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.
Many parents tell me: My kids are always misbehaving! My kids are so irresponsible! My kids act all entitled! My children are so impatient! They want everything and they want it right away! And I tell them that kids are still kids. They are still learning how to behave. They are going to act irresponsibly
It is the summer time and many parents are dealing with cranky and tired kids. In a previous article we spoke about how to prevent temper tantrums. We discussed how tantrums are a normal part of growing up and how sticking to a schedule can help. We also spoke about trying to figure out and
It’s that time of year—the Nine Days—where we talk about ahavat chinam, loving others without judgment. If we really want to understand ahavat chinam, we need to know that we can practice ahavat chinam not only with our friends and acquaintances, but with our very own family and even our spouses. I had an experience
It is the time of year we are reminded of the sin that destroyed the Second Temple: sinat chinam, baseless hatred of our fellow Jew. It is during these days that we are asked to focus on achdut (unity), shalom (peace) and v’ahavta l’reicha komocha (loving our neighbor). We all feel compelled to do something,
Does it seem like kids meltdown and tantrum more in the summer? It may be because of lack of sleep — no kids want to go to sleep when the sun is still out and bed times are usually pushed off. Meal times also aren’t on schedule — not to mention the never-ending heat and humidity.
Two years ago, The New York Times featured an article written by Bruce Feiler that discussed the work of Marshall Duke, a psychologist at Emory University. Duke explored ritual and myth in American families and discovered something surprising: children who know a lot about their families and their histories tend to do better when they
I grew up with three sisters, so sports to us was sprinting to the mall for the latest sale, racing out of the kitchen before my mother could catch us for dish washing duty and the slam dunk—who got to the bathroom first in the morning? When I started dating my husband I knew he
“You better do your homework or else!” “If you don’t get yourself into the car you are punished for life!” “You better march yourself into Mark’s room and apologize for calling him names or you can forget about going to Sara’s birthday party!” Does this sound familiar? Parents often resort to using threats with their
A letter from a parent: Dear Adina We are parents of a three-year-old boy and nine-month-old girl. We love our three-year-old very much, but lately we are at a loss how to deal with him. He is defiant and out of control, he hits us when we tell him NO, and the house has become, at times,
Passover is right around the corner and in Jewish homes across the world things are very busy. There is a lot of preparation, of the cleaning and the cooking variety that needs to be done. That means that Jewish parents around the world need lots of help. They turn to their kids and that is