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Life

Should I Push My Kids to Daven?

November 16, 2017, by

It’s Sunday morning and I am engaging in the same internal battle that many frum parents experience: It’s the one “day off” of the week. Whereas every day, I need to wrest my kids’ soft cheeks from their cozy sleeping state and urge everyone to get dressed quickly before we make our mad dash out

Teaching our Children to Anticipate Israel

November 9, 2017, by

A friend of mine recently shared the following story from his daughter’s Jewish preschool. Before the start of school, his child’s teacher requested the parents send in a picture of their child on a family trip to Israel to use for the class bulletin board. My friend was very upset. At first, I couldn’t understand

When Parents Have a Bad Day

November 2, 2017, by

Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Call it bad karma or say that G-d has a sense of humor; whatever the cause, we all have them, and what we’ve learned from Alexander, is that they even have them in Australia. The kind of day that starts off when your kids are moving like sloths

In Defense of Small Weddings

October 30, 2017, by

We were not surprised when our daughter announced her engagement this past spring. She and her fiancé had been together for two and a half years by then, maintaining their intercontinental relationship as they traveled back and forth between his home in England and hers here in the U.S. while they finished their degrees. By

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.

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