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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 Sept. 27, 2006 / 5 Tishrei, 5767

Spa me the kids

By Celia Rivenbark

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When I read in "USA Today" that 10-year-old girls are going to the spa in droves for massages and facials, I had to lower my 20-foot long neck, release the branches of the tree that I had been munching on and laugh a throaty dinosaur laugh.

C'mon, you're kidding right?

What does a 10-year old need a massage for? Tough afternoon of kickball on the playground got your neck muscles a little tense? Suffering from shoppers' shoulder after hauling around those bags full of $50 T-shirts from Aberzombie?

Puleez.

Maybe I'm just jealous. I was 40 years old before I had my first manicure and it just seems a tad unfair for a 10-year-old to be working in a mani-pedi between hopscotch and oboe lessons.

While a facial would've been a good idea for those of us who grew up as teenagers in the pre-Accutane era, it's hard to figure out why a 10-year old (or, younger, in some cases) really needs one. At that age, isn't it still OK for the banana-berry facial to be less from a $50 treatment administered by someone named Ramone and more from the yummy remnants of a Baskin-Robbins smoothie? (munch, munch)

To paraphrase Ricky Ricardo, The world? She's a-gone nuts.

It's not just little girls, of course. There's also something called the "mini-metrosexual phenomenon." This accounts for the astounding success of pre-teen boys' body sprays such as Tag and Axe.

I guess we've come a long way from the date-night dousing of Brut that I remember gagging on in high school.

Still, there's something not quite right about the image of a 10-year-old boy fretting about the proper brand of hair product when he should be analyzing box scores or putting his sister's bra in the freezer. I mean what kind of freaks are we raising these days, anyway? (munch, munch)

Of course it's fun to dress up, experiment with make up and play big-girl hair. I mean you'd have to be Cruella d'Ville mean not to allow that once in a while. But it's the notion of regular spa appointments for little girls that sits with me like week-old bean dip. I'm not ready for my 9-year-old to breathlessly inform me that Rafiki has had a cancellation by another "client" whose "like, grandmother or something died" so now she can get her hot-stone massage and sugared peach-pulp pedicure after all.

I think the whole thing started innocently when a few stressed-out moms craved bonding time with their daughters. But it got out of hand and now we have an enormous industry catering to 7-year-old's who tweeze.

To them I say, go climb a tree or something. Bark is great for exfoliation.

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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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© 2006, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services

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