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
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
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
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
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
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
Chanukah is right around the corner and who does not love Chanukah. Everyone enjoys the candles glowing in the window, playing dreidel, eating latkes and sufganiyot and lots of family parties. But many parents might dread Chanukah because of the pressure to buy their kids gifts. Oftentimes, parents feel their kids have too much and
Question: My 5-year old son has been stealing. I found money he took from a neighbor’s house. He also came home from school with money I know for sure he didn’t get from me. He denies he took it and says he does not know where it came from. Honesty is very important to me,
Yitzchok and Rivka are obviously a match made in heaven however they do differ in their parenting methods. It is not so different for in our marriages, many times our husbands don’t see I eye to eye on how to parent.
Do you sign your child up for soccer, piano, karate and then after 3 classes he decides he has had enough? Here are some helpful tips on getting your children to follow through with activities.