Nina Badzin

Santa and the Tooth Fairy — in a Jewish Home

Nina Badzin resisted bringing Christmas into her Jewish home. Then her kids started losing their teeth — and she realized that her tooth fairy tale was far too close to Santa Claus.

Sisterhood contributor Nina Badzin?s youngest son, Nathan.

Back to Square One With B’nei Mitzvah

Is there any way to prepare a child for important Jewish rites without allowing Hebrew school to take over the family’s schedule for the week?

Sisterhood writer Nina Badzin is trying a new approach for Rosh Hashanah this year.

Stop And Smell the... Boredom?

Unplugging from her iPhone has been tough for Nina Badzin. Cold turkey and phone-free Shabbat only go so far toward ending her gadget addiction.

Packing for camp in the Badzin home.
Nina Badzin reads with her children.

Curing My iPhone Addiction

Going iPhone-free on Shabbat and turning it off when out with friends has helped one Jewish woman deal with gadget overload. But she still has a long way to go.

Why Is Unplugging So Hard To Do?

It’s not easy to go cold turkey from the ‘convenience’ of having a smart phone around no matter where and when. But you gotta start somewhere.

Journalist Nina Badzin sits in her kitchen checking her iPhone. Can she really give up her gadgets for a whole year?

Help! My iPhone Has Taken Over My Life

Frustrated by being tethered to her smart phone, Nina Badzin has challenged herself to cut her smartphone time in half by next year’s Passover Seder.

Nina Badzin helps her kids whittle down their toys.

My War on Toys

Why do children’s toys inevitably take over the entire house — and why is it so hard to cut back to a reasonable number? It’s the parents, stupid!