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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

Ask Aviva: Can a Working Mother Have it All?

December 31, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, What’s wrong with a working mother valuing her career? Why do I get funny looks when I say “My career means a lot to me?” Why do I feel like I need to hide that or should be ashamed? I don’t neglect my kids; I sacrifice a lot of hours of my job

Parenting Advice from Moshe Rabbeinu

December 30, 2015, by

In this week’s parsha, we learn of Moshe’s experience by the burning bush. Moshe’s modesty is evident; he doesn’t want the job of leading the Jewish people out of Egypt because he does not feel that he is the right man for the job. Hashem, in turn, gently and forcefully encourages Moshe and ultimately convinces

Jacob: The Forefather Who Taught Us a Secret of Parenting

December 24, 2015, by

As we conclude the four parshiot that deal with the stories of Jacob and his sons, we are again confronted by unresolved questions about Jacob’s actions as a father. The question of how could Jacob openly favor Joseph surfaces again in our parsha: it appears that Jacob repeats the same mistake by openly favoring Ephraim

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