying to present Judaism to him in a way he will not only embrace it, but want it for his own family. I am teaching him to believe in himself, respect women, and take care of the planet. I want him to work hard, and be generous to those...
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September 8, 2011 | 9:11 am
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September 5, 2011 | 5:25 pm
What is it about children that makes them want to jump all over people, me in particular? I am sitting on the couch, minding my own business when out of nowhere my six-year-old son decides to pounce on me. Not only pounce like a cheetah, or a lion or pick your own animal but start...
August 31, 2011 | 12:06 pm
I wrote a while back about a man named Dave who wrote me 4 times on an online dating site with the same message. It was so sad that it became funny, and after I wrote back to a couple of his emails telling him I appreciated the interest but did not feel we were a match, I gave up...
August 29, 2011 | 3:07 pm
Journal Mother Love 8/29/11
When our son Jonathan was a teenager, we made it clear that he was expected to get a summer job. He tried hard but couldn’t find anything, so I asked my architect friend Charles to give Jonathan some office work. We made a deal that I would pay...
August 24, 2011 | 3:01 pm
In most cultures in the world, grown children are expected to feed, clothe, and house their elders and in many cases it’s the mother-in-law who runs the family. What an excellent idea! In our society, however, parenting seems to have become a lifetime job.
August 22, 2011 | 12:46 pm
Coming-of-age rituals are a part of growing up. They exist in every culture: christenings, communions, sweet-sixteens, quinceaneras, debutante balls – whatever. They can all take a bite out of your wallet. But, thrifty as we are, that is not the main reason we did not give our...
August 17, 2011 | 12:32 pm
THE BIG E
If we want our kids to have secure financial futures, we have to pay the price of educating them. The more nerdy they are as teenagers, the more successful they’ll be later on. Brains earn bucks, and nobody knows this better than poor immigrants. I grew up in a...
August 16, 2011 | 3:35 pm
You know you’ve watched way too much television with your kids this summer when you start to pay attention to commercials… During yet another “Big Time Rush” marathon, I noticed a Kmart commercial. No, I didn’t pay extra attention to it because it was Kmart but rather WHAT they...
August 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm
When my son, Jonathan, was little, he used to ask me why he didn’t have any brothers or sisters, and I would say, “We didn’t have more children because we got the one we wanted.” This was almost true. What I left out was that kids cost money. They demand costly things like...
August 14, 2011 | 9:43 pm
August 9, 2011 | 6:23 pm
The other day my kids asked me if I had a pet when I was a child, which made me tell them a little story about the kitten we had for a week. This story went something like this:
When I was about eight-years-old and my brother five, we begged our parents to get us a dog or a cat all...
August 2, 2011 | 2:37 pm
Apparently, The Tooth Fairy is going through tough economic times too. 10% of children did not receive any money this year, and 7% received less than a dollar. Are you kidding me? First of all, I don’t understand the whole “Tooth Fairy” thing as it is. In what messed up...
July 29, 2011 | 9:48 pm
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July 21, 2011 | 3:30 pm
From the Messy Closet of Julia Beynart-Bendis
My Dearest Neighbor:
How are you? Hope this note finds you well. Remember the party your threw last weekend at your house? I wanted to thank you for it, unfortunately somehow I did not receive the invitation. Therefore I wanted to...
July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm
July 18, 2011 | 7:54 pm
There are all kinds of thrifty living sites out there.
www.moneysavingmom.com is one of many mommyblogs that list supermarket and drugstore coupons and retail discounts. I buy very little processed food, so a lot of this packaged, chemicalized stuff is of no interest to me. I...
July 14, 2011 | 5:05 am
A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:
Israel’s boycott ban
The Knesset passed a law this week penalizing anyone who boycotts Israel or the settlements, a measure that one leader said is intended “to protect the citizens of...
July 9, 2011 | 3:20 pm
Every time I’m at the Supermarket, I start to remember my very first trip to one just like it. When you come to America from the former Soviet Union and enter ANY grocery store, you are bound to go into shock. As I’ve written before, the shelves of U.S.S.R.’s grocery stores...
July 6, 2011 | 12:01 pm
I am just not as Tiger-esque as I had hoped to be this summer, in fact I am the very opposite of the Tiger Mother! But, I did have big plans to become one over the summer break… And even bigger plans to grow a pair when it comes to my children NOT sitting around watching TV,...
July 2, 2011 | 2:59 pm
The other day a friend of mine told me that I am the only person she knows that still owns an answering machine… Apparently, everyone else in the world has long done away with those and only using electronic voice-mail now. I’m a bit slow with technology, I admit. However, I...
June 29, 2011 | 4:22 pm
1. Why Oh why do people insist on asking how you are doing, when they don’t plan on listening to the answer? Just say “Hello” and keep walking! But don’t ask people how they are, and then interrupt them mid-sentence to tell them how late you are and need to run!
2. Why is it that...
June 23, 2011 | 11:51 am
Ever since my Grandmother passed away twelve years ago, I have been feeling like I am never alone. Even if the house is completely silent and free from all and any rambunctious/annoying children, I always feel like there is someone else in there with me. Being pretty superstitious,...
June 20, 2011 | 2:12 pm
June 16, 2011 | 10:02 am
What has become of chivalry? Does it even exist anymore? Everywhere I go I’m seeing women carrying big packages, pushing bulky strollers, and lugging around overweight toddlers while their men are cruising by without a care in the world! The thing is that it doesn’t even seem like...
June 13, 2011 | 9:46 pm
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