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Ten Stages Of Parenting A Challenging Child

Most parents have hopes and dreams for their children. We want them to be happy, to be emotionally balanced and successful in their lives, in their relationships, in making a living, in finding a place in a community. To get married, start a family. To find the same connection to G-d that we have. Most… Continue reading Ten Stages Of Parenting A Challenging Child

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What To Do When You’re Not Yourself

By now, I should be a sleep-deprived zombie, barely functional and mostly incoherent. That’s typical of life with a newborn. This isn’t terribly far from reality; I am definitely not getting much consecutive sleep. But what has been the most surprising thing to me about this current postpartum experience is that I feel so much… Continue reading What To Do When You’re Not Yourself

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Why You Should Hire A Doula (Even If You’re Getting An Epidural)

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then this is old news, but I would feel deeply negligent if I didn’t also post my good news here on the blog! This, the blog where the birth stories of most of my other kids (at least, my second son, my first daughter, my third son)… Continue reading Why You Should Hire A Doula (Even If You’re Getting An Epidural)

Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

Accepting That You Have No Control

I love feeling like I’m in control. I like to be organized. I like to have a plan, a plan in advance. Sometimes, though, there is just no planning for things. We all know the adage “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” (Man plans, G-d laughs). I think most of us have also experienced that, on… Continue reading Accepting That You Have No Control

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Don’t Just Look For the Helpers, Be a Helper

Yesterday, as I was watching my daughter cross the street to go to a friend’s house, it started snowing. Not much, and no accumulation, but still, there it was. Sunday, I was in California. Okay, Friday through Sunday. I was at the Aish HaTorah┬áPartner’s Conference, which was amazing, inspiring, amazingly inspiring. I’m telling you, you… Continue reading Don’t Just Look For the Helpers, Be a Helper

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From Nothing To All The Things: BuJo Update

Remember this post when I revealed to you just how off the BuJo wagon I had fallen? All those large swaths of empty unused pages. All that missed opportunity to be even more organized! Well, my friends, has the pendulum swung in the completely opposite direction (I feel like that could be a memoir for… Continue reading From Nothing To All The Things: BuJo Update

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Summer Vacation + BuJo Update

Does anyone else feel like they are still recovering from Pesach? Just me? Granted, I had a whole lot going on emotionally and physically the past few months, which is something I need to keep in mind as I wonder what on earth happened to my life these past few months. For example, I totally… Continue reading Summer Vacation + BuJo Update

Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

Learning Through Painful Experiences

I was commenting last night to my husband how so many of my pieces over the years have come about because I’ve been finding some way to deal with, manage and grow through painful personal experiences. It’s actually one of the things I like best about Judaism, that there are just so many tools to… Continue reading Learning Through Painful Experiences

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What Should My Kids Bring For School Snack?

Growing up, my mother was very conscientious about what she fed me. Snacks in my house were fruit leather, delicious whole-wheat muffins with applesauce and cheerios, and we had water with every meal. My house was the house no one wanted to do school projects at because we didn’t have “good” snacks. While I, unsurprisingly,… Continue reading What Should My Kids Bring For School Snack?