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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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

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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 April 6, 2007 / 18 Nissan 5767

Shave-headed children and other delightful things

By Greg Crosby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's nothing like taking a relaxing walk on a beautiful, crisp spring day and reacquainting oneself with the world again. Ahhhh. Smell the sweetness in the air. See the blossoms in the trees. Oh, look. Up ahead. Here comes a happy young family walking toward me out for their own little constitutional. Gosh, isn't it nice to see a family out together enjoying the day? Gee, it's just like the good old days when people were normal and took delight in life's simple little pleasures and . Uh, oh. Whoops.

Children are a reflection of their parents so I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. The young boy - I would say no more than six or seven at the most, has a completely shaved head. He is with his mother and father and sister and I'm fairly certain that his lack of hair has nothing to do with medication from a life-threatening illness. I say this based on the appearance of the rest of the family and the boy's dress, demeanor and energy.

Dad has a shaved head, earrings and is well tattooed; mom has her share of tats and metal in her face as well. Sorry to report I really didn't get a good look at sister so I don't know what accoutrements she displays besides just looking rather unkempt. Her hair has that really dirty, stringy, street urchin look. Little brother, in addition to the total lack of hair or even stubble, was wearing a black T-shirt with some sort of Goth message written on it that I couldn't make out. Just your average American family out for a little morning stroll.

I guess it would be silly of me to expect that the children of weirdoes would look anything other than weird. Of course they're going to look like the mother and father. Only it's just a wee bit disturbing - and somehow perverted - to see that bizzaro skinhead look on an otherwise healthy, normal six year old little boy. Imagine - they actually shaved the kid's head to match daddy's skinned scalp. Cute. I wonder when they've got him scheduled for his first piercing.

It isn't a stretch to think that the tattooing and piercing craze will eventually mainstream into the youngest of children. Matter of fact, I'd be surprised if it doesn't. Just as my father and mother didn't think it was wrong to take me to the barber shop for my first haircut, today's parents (who have themselves been shaven, pieced and tattooed) would think it is perfectly normal to have their children branded and skinned just as they themselves are. As for the kids, well, sure they'll want to look like mom and dad. Of course. Little ones want to emulate their parents. When I was seven I wanted to look just like my dad (and now finally, I do, but that's another story).

Once the trend catches on, children's tattoo and piercing parlors will sprout up all over the place I'm sure. "TATS FOR TOTS," and "TATS 'R' US" will be chain stores from coast to coast. Family Fun Centers will be created that will focus on tattoos and piercing for the whole family - complete with special "family rates" and discount coupons for children under ten. The best value will be the season passes.

"Ring around the rosy" will take on a whole new meaning. "Newborn to raise hell" will be bumper stickers on baby carriages. Baby diaper pins are not just for the baby's diapers anymore. Tattoos will be designed especially for kids. Licensed cartoon characters will be among the many offerings. Batman, Superman, and Star Wars, all these and more will be available in dozens of variations and designs. Winnie the Pooh? Now it's Winnie the tattoo. Sponge Bob SquarePants would be so sweet on little Jason's forearm, don't you think? Can you imagine The Wiggles wiggling around little Emma's ankle? And wouldn't Thomas the Tank Engine look adorable emblazoned across your baby's chest?

And then there are the piercings. How about Flintstones studs for kids? Narnia nose rings. And Muppet Metal for your moppet. For the pessimist child Eeyore eyebrow rings could be big. Face painting is so yesterday - and so temporary. And think about this - tattooing is a great way to permanently ID your kid. Just tattoo his or her name and address right on the back of the neck and if your child wanders away then people will know where he or she belongs. How cool is that?

What a wonderful, enlightened, exciting era we will live in. At last, a time when tattoos will not just be for drunken sailors, pirates, tribal savages, concentration camp prisoners and gang members anymore. Tattoos will be for children of all ages. Ah, yes. If we're shaving their heads today, we'll be inking their bodies tomorrow, I promise you. Now that's progress.

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