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Laughing In the Face of Discipline

January 29, 2014, by

Tali was very upset. Her 4 year old son, Eli, was playing trucks with his friend, Aaron. Suddenly, Eli grabbed the toy that Aaron was playing with and wouldn’t give it back to him, making Aaron cry. When Tali admonished him for his behavior and made him go sit on the couch, he started to

These Are Our Children: Childhood Obesity Epidemic

January 22, 2014, by

Even if you weren’t aware of the fact that there is a childhood obesity epidemic, you certainly can look around and see for yourself.  In the 1960’s in the United States, the percentage of obese children was five percent of the population.  Today, that number is a staggering 17 percent of the population.  And nearly

Disorganized Children

January 16, 2014, by

Many parents complain that their kids are disorganized. These kids are often late, lose their homework, shoes, or games, and come unprepared to school. It is frustrating to have a child who seems more disorganized then other kids: who take forever to get dressed, are too tired to do their chores, have backpacks overflowing with

How to Handle Defiance

January 7, 2014, by

When my children become defiant, my initial reaction is to lash out at them and get really angry. “How dare they!” I think, “After all I do for them, this is the way they talk to me!” My thoughts can go even further downhill, “I will make them do as I say! I will show

Five Reasons Why Being a Good Parent Isn’t Enough

December 10, 2013, by

You’re a young parent or an old parent, and you’re passionate about raising your children in the best possible way. You’ve attended parenting classes, read books, and have been conscientious about being a good mom or dad. There’s one key ingredient that you might have forgotten, and that’s the relationship with the one who helped

Judaism: The Best Parenting Tool

December 10, 2013, by

I always thought that parenting an Orthodox Jewish child would be harder. I feel, and so does my husband, a serious obligation to pass on our Jewish heritage to our kids. When my first son was born I felt pressured. Am I really capable of transmitting my heritage to my son? Will I do a

Avoid Asking Why

December 5, 2013, by

Children are often irrational, illogical and unreasonable. This is normal behavior for kids but tough for us parents. Developmentally, they are not rational beings and still have a lot of growing up to do. Kids also cannot explain why they act the way they do. They don’t have the language to explain their behavior. So

How to Help Your Child Follow the Rules

November 26, 2013, by

Children ask a lot of “Why” questions. Children can use “Why” questions to gain information about the world around them and to satisfy their curiosity. They can also use “Why” questions to let you know that they are worried. They can say, “Why do I have to go to the dentist?” Kids can also use

Stop Sibling Rivalry: 5 Ways to Have A Peaceful Dinner

November 19, 2013, by

Dear Adina, My kids are always fighting over who sits where at the dinner table. They all want to sit near my husband. Every day there is a battle. I am getting so tired from this fighting. It’s ridiculous. Dinner time is really unpleasant. What can I do? I would like to say that this