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When You Need Another Mother to Do the Mothering For You

September 11, 2017, by

It was late on a Tuesday evening when my 23 year old daughter texted me that she had been having chills, a 101 degree fever, and a rash had broken out all over her body. She was 1,000 miles away in a town I’d never seen, doing her required summer internship between her first and

Elul: 4 Ways To Ensure Your Family Has a Peaceful Year

September 7, 2017, by

The best advice I got about family relationships was this: Don’t talk when you are angry. It should go without saying then, that we should not engage in any type of conversation with our kids when they are angry. This is easier said then done, obviously. There are some things that children say that just

How Do You Help A Child Who’s Feeling Homesick At Summer Camp

July 25, 2017, by

A curly-haired, ten year old boy entered my office this week toting a colorful calendar sent to him from the sleep-away camp he will attend later this summer. On it, all of the colors of the rainbow indicated the different activities available – horseback riding, arts and crafts, sports, swimming in the lake… though the

4 Simple Ways to Give to Your Child

May 23, 2017, by

“Mommy, just one more book!” “Daddy, play with me.” “Watch me! Look what I can do!” There is nothing more important to a child then their parent’s love and attention. It is critical to a child’s healthy development. If a child is not getting the love and attention that they need in positive ways, they

7 Ways to Be A Better Mom

May 8, 2017, by

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I always tell my kids that being a Mom is the best job out there. However, it definitely is one of those jobs where you can feel unappreciated.

Purim: Teaching Jewish Children To Be Courageous

March 7, 2017, by

We all love Purim, the megillah reading, the graggers, the mishloach manot, the candy, the costumes and the parties. We  also love the Purim story. Good against evil and our people’s ultimate triumph. We gladly pay homage to Mordechai and Esther the true heroes who went to bat for the Jewish people. They showed a

3 Ways To Help Your Children Succeed At School

February 27, 2017, by

As Jews, we take education seriously, we always have. Every day, in Shema, we reiterate the importance of Jewish education, “Veshinantam L’baneicha” However, nowadays, we seem to have taken it to a new level, every parent seems to be on edge when it comes to discussing their child’s academic abilities. Parents are worried when their

The Most Powerful Way To Teach Kids Responsibility

February 21, 2017, by

Many parents feel that their children are irresponsible. Parents will tell their kids, “I had a job and paid for my own stuff!” “My parents never checked my homework, I just did it myself!” Finally, they will shake their head and say, “You are so irresponsible!” All those things may be true of what we

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