Life

Ask Aviva: Seasonally Scared

June 18, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, School ends this week and camp doesn’t start up for nearly two weeks! I am going to be with all four of my kids, who are all different ages and personalities and I am starting to get really scared. I had saved up over the past few months to take them to different

Upstanders, Not Bystanders

June 11, 2014, by

In this week’s Parsha, Shelach, the Jewish people are preparing to enter the Promised Land and Moshe sends 12 spies to scout out the Land of Israel. Ten of the spies returned from their trip with extraordinarily large clusters of grapes, pomegranates and figs (think of the Kedem logo) and with only bad things to

Ask Aviva: Nay to Neighbor

May 28, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I need some guidance about an annoying neighbor—and it’s not what one might think. This neighbor is all of 4 years old and cute as a button, but is constantly ringing my doorbell to see if my 5-year-old wants to play. She is always outside unsupervised, riding her bike in the street (and

Ask Aviva: Desperately Desiring Vacation

May 20, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, My husband and I have been yearning for a break from our everyday lives for a while now. We just feel like escaping for a couple of days to get away from the daily stressors—jobs, kids, etc. We feel that it will really help our marriage and refresh us to better help with

Ask Aviva: Against Anger

May 13, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I read your response to Huffy Hubby, the newly-married husband whose wife was causing him to get angry. I am sorry but I must disagree with your advice: a. Chazal tell us that ‘Kol Hacoese Killoo oived Avodo zoro’ – ‘Anyone that loses his temper is like he served an idol.’ There is

Ask Aviva: Perplexed Parent

May 8, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am beginning to have issues with my husband over parenting. Our oldest is in 10th grade and he is starting to branch out more socially, and is finding new groups of friends. I think this is great, and don’t mind if he focuses a little more on his social life and a

Ask Aviva: Huffy Hubby

April 30, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am newly married and very upset with myself. I know that marriage is not supposed to be easy and nobody is perfect. I knew that when I started dating and I promised myself that I would always love my wife and never get angry. Well, I am totally failing. She is not

Ask Aviva: Muzzled Mother

April 10, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am hosting my three married kids and their families for the first days of Pesach. My youngest son’s wife is a very difficult person. She is very clingy to my son. When we are gathered around the table, she monopolizes the conversation and if someone asks my son a question she answers

Ask Aviva: Supportive Sister

April 3, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, My sister is going through a very messy divorce right now. She has a handful of kids and turns to me a lot for support. She comes to us nearly every Shabbos, and needs to talk on the phone at least once a day. I am really sad about what she’s going through

Ask Aviva: Single Son

March 26, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I read your article about singles living at home a few weeks ago and it really struck a nerve. I was wondering, do you think it’s possible for a parent to want to keep an adult child single? I am 24 and still living at home. The older I get, the harder it