Life

Our Role in Times of Crisis

June 30, 2014, by

Our boys have been found, murdered. As each of us in the Jewish world reels with shock, pain, sorrow, disbelief and anger, our own children, students, campers are undergoing their own intense upheaval in trying to face the tragic news which we have feared, not wanting to consider as an outcome to the kidnappings. It

What Do I Tell My Children?

June 30, 2014, by

This post originally appeared on finkorswim.com. The devastating news reverberates throughout the Jewish world. Our worst fears have been confirmed. We won’t be able to #bringbackourboys. It’s over. And for now, we mourn. But many of us are struggling to unravel the Gordian Knot of emotions, religious meaning, spiritual devotion, time, effort, energy we’ve put

Your Child is Not Selfish

June 17, 2014, by

Many parents feel that their children are selfish. They will say: “I just broke my foot and I couldn’t come on my daughter’s class trip with her. She came home from the trip and threw a tantrum that I was not there…” “My 5-year son does not let his friends play with any of his

Upstanders, Not Bystanders

June 11, 2014, by

In this week’s Parsha, Shelach, the Jewish people are preparing to enter the Promised Land and Moshe sends 12 spies to scout out the Land of Israel. Ten of the spies returned from their trip with extraordinarily large clusters of grapes, pomegranates and figs (think of the Kedem logo) and with only bad things to

Ten Commandments of Parenting: Watch the Webinar

May 28, 2014, by

Last week we had a great Lunchbreak Webinar, titled “ The Ten Commandments of Parenting” I didn’t realize how hard it would be to come up with 10 basic principles of parenting. Whenever I have trouble coming up with ideas for my classes I bring it up at dinnertime and I ask my family to

My Three Favorite Parenting Techniques

May 20, 2014, by

I just met with one of my colleagues, a parent educator like myself, and I was asking her for a good topic for my next post. She suggested that I write about my favorite parenting techniques. I told her it wasn’t a good idea; I have too many “favorite parenting techniques.” She then suggested that

Ask Aviva: Desperately Desiring Vacation

May 20, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, My husband and I have been yearning for a break from our everyday lives for a while now. We just feel like escaping for a couple of days to get away from the daily stressors—jobs, kids, etc. We feel that it will really help our marriage and refresh us to better help with

Letting Go Of Perfect Parenting

May 13, 2014, by

Many mothers, and some fathers, have shared with me their insecurities about parenting. The question that always comes up is, “But am I doing this parenting thing right? Am I really a good parent?” I don’t think that there is one right way to parent and sometimes we are great at parenting and sometimes we

Ask Aviva: Perplexed Parent

May 8, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am beginning to have issues with my husband over parenting. Our oldest is in 10th grade and he is starting to branch out more socially, and is finding new groups of friends. I think this is great, and don’t mind if he focuses a little more on his social life and a

Catastrophic Thinking

April 29, 2014, by

How many times do parents hear from their children: “I had the worst day ever!” “Sara is so mean to me! She did not give me her snack! She hates me!” “My teacher is the worst teacher. She gives tons of homework! This is called “catastrophic thinking.” Children are egocentric and don’t have the perspective