Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Mommy, You’re Beautiful

One evening, while rushing to get ready to go to an after-school performance, I was touching up on my makeup so that I wouldn’t appear to be a disheveled housewife. My 4-year-old son looked at me, clearly not recognizing who I was, and said, “Mommy, you’re so beautiful!” I couldn’t resist reaching down to hug

Art Is in the Eye of the Beholder

When your children think about art, do they imagine standing in a museum, staring at a portrait that pre-dates cameras (let alone selfies)? Now more than ever, the forms that art takes and the media used to create it are seemingly endless. Why not seize an opportunity to teach our children how many ways there are

Waze to Test Your Faith

Last weekend, I decided to make the trek out to my parents in West Hempstead for Shabbat because my husband was away in Chicago. Since I am a baby who doesn’t like staying alone on Friday night without having another adult around for moral support, I always invite myself and the kids out to various relatives. This time, it was to

Bless This Mess

Even though we’re 30 days before Pesach, this article is not about Pesach cleaning. Rather, it’s about a little housekeeping of our own minds. You see, quite often we imagine things to be problems that aren’t really problems, and with a little practice we can keep a clear mind.

Where Are Your Pictures?

“Where are my pictures?” my daughter asked me one day. “What pictures?” I asked. “Well, I can see pictures of me until I’m about 10, then everything stops.” Yep, that’s about the time we went digital, and we stopped printing out all of our pictures.

With film,

February Fun

As we approach the end of February, it often starts to feel like winter might never end. Chanukah is a distant memory, you’ve already maxed out on hot cocoa for the season, and that pesky groundhog certainly didn’t help. While it feels like the calendar isn’t moving, spring will be here before we know it. Here are

Searching for Purpose as a Senior Adult

People spend the better part of their lives being mothers or fathers, sisters or brothers, children and students, employees or employers and friends. They have defined roles, know what they need to do, when to do it and how to get it done. They wake up in the morning with a plan and a purpose, interacting with the world

Penina Rybak’s Socially Speaking® Program Integrates iPad Into Autism Intervention in the iEra

Penina Rybak, MA/CCC-SLP, TSHH, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the iPad® into our world of technology. For Rybak, a practicing pediatric speech-language pathologist and an educational technology consultant for two decades, the introduction of the iPad® was a real game


My kids are old enough to walk home from the bus alone. There is no rulebook that says this; I just decided it on my own after they once asked if they could walk home themselves and noticed other kids doing the same. I have put in many years of racing to the bus at inconvenient times of day, and have well earned my badge of freedom

You’re Never Too Young to Exercise

Every January, many Americans have one thing in common: a commitment to exercise more in the new year. As adults, it is difficult for many of us to find time to stay in shape between working and taking care of our families. Many children, on the other hand, easily get the exercise they need during the warmer

Foster Dog

I am writing about a topic I was hoping I wouldn’t have to revisit, one that I had imagined was closed forever with the emancipation of our guinea pig several years ago. But alas, here I am, writing about pets again. Before I launch into this, I’d just like to add that we currently have a small, statue-like

Beads of Sweat

A large portion of my day was spent imprisoned by a vortex of fuse beads. If you are not familiar with fuse beads, consider yourself extremely fortunate, and maybe even go buy a lottery ticket because now is your time! The activity that my son Liad began to nag me about at 7:15 this morning was that he would like to make an