Easy Ways to Get Your Kids Back into School Routines

August 27, 2015, by

As we move into the new school year, it can get a bit tricky getting back into a routine with our children. Here are some ideas on how to help our kids transition smoothly while helping us maintain an even keel: Instead of “ Get out of bed right now!” Give children choices: “Do you

Ask Aviva: September Blues

August 24, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, My wife and I are dreading that camp is ending. Our 8-year-old daughter did so well in camp with her friends and was so, so happy. She is a drastically different child than when she is in school. Every year she suffers academically, and even though she is so social and popular in

The Power of Now

August 13, 2015, by

One of the most famous paradoxes in Judaism, which ties into this week’s Parshat Re’eh, is Hillel’s statement in the first chapter of Ethics of our Fathers: “If I am not for myself then, Who will be for me?” Hillel clearly states that we must be autonomous, independent and not rely on others for our

Ask Aviva: Hating the Green-Eyed Monster

August 6, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I have a wonderful dear friend who is amazing in all ways except for just one. But that one is a biggie, as it is one of the Ten Commandments! My friend is a coveter. She covets the things in my home, my car, my style—you name it! At times I find it

Let Us Make a Mentsch

August 5, 2015, by

Many parents tell me: My kids are always misbehaving! My kids are so irresponsible! My kids act all entitled! My children are so impatient! They want everything and they want it right away! And I tell them that kids are still kids. They are still learning how to behave. They are going to act irresponsibly

Ask Aviva: Roller Coaster of Love

July 14, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I don’t know what to make of my marriage. It seems bipolar! When it’s good, it’s unbelievably amazing. When it’s bad, it gets ugly and feels like Gehinom. I don’t think this is normal… What should I do? -Roller Coaster Ride Dear Roller Coaster Ride, Oy, this doesn’t sound like a fun ride.

Stop Summer Tantrums Before They Start

July 8, 2015, by

Does it seem like kids meltdown and tantrum more in the summer? It may be because of lack of sleep — no kids want to go to sleep when the sun is still out and bed times are usually pushed off. Meal times also aren’t on schedule — not to mention the never-ending heat and humidity.

The Stories You Should Tell Your Child This Summer

July 1, 2015, by

Two years ago, The New York Times featured an article written by Bruce Feiler that discussed the work of Marshall Duke, a psychologist at Emory University. Duke explored ritual and myth in American families and discovered something surprising: children who know a lot about their families and their histories tend to do better when they

A Note to Parents

June 16, 2015, by

Dear Parents: I appreciate your taking the time to read these thoughts.  I hope they will be helpful to you and to your family. The ideas discussed here are relevant twelve months a year.  I am especially moved to share them now, in the weeks leading up to the summer, as it is important to

Good Parenting: Why Threats Don’t Work

June 11, 2015, by

“You better do your homework or else!” “If you don’t get yourself into the car you are punished for life!” “You better march yourself into Mark’s room and apologize for calling him names or you can forget about going to Sara’s birthday party!” Does this sound familiar? Parents often resort to using threats with their

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