“If parents want their children to "... know there is a God," and that "those children should know that he does care about them, particularly within their classroom," they have every right to teach them such things. At home. Or in the religious institution of their choosing. It is not, nor it ought to be, the role of the school to instill faith in our children.”
“I don't suppose that anyone is actually surprised. We knew that this sad day would come. It is the end of an era.
I still remember when my parents purchased an entire set (macro AND micro) for our home library. It was a status symbol amongst the educated. We could look up anything and everything. It felt as though the entire universe was at our fingertips. We children spent countless hours, pouring over the gilded-edged volumes.
Far more information is available online. But it can't replace the physical experience of flipping through the pages to look things up.”
Moxo on Mar 13, 2012 at 22:12:54
“For many it was the first step to becoming educated!”
tigerx2 on Mar 13, 2012 at 22:10:29
“You brought back another memory of my childhood. I still have a one volume book of the encyclopdia which was my parents, It is about 6 inches thick with thousands of tissue-like pages. Also gilded-edge and labled cut out thumb tabs. It is in storage now but not for long. You gave me the urge to dig it out and go through!”
“I am more concerned with the assertion that people of other faiths were permitted to wear religious symbols but that these two women were singled out. A company's policy regarding attire/uniform must be consistent.”
“Having survived the preschool graduations of my first two kids -- sans mortarboards, thankfully -- I am ecstatic that our youngest's school is foregoing with the entire thing.
Is it because we are having kids later that society is creating events for aging grandparents who are unlikely to attend their grandkids' high school graduation ceremonies?
I don't want my kids to become so jaded by these experiences that they are no longer seen as special. Sure, it makes me unpopular with the PTA Queen Bees. And at some point my kids might resent me as well. But for the time being, let's not over-inflate these smaller experiences into major milestones.”
“I appreciate the exploration of how the term "mindfulness" has evolved over time. I didn't realize how multi-faceted its meaning is. I try to help my own kids incorporate many of these values into their basic outlook and behaviours and imagine that it would be even more effective if these same values were being reinforced in school. What a world it would be!!”
“Oh God...how I remember those days of non-stop screaming. I still cannot believe that we didn't wear a hole in the rug given how many times we crossed back over in the same walking pattern. "Once Upon a Dream" from Sleeping Beauty had been the first melody to surface...and that stuck. For years.
Sure, we can laugh about it now. And that's what we do best. Humour. We see the humour. Even when we have to dig way, way down.”
“I am good at telling my kids on a weekly basis one thing they did during the past week that made me proud. It is part of our Sabbath ritual on Friday evenings just prior to dinner. It helps me stay present during the week and really reflect on their actions, reactions, behaviours, etc. And allows them some insight as to what makes us sit up and take notice.”
May 21, 2012 at 18:00:51
“All true!! Summer camp is one of the best gifts we can give our kids; the ones who go and the younger ones who stay behind. I know that while he will miss his older sibs, our youngest (5 yrs old) is looking forward to having some "just me" time with Mommy and Daddy!!”
“I wonder what would happen if we allowed our intuition to act as the expert. We can't run to a book every time we have a parenting question. "Uh...hang on there, little guy, while I check what the book says about projectile spit-up. Mama will be right back." Nope. Not gonna cut it in the real world. We know what to do...if only we'd trust in our innate common sense.”
“Excellent points raised here. I tend towards modesty. That being said, children have the right to be nourished. And since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the sole/primary source of nourishment, we need encourage mothers who choose/are able to follow its recommendation.”
Seaniebhoy on May 16, 2012 at 15:35:47
“Absolutely...just not at the dinner table in a public restaurant.”
“This is a tough one. In California, where we are from, it was first-name basis with just one slightly unique exception: I'm a rabbi. So most kids in our circle of friends called me "Rabbi Schorr." We now live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where things are a bit more formal. So far, we have asked each adult what he or she wishes to be called because we want our kids to learn to respect personal preferences of others. I have tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to get the kids in the neighbourhood to call me "Rabbi Schorr," but the default of "Mrs." seems to be pretty ingrained here.”
May 4, 2012 at 07:47:49
“I love this!!!! What a great way to get in some quality girl time across the generations. I bet the little ones will cherish the memories of doing such fun things together.”
Juli Brink on May 4, 2012 at 08:34:18
“lol....I'm sure they will. Our family has always been close and this gives us an excuse to have fun together at no cost while we try to keep in shape. The ages range from 1yr old to 75 yrs old. It's a great influence on the granddaughters and if grandsons come along(someday)....it will just expand our fun.”
“It is so very easy to be an expert...until the actual kids arrive! I recall catching a story on Oprah about moms' bad eating habits when I was about 6 months pregnant with our first child. "Hah! Those moms just don't know how to manage their time properly, If they did, they'd be able to find the time to make healthy choices, blah, blah, blah," I thought. Now, I have three kids, one of whom is on the autistic spectrum. I understand those moms a whole lot better now.”
“Neither the Reform nor the Conservative movements refuse to acknowledge that their are those who are more stringent when it comes to the conversion. Furthermore, as a Reform rabbi, I require a beit din, t'villah (ritual immersion), and, when gender-appropriate, brit (either a full circumcision if one has never been performed or a ritual one). The "ancient" requirements are a later development for conversion in Biblical times was as simple as attaching one's lot to our people (think of Ruth). It wasn't until Talmudic times that the process began to be codified.
What is tragic is the manner in which Rivka has been treated. For about 90% of American Jewry, Rivka's mother's conversion is considered valid. To question Rivka's status is reprehensible. As has been mentioned, quite correctly, this ought to be a personal matter between Rivka and her rabbi.”
Aaron Goldberg on May 15, 2012 at 21:48:28
“The last sentence of this comment suggests lying. That doesn't sound like a good idea to me...”
“Thanks for articulating the needs of those of us who give so much to our kids and for sharing your story. It is a good reminder that there are other parents who share this journey. Who just get it. And who are often carrying much of the responsibility alone.”