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Rebecca Beck

mother of 2 and writer at www.orthodoxsunflower.wordpress.com

Rebecca Beck is an Ultra Orthodox Jewish mother of two. Her blog orthodoxsunflower is a rare glimpse into the Hasidic way of life. She has has been published on Yahoo! Style, YourTango, Scary Mommy, Mamapedia and sammiches and psych meds. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter
The Parenting Secrets We Don't

The Parenting Secrets We Don't Share

We all have dirty little secrets. You know, the kind that you would be mortified if anyone were ever to find out. Most people's deepest secrets are well kept. My parenting secrets are not. I have an autistic son with no filter and he ensures that no secret is safe in our house.
06/15/2016 10:50 EDT
A Tribute To The Heroic Neonatal Nurses Of Every

A Tribute To The Heroic Neonatal Nurses Of Every Hospital

Most parents of preemies well remember the bewildering first few weeks where everything was still so unfamiliar. The nurses put you at ease, explaining everything patiently multiple times. You see the love and care in every action. They are heroes, simply put.
05/06/2016 02:19 EDT
The Loss Of My Baby Was Utter

The Loss Of My Baby Was Utter Devastation

My baby, my long awaited precious gift from heaven, was being taken from me -- as was my dream of being a mom to twins. As cold as it may seem, I was heartbroken about the loss of my dream too. I was devastated over the fact that my son would never know his twin and never find what could have been a beautiful relationship.
04/15/2016 03:31 EDT
Dear Stranger Who Just Accepted My Friend Request On

Dear Stranger Who Just Accepted My Friend Request On Facebook

Do you feel more safe because it's online? Is it because we are in the same groups so that makes me trustworthy? Or do you accept all friend requests that come your way? I would at least expect a PM asking me why I want to friend you and how you found me.
04/04/2016 03:14 EDT
What It's Like To Have A Matchmaker Find You A Husband At

What It's Like To Have A Matchmaker Find You A Husband At 19

In the non-Jewish world, ours is what you would call an arranged marriage. But I dislike that term because in my mind that equals a "forced" marriage. And mine, like most others in my community, was anything but. At any time you have the option of saying no.
03/30/2016 05:25 EDT
Being An Orthodox Jew Shouldn't Make Me A Target For

Being An Orthodox Jew Shouldn't Make Me A Target For Hate

I am an orthodox Jewish woman and it's something I'm proud of. I know I may seem different to you, strange even. We look different, we keep mostly to ourselves and basically live in our own little bubble. I understand you don't "get" us. But I don't understand why we deserve the hatred directed at us.
03/29/2016 10:07 EDT
Breastfeeding Isn't Always

Breastfeeding Isn't Always Best

I believe mothers should do what's best for them. Try to breastfeed if you want, stop if it doesn't work, or even decide not to start at all. In my case, my daughter starved, I was totally overwhelmed, and it was best for everyone that I started her on formula.
03/28/2016 10:29 EDT