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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Science fair spurs on hyper parents

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | After six years of Science Fair projects, the Princess had never advanced beyond competition in her own school. Not because her projects hadn't been innovative, impeccably researched and masterfully displayed, but rather because the judges were idiots.


OK, maybe not. The competition at these things is unbelievable, but more on that in a minute.


This year, the seventh-grade Princess and her friend collaborated on a project that involved building an incubator to grow germs and then documenting that, yes, double-dipping chips and dips does transfer bacteria from one person to another. My task, as always, was to go to Staples and buy the tri-fold display board. I'm all about the Science.


The project looked great, and the Princesses advanced to the county level of competition. Having never attended a countywide science fair before (who goes unless their own kid is in it, right?) let's just say it was an eye-opener.


For starters, it's kind of a big deal. To the parents. You've heard of helicopter parents, the ones who hover and fuss over their prodigies endlessly? These were the Sikorsky Super Stallion helicopter parents. I, on the other hand, dumped the girls in the gym and went in search of the $3 pizza slice I'd seen advertised out front.


I had to eat alone. All the other parents seemed to know each other from past competitions. There was a lot of "What's your project?" questions, but it was from parent to parent, not involving the kid. I am not implying for a minute that the kids don't do all their own work. I'm coming right out and saying it.

Letter from JWR publisher


The judges walked into the gym and there was a somewhat hysterical plea over the P.A. for "ALL PARENTS TO EXIT THE GYM." A couple of moms looked as if they might have to be tased to get out of there. Finally, the judges filed in, wearing lab coats and holding clipboards.


"Their outfits are so cute!" I gushed to the mom beside me. She walked away. If I'd been a science fair experiment, I would've been "Corrosive Relationships."


Two hours later, Duh Hubby and I sat in a packed auditorium among some very, uh, determined parents. I'd seen the competition and unless the Princess had cobbled together an atom-splitter, she was toast.


On the way out, there was some sobbing, by the parents. As predicted, this would be the end of the line for our family. We held our heads high, having lost to a kid whose project title made us look at each other and say, "Do whaaaaaaat?"


"We'll get 'em next year," I told the Princess.


"No, we won't," she said.


"Yeah, I know."

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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