Kids

PHOTO CREDIT: LEVI SABLE
Family / Kids / Parenting

The explicit and implicit aspects of the Gap Girl

I pull the sweatshirt off the shelf because I see rainbows and sparkles, two of Jetpack’s favorite wardrobe flavors. He squeals. “I LOVE IT!” He tugs it carefully off the hanger and then discards the hanger on the floor. (Of course). He starts to put it on, while I flip […]

Chicken or the egg or God
Kids / Parenting

Chicken or the egg or God

The other day, I decided to break up the monotony of homework assignments with a philosophical question posed to our 10-year-old, Asher. His 7-year-old brother Levi was happy to participate in our conversation.

Deborah: Asher, which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Tell a fairytale today
Family / Kids

Tell a fairytale today

February 26th was “Tell A Fairytale Day.” Fairytales occupy a special place in society, stories that are understood culturally and even cross-culturally. They are older than written communication. How can we tell stories to our children and help them tell their own?

DIY: melted crayon art
Kids / Parenting

DIY: melted crayon art

Over Christmas, my daughter received a melted crayon art piece for her room. Not only is it a great playful addition to a toddler’s room, it adds a splash of color and was a lot of fun for the teenage family member to make! I thought some do-it-at-home art was […]

PHOTO CREDIT: ROBERT SHAFFRON
Family / Kids / Parenting

Apples and trees

I have this friend (I have more than one, actually, but now we’re just opening wounds…), and she and her wife have these three little boys. So we were at this gathering, talking about our kids (I know, right? Clutch those pearls), and she mentioned that she didn’t think any […]

VQ Sex Ed: The one about vibrators
Advice / Kids / Life

VQ Sex Ed: The one about vibrators

VQ Sex Ed is back after a long hiatus. The series will run monthly from here on out provided y’all submit some questions. If you missed the first installment that gave general tips, you should check that out. Today, I give some advice on what to do when your kids […]

PHOTO CREDIT: DEBORAH GOLDSTEIN
Family / Kids / Parenting

Day trips are better with Chinese food

We did not plan to do much this past long weekend. There were no play dates on the books or trips organized. I had managed to sign up for an event at our middle school to celebrate Martin Luther King. That event would account for two hours of our 72-hour […]

Balancing work and family
Family / Kids / Parenting

Balancing work and family

My daughter, Zeca, likes to play a little game in which she tries to trick me into admitting that I love one of my kids more than the other. She’ll ask a question when I haven’t had coffee yet or when it’s late and I’m tired or when I’m trying […]

Winning the homework wars
Family / Kids / Parenting

Winning the homework wars

 As the end of winter break inched closer, B-Man asked, “Do you like it better when we’re in school or when we’re out of school?” “I love spending time with you guys,” I answered, “and when you’re home, I don’t get much work done. So I like both.” But I […]

Urban myths of parenting
Family / Kids / Parenting

Urban myths of parenting

When I was growing up, people didn’t worry as much about safety as we do today. There weren’t car seats and most people didn’t even wear seatbelts. I remember lying on a blanket reading comic books in the back of my sister’s Chevy Blazer on our road trips to the […]