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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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A Million Milestones Until the End

We are cutting my baby boy’s hair soon, because we are shortly arriving at his third birthday. I am worried this means I may no longer be able to call him a baby anymore, but my backup plan is that I will never toilet train him, and so he will have to be a baby forever. This may wreak havoc on his social life, but that will be his future

More Than Just the Title: ‘Dad’

A father’s role in child raising is not only crucial for child development but is also transformative for men themselves.

In a world where family structure and cultural expectations are in flux, men are etching out a clearer picture of what it means to be a father in the 21st

Revising the Rules

For the past two years, I’ve had a rule. If my (bigger) kids get up for school and are down for breakfast by a specified time, they are allowed to bring an iPod to use on the bus. My toddler begs to go on a bus for free, and also begs to use an iPod, so my system is irrelevant for him. This arrangement violates all of my anti-screen

Affordable New Option Makes Jewish High School Realistic for Many Families

A Mix of Classroom and Online Instruction Can Meet Diverse Needs

When Jody and Steve Stein’s son Aaron approached the end of eighth grade at his local Jewish day school, they began to research Jewish high schools. Living in Chandler, Ariz.,

The Floor Is Yours

Some of my kids have a problem. They pick things up to use or play with, and when they are done they drop it on the floor. I understand the evolution behind this. My baby used to do this at most meals—he sits in his high chair, and whatever food he would deem unfit for his consumption he would methodically pick up and toss overboard,

For the Love of Gifts

“What can we bring back from Israel?” my in-laws once offered, over the phone, when they were about to travel.

“Nothing! Really, nothing,” I said, not wanting any more T-shirts that would end up in my kid’s pajama drawer, or kippot that had Lightning McQueen on it, when my son no longer liked

TEAM Shabbos: Opening the Discussion

TEAM, the Traditional End-of-Life Awareness Movement, is uniting hundreds of shuls and communities across the country. Their mission is to raise awareness about the importance of respecting life, preparing for illness and death, making proper end-of-life decisions, and other relevant matters.

The Torah

A Father Gives Back to Chai Lifeline

Every married couple, once they hear the news that they are expecting their first child, is overcome with joy: “Wow, we are going to become parents!” For my wife and I, it took four long years to achieve this goal. The first pregnancy in 2009 ended in a miscarriage at 13 weeks. We were heartbroken. In 2010, we found out that my

‘Top 10 Questions to Ask the Camp Director and Five Other Questions You’d Better Not Ask’

When Camp Dora Golding’s director was looking to retire, he encouraged Alex Gold, one of the camp’s division heads, to apply for the job. Gold interviewed before the CDG board and from a dozen candidates was chosen as the camp’s new director. That was some 20 years ago; many things might have changed in that time,

Cooking Ideas for Parents and Kids

(StatePoint) Food brings family together. And time spent in the kitchen is how cooking traditions and those secrets behind the best dishes get handed down from generation to generation.

Here are two delicious recipes for parents and kids to make together, shared by food and family

Diaper Nation

My mom used to use cloth diapers on my youngest brother, in an effort to preserve the environment. The other five of us were spared of this embarrassment. We often felt bad for him, waddling around with a cloth pinned between his legs, encased in a plastic bubble underpants, the loser, while all of his “friends” wore the more

Fresh Ideas for Chanukah Gifts

Every year, the same dilemma arises for many of us. What should we buy our children and grandchildren for Chanukah? On the one hand, it’s such a pleasure, and on the other hand, it’s a little burdensome. As a grandparent, I absolutely will not give my children or grandchildren money as a gift. I want