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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Parenting and Technology: Shifting Our Belief System

One of the ‘hot topics’ now in child and family mental health is discussing how children are impacted by technology. It is something that is on the forefront of everyone’s mind and most probably ‘pops in’ to the discussion at our Shabbos tables. Technology has been introduced to our world and has also been introduced to our classrooms and educational

The Ugliest Dress

Today, in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, my daughter swiped pink and purple makeup on her eyelids, wore a pair of too-big fancy shoes, and a Shabbos dress I purchased before Pesach, that actually looks like a combination of a nightgown and a Shvimkleid. I had previously tried to demote the dress from its Shabbos-status to a dusting-rag, but somehow the cleaning lady

Nightly Investment

“Check on me!” one of my young children beseeches me on an almost nightly basis, after shema time and the routinely allotted resting period I have in each child’s bed. “Check on me in like seven minutes….” Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.

Admittedly, it is hard to pause in the early moments of my newfound freedom when I am heavily

Tips for a Peaceful Home on Yom Tov

A number of years ago, a parent of teenagers and adult children once told a group at a Shabbos table that she was going to suggest that famed children’s book writers Stan and Jan Berenstain (now sadly, gone) write a new book called the Berenstain Bears and Too Much Yom Tov.

While an ideal Pesach might present an image of a perfectly arranged Yom

Behavior Analyst Shares Secrets for Shalom Bayis

TenaflyEleven years ago, Michelle Goodman’s life as a Tanach teacher at the Ramaz School in Manhattan was turned on its head when her son was born with very serious developmental issues. She left her job and stayed home to treat him.

Taking on this mammoth task, a woman who already had a master’s degree in psychology from NYU was exposed

LPS Hosts Parenting Group

TenaflyThe Lubavitch on the Palisades School hosted child behavior analyst Michelle Goodman as part of a sponsored guest speaker series for the school support group “Struggles and Strategies,” a monthly meeting of LPS parents that is open to the entire community. Past speakers have included prominent psychologists and authors, some of

Tips to Boost Infant and Toddler Brain Development

The first few years of a baby’s life arecritical for healthy brain development. “Parents play a daily role in promoting lifelong health by focusing on positive ways to nurture brain development, starting in infancy and extending through the toddler years,” says Dr. James M. Perrin, 2014 president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

He offers

An Empty Nest Is a Great Place!

A nest is thought of as a place, representing home, where the offspring, or children, grow with their parents watching over them and guiding them as they slowly move into adulthood. When the children become more independent and begin making their way in the world, they usually do so somewhat gradually, as, for example, going to college or spending a year or two in

The Soleful Art of Shoe Shopping

I sneaked out one night after putting the kids to bed last week to buy them some new shoes for the spring. I was on a mission to begin my pre-Pesach clothing shopping, so that at least they would have things to wear for the holiday. This was supposed to be my tshuva for not getting anything for Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, because that happened before school

Barbies For Boys: Why Not?

I can still fondly recall my childhood. Years spent playing with my assorted dolls and their accessories. Envisioning and creating imaginary worlds of glamor and adventure. My dolls were an outlet-as for most little girls, the opportunity to forage into the social realm with Barbie in tow. A 12-inch blonde-haired perfectly proportioned piece of perfection,

Bugged Out

There was a bloodcurdling scream from upstairs, and even though voice was emanating from a bathroom tucked into a bedroom, it was loud and sharp, and pierced through the air, reaching my ears in the kitchen below. There are some screams I ignore—ones that reek of gesturing for attention, of sibling rivalry, of overly-dramatized minor pains. But this one was

Is Your Child on Track to Meet Developmental Milestones?

(StatePoint) It is natural for parents to be curious about how their children are developing mentally, emotionally and physically. And it’s even natural for parents to experience some apprehension about what is “normal.” But experts say that by better understanding your child, you can put the anxieties aside and help guide your children through each age