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?
I was just talking to a friend about how insanely busy we are this summer. I thought I was busy during the school year, but this is beyond! As busy as I am, a deadline is a deadline and it’s time for another Hevria post! You can find my musing on summer and how I… Continue reading It’s Summertime, Therefore There Is No Time
My kids’ school has this excellent program called “Social Skills.” It teaches them very useful concepts like not interrupting, “friendly talk,” “brave talk,” and other ways of learning how to be in the world, how to deal with their feelings in a healthy way. I love this program because it presents these concepts to kids in… Continue reading You Are Doing Just Fine
Yesterday was the first day of summer vacation, a wonderful day where my children are excited about school being over and not yet bored and fighting with each other (well, not more than usual, at least), and where I am feeling energized by not having to do the normal morning routine. I wanted to take… Continue reading Perspective
This morning I thought I locked myself out of the house. I wanted to warm up the car before the kids got in it, but I had to use the set of car keys that doesn’t have a house key on it, because I needed the set with the house key to, you know, lock… Continue reading On Not Rushing Things, and a Kids’ Passover Cookbook Giveaway!
I’ve written about taking long, long road trips with my family. I’ve also written about my feelings on letting my kids watch DVDs (hint: I’m for it). But putting the two together is an entirely different creature. Maybe I’m just a little old school, fondly remembering the days when I would curl up with a… Continue reading Road Trips, Small Children, and no DVDs
Maybe you’ve experienced this: “I’m just going to check my email.” “I’m just going to pop online for a few minutes.” “This will just take a sec.” And then BAM! Forty-five minutes or two hours later, the dishes are still not done, the toys are still strewn around the house, the menu is still unplanned.… Continue reading The Internet is Probably Ruining Your Life
Help me! That was the subject of an email I recently received from a dear friend. She had just had her third child (mazel tov!), and was now juggling the responsibilities of life with three small children. I think her oldest may be three? Something along those lines. Her email continued: Okay, Rivki…you’ve been… Continue reading A Letter to a Mother of Three Small Children
If you look in the children’s section of the library, you’re likely to find a number of “ABC’s of” books on myriad topics. If this post were a book, I would probably include it in the adult non-fiction section. I don’t think the kids would appreciate it very much. But maybe they would. I was… Continue reading The ABC’s of Parenting Small Children
Generally speaking, I avoid going to the store with both my kids. I usually do my grocery shopping in the morning when it’s just me and the baby, while Little Man is in school. I rarely go at night (read: alone), since I’m usually wiped and in no mood to go out of the house. … Continue reading Successful Grocery Shopping with Two Little Kids