Wendy Thomas Russell is an award-winning journalist, parenting columnist and co-author of the forthcoming book "ParentShift: Ten Universal Truths That Will Change the Way You Raise Your Kids." She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband and daughter.
Wendy’s Recent Stories
Nation Sep 22Your holiday cheat sheet to Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is the last and most important of Judaism's 10 High Holy Days, which begin on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Nation Sep 16Column: Ahmed’s clock proves it’s time to disarm our irrational fear
The story of a Texas 9th-grader arrested because he had the gall to make a clock and bring it to school to show his teacher has left Americans understandably reeling. But Ahmed Mohamed’s situation is about more than Islamophobia. It’s…
Nation Sep 14Your holiday cheat sheet to Rosh Hashanah
Here is a quick cheatsheet for those of you who may want to talk about Rosh Hashanah with the other humans in your life while also coming across as remotely intelligent.
Nation Aug 10How young is too young to talk to your kids about religion?
Lots of secular parents think religion is too complicated for young children to comprehend, and some worry that early exposure to religious ideas will bias children in one way or another. But waiting is a gamble.
Nation Jun 26Your holiday cheat sheet to Ramadan
Ramadan is considered the holiest month, because it was during Ramadan that Allah was said to have first contacted Muhammad. Every year, from the first sight of the waxing crescent moon until the last sight of the waning crescent, Muslims…
Nation Jun 15How young is too young for a bikini?
Should I let my 9-year-old daughter wear a bikini? On the one hand, I wanted to support my kid’s choice of clothing. I certainly didn’t want to make her self-conscious about her body, not when puberty was around the corner.
Nation May 30Your holiday cheat sheet to Vesak Day
Although Buddhism is unlike any other religion (in that it does not require belief in a deity), it’s still got some of the classic markers — and the celebration of holidays is one of them. So here, as part of…
Nation May 21Pentecost is this Sunday. What the heck is Pentecost?
From a historical perspective, Christianity didn’t start with Jesus’ birth, his death or even his storied ascension to heaven. It started with Pentecost — the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each…
Nation Apr 03Your holiday cheat sheet to Easter
Ironically, secular parents often have an easier time explaining Easter (without religion) than many Christian parents do (with it). The Passion is just such a darn mystery.
Nation Apr 03Your holiday cheat sheet to Passover
Most Christians (current and cultural) are all too familiar with the story of the Last Supper. What’s rarely made clear, though, is that Jesus’ final meal was quite likely a Passover meal.