The Simplest Way To Get Your Child To Grow Up To Be a Mentsch

November 17, 2015, by

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! Kids are still kids. They are still learning how to behave. They are going to act irresponsibly because they haven’t learned how

Helping Kids Listen

November 10, 2015, by

“My kids never listen to me!” “I have to repeat myself 10 times before my son will help me!” “I don’t really like it when my daughter helps out. It makes more work for me…” This is a common problem that parents have. Children often don’t come when they are called and they are often

Three Ways to Stop Sibling Rivalry

November 4, 2015, by

We know that one of the major themes of Sefer Bereishit is sibling rivalry. It is also one of the hardest things that parents need to deal with. The thing is, we cannot get rid of sibling rivalry. It is a natural part of family life. However, there are three things that we can do

What My Family Gained from the Mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim

October 29, 2015, by

In this week’s Parsha we learn all about the mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim from our forefather Avraham. My family really enjoys this mitzvah. Our morning blessings state that for this mitzvah, “man receives his reward in this world and the world to come.” We find this to be really true. While I hope that we

Helping Our Kids Tap Into the Strength of Avrohom

October 22, 2015, by

This week’s Parshat Lech Lecha we are introduced to our patriarch Avraham. One of my favorite Midrashim as a child—and even as an adult—is the story of how Avraham tried to prove to his father the fallacy of believing in idols. Avraham’s father Terach sold idols. One day Avraham was tending his father’s shop and

Thanking God for the Little Things on Sukkot

September 24, 2015, by

In our last article we discussed how difficult it can be for parents, especially mothers, to focus on the spiritual aspects of this time period. It is the holiest time of year on the Jewish calendar. However, parents are often working at a disadvantage because the holidays usually coincide with the end of summer camp

Mindfulness in the Service of Hashem

September 10, 2015, by

Today we had our lunchbreak webinar: Tishrei: Tools & Techniques for Family-Friendly Festivals Devorah Levine Katz of and I spoke about practical tips on how to capture the spirituality of these days while juggling work, menus, davening, family and guests. The overarching theme of the class was this: “The little things are infinitely the

When Was the Last Time You Had Goosebumps?

August 31, 2015, by

Follow your heart. I Love you with all my heart. Have a heart. Wounded heart. Heartache. Heartbroken. Disheartened. It is clear that of all organs in the body, the heart is the accepted symbol of emotion. But this metaphor is not only employed by our English vernacular. The Torah itself promotes this symbolism. “V’yadata ha’yom

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