About Neal Pollack

Neal Pollack is the author of the ballyhooed memoir Alternadad. He lives in Los Angeles, with his much-written-about family. Read more about them at his website.

Shofar, So Good: Theology for Kids via YouTube

By September 29, 2008

I woke up to an email from my mom this morning, featuring a little backdoor Jewish New Year guilt. To be fair, she also wanted to let me know how much she was enjoying American Wife, which I gave her … Read More

Is The Nerd Middle the Cure for Kiddie Sexism?

By April 24, 2008

My son has reached the dread age where the genders start to separate at school, and he’s not happy. While he likes nominally traditional boy things, such as baseball and basketball and watching cartoon explosions, he also enjoys the company … Read More

How to Raise an Ideological Warrior

By November 15, 2007

When I was a kid, the theory of evolution was an accepted fact. Given my role as a parenting pundit and grumpy crank, I knew I’d eventually begin delivering statements that start with “when I was a kid…” Still, I … Read More

The Taming of the Jew

By May 6, 2007

We were having some trouble with the boy again. In an argument with a classmate, he’d thrown a block at the other boy’s forehead. The block connected. According to reliable observers, a geyser of blood erupted. The other kids in … Read More

My Least Favorite Martians

By April 9, 2007

I thought I’d endured the last of the TV indignities. We’d passed the false god of Baby Einstein, and my son’s interest in Dora the Explorer was declining. Even Dora’s cousin Diego, the most cynically introduced cartoon spin-off character since … Read More

Rock Out With Your Latke Out

By December 15, 2006

When I was growing up, Chanukah seemed like a wan, meaningless holiday, albeit a personally lucrative one. My celebratory memories mostly involve the receipt of Atari 2600 cartridges. Some vestiges of old-neighborhood tradition lingered: Homemade latkes, a bag of gelt, … Read More

Reefer Dadness

By December 8, 2006

When my son was 18 months old, my best friend from high school came through town on his way to California. He’s a respected physician and my most trusted medical counselor. We went back to my office and looked over … Read More

Are You an Alternaparent?

By November 15, 2006

Before my son, Elijah, was born, in the fall of 2002, I went around trumpeting that I was going to be a “cool” dad, though I had no idea what that meant, exactly, or what effect my determination to be … Read More