It’s that time of year again. Although, Rosh Hashana, the time, we as Jews, reassess our values and goals is way past, many people use the start of the secular calendar similarly, to refresh and assess their goals for 2021. This is actually the perfect time to create a mission statement for your family. The
When my children were small and my parents would come visit, their suitcases was usually full of gifts. Embarrassingly, as soon as they walked in the door, my children would dutifully give a hug and kiss and then promptly ask, “Where’s my present?” even before my parents coats were off. I am not the only
The pandemic continues, far longer than we have imagined it. We are spending a lot of time with our families. A lot of togetherness can be hard. One mom wrote the following. I love my child but I feel like I have a hard time liking her. Her personality clashes with mine and I feel
Everyone is a little bit nervous about money these days and feeling the pinch. Budgets are being revamped and regular shopping habits are being curbed. If we are concerned, then it goes without saying that our kids are feeling it too. They might even ask us some uncomfortable questions: “Do we have enough money?” “Are
Adina Soclof’s series on teaching kids to be respectful continues: Catch up with parts I and II here.
Part I: There is one simple phrase that can help put a stop to disrespectful behavior Part II: Teaching kids to be respectful does not have to be difficult. Two more phrases that can help.
I am sure that many of you are in the thick of getting ready for Pesach. We associate Pesach with the eating of matzah. However, it is more than a commemorative food, it is also called the bread of humility. On Pesach we remove all leavened bread from our homes and eat only matzah to
I love talking to parents about their different parenting techniques, including ones that I never thought or heard of, but they have found to be effective. In the course of many years, I have gathered many different ideas, but the best ones are sometimes kind of silly and full of humor. So in honor of Adar,
I always say that I am a “recovered yeller.” I used to yell a lot at my kids. I knew that I had to stop, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. That is why I started reading parenting books (and I have never stopped). I tried to glean as much from them as
When my children were small and my parents would come visit, their suitcases were usually full of gifts. Embarrassingly, as soon as they walked in the door, my children would dutifully give a hug and kiss and then promptly ask, “Where’s my present?” even before my parents’ coats were off. I am not the only