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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

Ask Aviva: Single Son

March 26, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I read your article about singles living at home a few weeks ago and it really struck a nerve. I was wondering, do you think it’s possible for a parent to want to keep an adult child single? I am 24 and still living at home. The older I get, the harder it

Simple Ways To Keep Your Family Happy All Year Long

March 19, 2014, by

Purim was great this year. It always is because it is one of my most favorite holidays.  I love the story of Mordechai and Esther and each year when I hear the Megillah I find something new and interesting to focus on. Although I’m an adult, I still appreciate the candy and all the goodies

Ask Aviva: Still in this Single Stage

March 13, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I have a question for you. Our daughter is 24 and lives at home with us. She is dating, but not so frequently. Thankfully, she is not too isolated. She still has some of her old friends who are not married, plus she has made some new friends over the past couple of

Magen Yeladim

March 12, 2014, by

Last week, our community was privileged to welcome Magen Yeladim’s Safety Kid program to Cleveland. The Los Angeles-based staff, including Debbie Fox, Yair Cohn, and Yelli Koenig, braved the Cleveland weather to provide us with a comprehensive community-wide child safety training program.  Over the course of three days, staff and administration in the Jewish Day

Cultivating Your Child’s Innate Gifts and Strengths

March 6, 2014, by

In this week and last weeks Parsha we speak about Bezalel and Oholiav, who were appointed to build the Mishkan. They were gifted with Divine wisdom and artistic knowledge. They were talented individuals who recognized their abilities and used them to fulfill their potential and serve G-d and their people. Every one of us has

Ask Aviva: Mushy Mom

February 20, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I had a very difficult childhood. My parents divorced when I was little and my father soon left the picture. I lived with my mother. I had a hard time because she wasn’t what you would call “on top of us.” She became severely depressed and let us fend for ourselves; we basically

Our Inclusion

February 18, 2014, by

Sometimes I stalk Rozie a little bit at school. I know it’s crazy mom behavior, but I can’t help it. I’m not worried; I love her school and teachers. I just want to see “school” Rozie. I think it is almost like I need to see it to believe it. I need to see her