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5 Phrases That Stop Chutzpah In It’s Tracks

September 21, 2016, by

Yom Tov is coming up. We might not want to admit it, but it can be a tense time. There is a lot of work to be done and not so much time to do it. Kids might feel neglected, and parents feel overworked. That can set tempers flaring. We often respond to our children’s

5 Ways To Get Your Children To Love The High Holidays

September 21, 2016, by

The Jewish Holidays are right around the corner. In just 2 weeks it is Rosh Hashana. Although we are all busy cooking, and cleaning, we don’t want to forget our kids. We want to make sure that they look forward to the holidays themselves. Here are 5 ways we can do just that: 1. Don’t

Top 4 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Pray

September 15, 2016, by

Knowing how to pray is probably one of the most essential tools that a Jew needs to live his life in a meaningful way. It is through prayer that we connect with G-d. It is an anchor in times of trouble. It gives solace and is a healthy outlet for our anger at the injustices

Parenting 101: Surviving the Summer’s End

August 17, 2016, by

At the beginning of the summer we had our Lunchbreak Webinar, “School’s Out: Family Friendly Lessons to Learn”. In the class, we had some great ideas on how to manage those lazy, unstructured days of summer vacation. The last few weeks of summer are here. Most camps are done and many families take vacations or

Helping Kids With Summer Homework

August 7, 2016, by

Q: How do you schedule and follow through having the kids do school summer homework packet? A: Hi, thanks for reaching out. You asked about how to get your kids to do their homework packets or workbooks. I think it depends on the age of your kids and the type of students that they are. For

Shavuot: Use Words To Promote Achdut At Home

June 9, 2016, by

As we approach Shavuot,a time when the Jewish people were unified at Har Sinai, we will read The pasuk “Vayichan sham Yisrael neged ha’har–and the Jews encamped opposite the mountain.” Vayichan is the singular form, although they were talking about the entire Jewish people. Rashi comments that the Jewish people at Har Sinai were k’ish echad

Helping Children to Problem-Solve

June 2, 2016, by

Children have the best ideas on how to deal with any problems that we may have and they love it when we ask for their input. Involving kids in a problem solving session, helps increase their self-esteem, builds their cognitive flexibility muscles and teaches them that they are capable and can handle the little and

Five Diamonds a Day For Parenting

May 18, 2016, by

Last week I attended a mussar shiur which included Rav Avigdor Miller’s concept of “Five Diamonds Per Day;” five actions we should do every day that will help us be better people, better Jews and improve the quality of our lives. Rav Miller’s list includes: Speak to Hashem for one minute a day: You can tell

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