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.
I recently received the following letter: My daughter is often complaining about her day in school. She seems to do well academically and has friends. She just seems to take things to heart and does not seem to be able to cope with life. I vacillate between saying, “You shouldn’t worry, you are smart and
About a year ago, The New York Times published an article about Marshall Duke, a psychologist at Emory University. He was asked to explore ritual and myth in American families. What he discovered is that children who know a lot about their families and their histories tend to do better when they face challenges. “The
The summer is flying by and we’re trying to enjoy it. However, our thoughts never stray to far from Israel. I am glued to the computer, to the news reports coming out of the Holy Land. My second son is there now on NCSY’s Kollel tour and we hope to join him in 2 weeks.
My son is a CIT at a local day camp here. After the first day of camp, he complained, “My campers just don’t listen! It is really hard being a counselor!” All parents know this feeling. There is nothing so frustrating for a parent as when their kids do not listen to them. When we
It’s summertime and with it comes lots of down time. The best thing about the summer is that we loosen up our schedule. The worst thing about the summer is we loosen up our schedule. As you can see I have a love/hate relationship with routine. One of the toughest things about being helter skelter
Every day I wake up and check my phone for updates about my boys—Gilad, Eyal, and Naftali. I know that I did not give birth to them and they are not biologically my children, but now they are. I know every other Jewish woman feels the same way. I am driving my husband crazy. In
Many parents feel that their children are selfish. They will say: “I just broke my foot and I couldn’t come on my daughter’s class trip with her. She came home from the trip and threw a tantrum that I was not there…” “My 5-year son does not let his friends play with any of his
In this week’s Parsha, Shelach, the Jewish people are preparing to enter the Promised Land and Moshe sends 12 spies to scout out the Land of Israel. Ten of the spies returned from their trip with extraordinarily large clusters of grapes, pomegranates and figs (think of the Kedem logo) and with only bad things to
Last week we had a great Lunchbreak Webinar, titled “ The Ten Commandments of Parenting” I didn’t realize how hard it would be to come up with 10 basic principles of parenting. Whenever I have trouble coming up with ideas for my classes I bring it up at dinnertime and I ask my family to
I just met with one of my colleagues, a parent educator like myself, and I was asking her for a good topic for my next post. She suggested that I write about my favorite parenting techniques. I told her it wasn’t a good idea; I have too many “favorite parenting techniques.” She then suggested that