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5 Simple Summer Activities for Kids:

June 20, 2018, by

I am so glad that summer is finally here. Summer to me is sunshine, flowers in full bloom, warm weather, watermelon and ice cream; lots and lots of ice cream. This is the time to get outside and enjoy nature. Time in nature has tremendous benefits. It is a surefire way to decrease stress in

Is Faith Childish or Child-Like?

June 13, 2018, by

Religious development can be understood not only in terms of the affective domain, the emotional side of belief that we spoke about last time, but cognitively as well. That is to say, how do young children think about God? What can they truly understand? Given that their ability to think in the abstract is limited,

Getting Reacquainted with Your Inner Child

June 4, 2018, by

An infant has no sense of permanency – that’s one reason why they can play “peak-a-boo” forever; their brains are not developed enough to understand that you haven’t really disappeared behind the hands covering your face. A young child cannot understand that taking that candy from the store is an immoral act; hence you have

Religious Development – Finding the Inner Self

May 31, 2018, by

I am embarrassed to say that I came across the notion of religious development relatively late in my career but I do remember when I had my epiphany. I vividly recall seeing a twelfth-grade girl davening one day at Shacharit with what seemed like great kavanah (intent), something she had been doing all year. But

Won’t You Be My Village?

May 30, 2018, by

More and more as my kids get older, I have come to appreciate the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” I used to think it was about basic care, things like checking on a neighborhood kid who fell off a bike, bringing food when there’s a new baby, maybe tattling on kids

The Soul of Parenting: Readers Respond

May 24, 2018, by

I’ve been writing the last few weeks about what it means to be a spiritual role model for one’s children. Here are some responses from readers who recall the positive and negative exemplars in their own lives. My parents and grandmothers were my primary influence. Every Friday coming home for lunch the aroma of Shabbat

Shavuot and Mother’s Day

May 16, 2018, by

Shavuot follows Mother’s Day this year. What do the themes of these days have in common? Find out in this video from Parent Educator, Adina Soclof.

Soul of Parenting: Confessions of A Spiritual Exemplar… of Sorts

May 16, 2018, by

I’ve received a number of responses from people who have been reading this column and I am thankful to all of you who have said how much they are appreciated. I am particularly thankful for the personal stories and recollections that people have shared about their own religious development or that of their children. At

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