Responsible parents don’t let their children drive cars before they have their license. They don’t allow them to choose to watch whatever television programs or movies they think they want. Good parents would not drop their child off at an amusement park and tell them that they are on their own. Similarly, responsible parents would not allow their children carte blanche use of the computer and the Internet.
Giving your child advice is often met by rolled eyes, shrugged shoulders and defensive responses. All this comes even though you might have just been trying to help them with whatever task they were struggling with.
I always thought I was a patient person, and then I had kids. Patience is a midah that you need in abundance when you are a parent.
Life lessons from a 4-year old boy who couldn’t resist eating all the cookies.
As parents, we are often fearful of allowing our children to move forward and explore because of the possibility of them making a mistake.
Happy families are families who can love each other unconditionally without judgment. It can be hard at times to remember this fact but it is incredibly rewarding to instill these values in our kids.
Four tried-and-true ways to maintain a peaceful home.
We need to cherish our quiet, sensitive, careful and dreamy kids. We need to appreciate their strengths and cultivate them. We also need to find ways to nurture our relationships with them.
Parenting in a modern world is not just about keeping one’s child grounded, though that is a major component. Some days, it is simply about keeping up.
Savitsky talks with Rabbi Yamin Levy, author of Confronting the Loss of a Baby: A Personal and Jewish Perspective.