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Future Mother-in-law Prep: A Guest post by Beily Paluch

Just when I think I’ve written everything there is to write on a topic,  I remind myself to seek out other perspectives. Recently, I asked one blogger-friend to do that on a guest post for my blog. And on another occasion, another blogger-friend wrote a post for my blog right here. Both were from the perspectives of  daughters-in-law, and/or moms of little kids. Just the other day, I posted my review of the new book, “Boy Oh Boy,” the engaging guide for mothers of young boys, written by Beily Paluch. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

“Boy Oh Boy!”- A Book Review

When I had my fifth son, friends and relatives seemed to think they had to console me.  Maybe they needed to – after all, I was overwhelmed….and it must have  showed. Apparently, moms of boys (and especially those moms with no girls) are deserving of sympathy. You see, back in those frantic days, it would have been really nice had I had the book, “Boy Oh Boy!” – Beily Paluch’s guide for mothers about the wonderful world of boys. Because if I had read this adorable and helpful book, maybe I would have breen more secure in my role as mom of boys. If nothing else, maybe I would have been confident enough to let the annoying comments roll off my tired and harried back. “Just think, you’ll have five wonderful daughters-in-law!” Or: “Now you have a basketball team!.” Yup – just a few of the comments from well-meaning friends, acquaintances and yes, even family. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

5 Loehmann’s Takeaways about Life

As I read the news about the closing of Loehmann’s, I’m feeling  old, nostalgic and wistful. It is the end of an era and time is definitely moving  on. None of us, whether we were “into” Loehmann’s that much or not,  likes hearing this news.  I know I don’t. I have such vivid memories of traveling with my mom from Brooklyn to the Bronx where the Loehmann’s was supposedly so amazing. Choosing, Sifting. Trying on. Discarding. Sorting. Deciding. And the buying…and having the distinct pleasure of wearing something that you just knew you got at a ridiculously low price. So many emotions, childhood experiences. But never mind, it’s over. Loehmann’s is soon going to be shut down. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Mazel Tov! It’s another….DIL!

I have not been posting or writing for the past few weeks, because things got really busy and exciting in our household. And since it’s really hard for me to stay away from blogging, I’ve finally broken my abstinence to appear here on these pages and share with you the reason for the excitement in the Hendeles home. Our son became engaged! (did you figure it out from the headline??). Seriously, my husband and I now have another (#3 so far! – Thank G-d), daughter-in-law, or DIL as I’ve referred to these lovely girls who have joined our family the past six or seven years. This post is dedicated to my DIL’s – including the newest one, who put up with me in the following ways: 1. They put up with me, or more specifically, they put up with the fact that I write about my experiences as a MIL. True, they have no choice (sort of), and although I let … Continue reading

The Middle Holiday Syndrome

Recently, I read an article about how Chanukah has become “merchandised” and “Christmasized.” The blogger, Nina Badzin, describes Chanukah as a relatively to-the-point holiday where we eat potato pancakes and donuts, give presents, light the menorah, sing beautiful songs, and say some special prayers. In her article she expresses how she cherishes Chanukah. And she observes with some displeasure,  that these days, folks (mostly stores and businesses)  tend to over-sensationalize the holiday with extra decorations and fussy products,  as if to “compete” with Christmas. I agree with Nina. I don’t like competition.  I – as a Jewish person and as a women — like to be myself, do my own thing, what I know and believe to be correct, and do it all as best as I can. You see, I am a Middle Child. There’s my confession. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

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