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Adina Soclof

Adina Soclof, MS. CCC-SLP is a certified Speech Pathologist. She received her master's degree from Hunter College in New York in Communication Sciences. She works as a Parent Educator for Bellefaire Jewish Children's Bureau facilitating "How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk" workshops as well as workshops based on “Siblings Without Rivalry.” Adina developed TEAM Communication Ventures and conducts parenting, teacher and clinician workshops via telephone nationwide. Adina lives with her husband and four lively children in Cleveland, Ohio. You can visit her at website at www.parentingsimply.com.

Keeping Your Cool While Cleaning for Pesach

March 29, 2016, by

We are now in crunch time. Everyone is thinking about Pesach and starting to get down to work. Tensions are high and it can be hard to keep our cool. Sometimes it feels as if the hardest part about Pesach is trying to get your kids to help out. In last year’s post, we spoke

One Simple Way to Teach Our Children to Be Happy This Purim

March 15, 2016, by

Adar and Purim are the happiest times in the Jewish calendar. It’s the time of year to cultivate true happiness, simcha. What brings true happiness? The latest research done by Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant has shown that “the only thing that matters in life is relationships. A man could have a successful career, money and

Helping Children Express Themselves

March 4, 2016, by

Children often do not have the ability to categorize and express their emotions. They don’t have the vocabulary to tell you how they are feeling. They might not be able to say, “I am mad” when they are mad or “I am frustrated” when they are frustrated, due to their lack of vocabulary. Instead they

How to Parent Instead of Punish

February 10, 2016, by

Punishment is a popular method with parents but it is generally ineffective. When we make our kids feel bad for what they have done and we punish them, they don’t usually feel sorry for what they did, nor do they think about how to do better the next time. They usually feel angry, defensive and

Three Tips to Raise Happy Jewish Teens

February 4, 2016, by

I work for a great organization, A+ Solutions in Cleveland, Ohio. Last week A+ Solutions sponsored an event with a local Jewish organization, JFX, Jewish Family Experience, a congregation and Sunday School led by Rabbi Sruly and Ruchi Koval. They offer Jews of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations a fresh look at Judaism in a way that offers

Five Ways to Teach Your Children to be Respectful

January 28, 2016, by

In this weeks parsha, Parshat Yitro we read about Matan Torah and the Aseret HaDibrot. The most important parenting advice of all is given in this week’s parsha: Honor thy father and mother. Most of us our familiar with this concept, Traditionally, the first five commandments are between God and man and the last five

Tu B’Shevat Lunch Break Webinar Recap: Positive Self-Talk

January 21, 2016, by

Yesterday we had our Lunchbreak webinar: “Planting seeds: Tu B’Shevat Lessons in Parenting.” You can still view it online here after registering. In our class we discussed how, as parents, we can just plant seeds and lay down the foundation of decency, responsibility and mentschlikeit. We want to teach the principle, Derech Eretz Kadma L’Torah. It

Planting Seeds to Allow Your Children to Grow Strong

January 13, 2016, by

We just celebrated Rosh Chodesh Shevat. That means that Tu B’Shevat is coming up in two weeks. I have fond memories of this holiday. During lunch when I was an elementary school student, all of us were given little brown paper bags filled with dried fruit and almonds. I also loved the songs related to

Parenting Advice from Moshe Rabbeinu

December 30, 2015, by

In this week’s parsha, we learn of Moshe’s experience by the burning bush. Moshe’s modesty is evident; he doesn’t want the job of leading the Jewish people out of Egypt because he does not feel that he is the right man for the job. Hashem, in turn, gently and forcefully encourages Moshe and ultimately convinces