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Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Genuine Encounter Moments

How many minutes per day do children communicate with their parents? According to a survey by The National Family Institute, the average child in America receives only 12.5 minutes per day in communication with his/her parents. Of that time, 8.5 minutes are spent with parents in correcting behavior, criticizing behavior, or engaged in

The Soul of Parenting: Religious Development

I am embarrassed to say that I came across the notion of religious development relatively late in my career, but I do remember when I had my epiphany. I vividly recall seeing a 12th-grade girl davening one day at Shacharit with what seemed like great kavanah, something she had been doing all year. But one day I also had a flashback

The Littlest Bully

Shaul, a gorgeous child of around four years old, was always impeccably dressed. He was tall and golden, with a warrior pose much like that of his namesake. It was his endless energy and creativity that inspired other children to follow him around. He was magnetic.

But the thing is, he sometimes

Parent Spice

S - Sharing ideas that are

P - Precious

I - Inspiring

C - Catalyst for growth

E - and Energizing

The Haunted House

It was subtle, slightly removed from the bustling center of the theme park, and yet its presence was marked by a skeleton haphazardly dangling from a pole, daring us to enter. I had not really gone on any rides yet, my laundry list of excuses growing every year (gives me a headache, makes me dizzy, my neck will hurt, I am too

(Bad) Hair Care

Mothers of boys, you are missing out on some serious fun, and are invited to my home, any time, to enjoy the best adventure in raising girls. And that is, brushing their hair. There is nothing less dreaded, on both ends, in our home, and yet, it is a twice-daily routine that creates much drama. It can be broken down into four simple phases:

The Queen of Football

“Do you want to play football?” I asked my 9½-year-old daughter one afternoon after school. I had signed up my son, 8, for the spring session of flag football, and noticed it said “coed.” If we were already dedicating our Sundays to one child playing, and had no other extracurricular activities scheduled, I figured why not

Parenting Challenges: The Use of Phones While Driving

After continued instances of seeing drivers on their cell phones while driving, I decided that I wanted to compose a meaningful article that could provide practical strategies to assist parents and children with this issue. As time progresses, I have become more and more frightened as to how many drivers I see either looking at their phones

The Battle of the Boosters

“Mommy, those people were just staring at me. They’re probably wondering why such a giant girl is in a booster seat.” We are driving in my car, and my almost-10-year-old daughter is once again launching into her speech as to why she should not be in a booster seat. It’s likely that they were not staring at her, because our

The No-Lunch Lunch Plan

“Who can give me an example of a protein?” I quizzed the kids. It was the beginning of the school year, and they decided they’d like to be on the school’s hot-lunch program, which meant that they’d be responsible for making healthy food choices and eating well-balanced meals. I figured I should educate them first, and so we made a

Parenting Challenges: Helping My Struggling Adolescent

In my last article, I addressed how parents can assist young children confront scary information. We discussed a particular case where a child came home after hearing information about the Holocaust on the school playground.

Adolescents, as they struggle through issues of identity and finding their

The Sauce Hater

Pizza is supposed to be a universally loved food. On any given day, 13 percent of Americans are consuming it. It would probably be higher, if not for the sauce haters out there. Every family has one, a child so averse to sauce that he eats most meals with napkins by his side, blotting out anything red that might provide moisture or flavor