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The Soul of Parenting: Readers Respond

May 24, 2018, by

I’ve been writing the last few weeks about what it means to be a spiritual role model for one’s children. Here are some responses from readers who recall the positive and negative exemplars in their own lives. My parents and grandmothers were my primary influence. Every Friday coming home for lunch the aroma of Shabbat

Soul of Parenting: Confessions of A Spiritual Exemplar… of Sorts

May 16, 2018, by

I’ve received a number of responses from people who have been reading this column and I am thankful to all of you who have said how much they are appreciated. I am particularly thankful for the personal stories and recollections that people have shared about their own religious development or that of their children. At

Soul of Parenting: How to be a Spiritual Role Model

May 9, 2018, by

We have been speaking about what it means to be a spiritual role model for one’s child. How exactly does spiritual modeling work? Social psychologists refer to it as “observational learning.” You watch your role models do stuff and then you end up doing it too. If only it were so easy! Instead, it has

Moms: Simple Ways To Make Your Day Better

May 7, 2018, by

Although the school year is winding down, parents are still always on the lookout for tips to make daily routines with children easier. Here are some simple ways to do that: Mornings: Take time for yourself: Try to wake up early and get yourself organized before the morning rush. Drink your coffee, daven or just

Soul of Parenting, Are You a Moreh or a Melamed?

May 2, 2018, by

My teacher (and exemplar) Nechama Leibowitz z”l was fond of telling the story of a cab driver who once asked her if she knew what the difference was between a melamed (one who teaches) and a moreh (a teacher). Nechama remarked that she thought they were essentially the same. The cab driver then said to

Am I a Mother-in-Love?

April 25, 2018, by

I think about that role a lot I have an inborn need to connect to people I want very badly to be a successful mother to our beautiful children raising them to be passionate, contributing, giving and happy people. After the death of my first child all I wanted was life I wanted children so

The Soul of Parenting: Who Inspired You?

April 12, 2018, by

Who were your role models growing up? Stop and think for a moment about what individual or individuals had the greatest impact on you. Was it your parents? A grandparent? A teacher? How did each contribute to who you have become? Was it something they told you that influenced you so much or was it

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