Archive for April 2014

Remembering the Holocaust and Thinking About Tolerance

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. April 28, 2014, corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.  I vividly remember reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank as a pre-teen and being shocked that there was a Holocaust that... Read more »

Helicopter Parenting Times Three Generations

Is it possible to be a helicopter daughter, parent, and grandparent all at the same time?  That’s a lot of hovering.  It’s bound to lead to an occasional crash. My 90-year-old mother likes to tell me I’m her mother now. What I think she means is, since my father died, she relies on my brothers... Read more »

An Earth Day Tribute to Our Local Field of Dreams

I have lived in the same house in southeast Evanston for almost 40 years. Just two blocks away, at Lincoln Elementary School, sits our little field of dreams. Actually, it’s a play field for a landlocked urban school that only has two small playgrounds for over 500 kids. So that green space has always meant... Read more »
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Respecting Children's Unique Learning Styles

My guest blogger is my daughter, Alissa Chung. Alissa is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. She is also a Clinical Child Psychologist with a private practice in Evanston, Illinois and the parent of three.  What follows is an abridged version of her article. To read the complete article, please check... Read more »

Not Your Mama’s Report Card

Boy, has the report card changed over generations. My parents received letter grades in the basic subjects. My brothers and I received O (outstanding), S (satisfactory), or U (unsatisfactory) for the same subjects plus behavior. My kids were marked AL (above), GL (at) or BL (below) grade level. All of this was in the pre-computer... Read more »

Passover Preparation Makes Me Feel Like a Slave in Egypt

I’m not a particularly observant Jew, so I really have no right to complain about Passover, which begins Monday night, April 14, this year. After all, I don’t switch all of my dishes or buy a totally new pantry full of food or clean my house obsessively to remove all traces of chametz (leavened bread).... Read more »
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Still Frozen – Why my Grandkids Can’t Let It Go

During a recent gathering of my family, my grandkids staged numerous performances of scenes and songs from Frozen. One of them had not even seen the movie, but the songs and characters permeated play at his daycare.  The others admittedly had seen it so often, now that it’s out in DVD, and had listened to... Read more »

In My World, Every Day is Autism Awareness Day

Imagine my surprise when the Today Show announced today was World Autism Awareness Day. “Everyone wear blue,” Matt Lauer cheerfully proclaimed, displaying a cute blue ribbon in his lapel. Well, I guess it’s a good idea to have a special day for autism since one out of every 68 kids in America is now diagnosed... Read more »