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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

Giving Our Kids The Benefit of The Doubt

May 11, 2016, by

In this week’s Parsha we read the the most important mitzvah in the Torah according to Rabbi Akiva: v’ahavta l’rei’echa kamocha, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” How can we love our neighbor as ourselves? One way is to give the benefit of the doubt, dan l’kaf zchut. We want to always try to put ourselves in

Tackling Unrealistic Parenting Expectations

April 20, 2016, by

My husband laughed when he heard that I wrote last week’s article, Keeping Your Cool When Cleaning For Pesach. “You wrote an article about keeping calm before Pesach!” he joked. I explained to him that although I am stressed before Pesach, I could be so, so much worse. One of my clients wrote to me:

Practicing What You Preach

April 5, 2016, by

My husband was thoroughly amused when he heard that I wrote last week’s article, Keeping Your Cool When Cleaning For Pesach. “You wrote an article about keeping calm before Pesach!” he laughed. I explained to him that although I am stressed before Pesach, I could be so, so much worse. The fact is, it’s hard

One Simple Way to Teach Our Children to Be Happy This Purim

March 15, 2016, by

Adar and Purim are the happiest times in the Jewish calendar. It’s the time of year to cultivate true happiness, simcha. What brings true happiness? The latest research done by Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant has shown that “the only thing that matters in life is relationships. A man could have a successful career, money and

Helping Children Express Themselves

March 4, 2016, by

Children often do not have the ability to categorize and express their emotions. They don’t have the vocabulary to tell you how they are feeling. They might not be able to say, “I am mad” when they are mad or “I am frustrated” when they are frustrated, due to their lack of vocabulary. Instead they

Ask Aviva: It’s My Party

February 23, 2016, by

Dear Aviva, I am a 9th grader and I have an issue. I had a birthday party where I invited most of my good friends, but I specifically left one girl out because she is not always so nice to me. We don’t always get along and she gets mad at me a lot. I

How to Parent Instead of Punish

February 10, 2016, by

Punishment is a popular method with parents but it is generally ineffective. When we make our kids feel bad for what they have done and we punish them, they don’t usually feel sorry for what they did, nor do they think about how to do better the next time. They usually feel angry, defensive and

Five Ways to Teach Your Children to be Respectful

January 28, 2016, by

In this weeks parsha, Parshat Yitro we read about Matan Torah and the Aseret HaDibrot. The most important parenting advice of all is given in this week’s parsha: Honor thy father and mother. Most of us our familiar with this concept, Traditionally, the first five commandments are between God and man and the last five

Tu B’Shevat Lunch Break Webinar Recap: Positive Self-Talk

January 21, 2016, by

Yesterday we had our Lunchbreak webinar: “Planting seeds: Tu B’Shevat Lessons in Parenting.” You can still view it online here after registering. In our class we discussed how, as parents, we can just plant seeds and lay down the foundation of decency, responsibility and mentschlikeit. We want to teach the principle, Derech Eretz Kadma L’Torah. It

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