Wendy Thomas Russell is an award-winning journalist and co-author of the "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 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.
Nation Mar 3110 Commandments for talking to your kids about religion
Secularism is on the rise. Between 2012 and 2014 alone, some 7.5 million Americans lost their religious faith. And a great many of them are parents — or will be someday. So how do we, as first-generation secular parents, go…
Nation Mar 04Quick! What the heck is Purim?
I always think of the Bible as sort of dry reading — difficult to understand, weighted down by archaic language and vague descriptions, full of stories that just kind of go on and on. But, of course, that’s not always…
Nation Feb 27How it feels to almost die from a nut allergy
I took one bite of our cheesecake and knew immediately — from my itchy palate — that there must be nuts in the topping.
Nation Feb 18Everything you were embarrassed to ask about Lent and Ash Wednesday
Today is the beginning of Lent (AKA Ash Wednesday) — the day that millions of people around the world stop buying Starbucks, swearing like sailors, gossiping about their co-workers, and eating entire sticks of butter while watching porn.
Nation Jan 29Skip the fairy tales, and tell your daughter science bedtime stories
I was never very good at science. Mostly because it was taught to me the same way math was taught to me: It wasn’t. I mean it was, technically. But not in a way that inspired me or held my…
Nation Jan 13The case for having just one kid
For the first five years of my daughter’s life, I was frequently told that I should consider having more children. I was still in my early 30s, after all, and had no fertility issues holding me back. “Don’t you at…
Nation Dec 15Why you should lie to your kids about Santa
When I became a parent nine years ago, I made this deal with myself: No matter how uncomfortable it might be at times, I would always tell my child the truth. Way too often, it seemed to me, parents risk…