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3 Steps To Help Your Child Talk About Difficult Things

February 15, 2017, by

Your 10 year old comes home from school in a bad mood. He slams the front door, throws his coat and schoolbag on the floor, grabs a book or the paper, and slumps on the couch without uttering a word. You see that he obviously had a tough day and are wondering what is going

The Most Powerful Way To Teach Kids Responsibility

February 14, 2017, by

Many parents feel that their children are irresponsible. Parents will tell their kids, “I had a job and paid for my own stuff!” “My parents never checked my homework, I just did it myself!” Finally, they will shake their head and say, “You are so irresponsible!” All those things may be true of what we

Facing Stigma Without Shame

January 24, 2017, by

My son is sometimes hard to love. When he smashes dishes, when he slams doors, when he hits and shoves me, when he tries to bite me and my husband. When he attacks the teacher who tries to break up a fight between him and another boy. One day he will be stronger than me.

3 Ways To Prevent Temper Tantrums

January 24, 2017, by

Parenting comes with lots of challenges. However, there is nothing worse than having to deal with a temper tantrum. It is exhausting for both parents and children. Many times temper tantrums cannot be avoided, but many times we can prevent them! Here are 3 ways that we can help parents prevent temper tantrums: 1. Be

3 Simple Ways To Discipline Without Anger

January 17, 2017, by

Yehoshua ben Perachia would say: Make for yourself a Rav (teacher), and acquire for yourself a colleague, and give all individuals the benefit of the doubt. יהושע בן פרחיה אומר: עשה לך רב וקנה לך חבר והוי דן את כל האדם לכף זכות It is not easy to stay calm in the face of our

4 Jewish Parenting Quotes to live by

January 11, 2017, by

Quotes are sometimes just what you need to gain perspective. I love quotes because there is so much wisdom in a relatively short statement. Here are some of my favorite parenting quotes. 1. What the child says out in the street comes either from his father or his mother. Talmud: Sukkah 56b Kids do what

4 Simple Ways To Stop Criticizing Your Kids

December 21, 2016, by

“I know I am overly critical, but I can’t seem to stop myself!” “My kids get hurt and upset when I tell them what to do. Am I being too harsh?” “I had huge doses of criticism from my parents and I don’t want to do that to my kids. What can I do instead?”

Post Yom Tov Blues: 3 Ways To Get Your Kids Back On Track

October 27, 2016, by

Sadly, the Yom Tovim have ended. Now it is back to life. Most parents and children do better with a routine. However, when we have not been on a regular schedule for a long time (since Rosh Hashana), it can be tricky to get back on track. This is what we call a transition time.

5 Phrases That Stop Chutzpah In It’s Tracks

September 21, 2016, by

Yom Tov is coming up. We might not want to admit it, but it can be a tense time. There is a lot of work to be done and not so much time to do it. Kids might feel neglected, and parents feel overworked. That can set tempers flaring. We often respond to our children’s

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