Julie Levine

Publisher

When the News is too Awful to Share with Our Kids

When I was growing up, my parents never talked to me about what was happening in the world. CNN was born when I was 13, but I was too busy watching soap operas, trying to beat my previous score in Pac-Man and playing kickball in the backyard with my friends to notice.

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Why My Daughter and I Still Straighten Our Hair

My hair is naturally curly. It’s also high maintenance. I don’t have the time to fuss over my hair. Instead, I straighten it a couple of times a week.

I occasionally hear well-intended comments from people I know who — when they happen to see my hair natural — first, compliment my frizzy curls and then politely suggest that I should be “out” and proud of my Jew-fro. Read more…

School Years Are Hectic But I Know I’ll Miss Them

May and June are bookended with September and October. The flurry of activity that ends the school year is just as busy as the months that begin it. Soon the kids will have completed another grade in school. One is graduating middle school. Another will start to think about college. Read more…

Disconnecting to Stay Connected

I’ve read countless articles dispensing all kinds of advice on limiting kids’ screen time. All these articles do is make me feel guilty. I have yet to read a parenting article that takes an honest look at how difficult it is to get your kids off their devices. Read more…

The Big “5-0” Focus on What Matters

When the kids were babies, I was often sleep deprived. I felt fuzzy a lot. My brain felt like it was half-working. I was desperate for sleep and clarity. I’d become forgetful. I’d leave my phone on top of the car and then drive away. I was always losing my prescription glasses. I couldn’t remember where I had been, so I couldn’t retrace my steps. Thankfully I never forgot one of the kids (OK, maybe there was that one time). Read more…

Bubby App Helps Find Love in the Tribe

Best friends Stephanie Volftsun, Sarah Persitz and Jordan Klein would often lament their dating lives. They’d had their share of love and heartbreak, and were tired of the online dating scene. Most dating apps are about “swiping and matching” and “the addictive thrill” of what comes next, Persitz said. She was more concerned about meeting a quality person who she would enjoy spending time with offline. Read more…