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Egg Timer, Soup Nuts, and Dance Shoes: A Single Mom’s Survival Guide

Rivky Winter

“How do you manage?” is usually the first question I’m asked when people find out that I’m the single mother of five young children. The second response is often: “But your kids seem so normal!” Most time, I suffice with the short answer: “Hashem helps me.” Recently, however, I realized that others — both single mothers and those women thrust to the helm of their family due to illness, travel, or any number of reasons — might benefit from the longer answer.

 

I’m Bo-o-red!

Esther Rabi

“There’s nothing to do!” your child whines, his frustration at being bored mounting. You have far too much to do, but you’re also feeling bored. Our usual response to boredom is to try to banish it. But boredom has some surprising benefits.

 

Cooking Up a Cookbook: Behind the Scenes of the Creation of The Best of Family Table

Braha Bender

Ingredients: 200+ recipes 17 chefs (food columnists or guest contributors) 13 writers 6 graphic artists 4 proofreaders 1 tight deadline generous pinch of good humor

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