Motherhood

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

Motherhood

You Are Doing Just Fine

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

Motherhood

The ABC’s of Parenting 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

Parenting

Putting our kids’ needs first

I really want to go make a sandwich and eat it, so this is going to be a short and sweet post (as short as I’m capable of, at least.  I’m usually the one leaving multiple-paragraph comments on FB statuses, after all). While I was in the waiting room at the doctor’s office this morning… Continue reading Putting our kids’ needs first

Motherhood

The unexpected perks of not having reading material

For the second week in a row, I have found myself without any new reading material for Shabbos.  Since those wintry Friday nights are so long, it’s a great pleasure of mine to curl up with a blanket and a book (and maybe some cookies).  Lately, though, I’ve been stymied by my own lack of… Continue reading The unexpected perks of not having reading material

Parenting

Who are you and what have you done with my baby?

My second-born was an easy-going type of baby.  Really, you could pretty much put him anywhere, with any toy, and he would be, generally, content.  He ate anything, took beautiful naps, and was blissfully, wonderfully easy. He’s not really a baby anymore, since he’s starting walking and communicating and all.  Well, this child now has… Continue reading Who are you and what have you done with my baby?

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Rosh HaShanah davening with small children afoot

I recently started davening  from a siddur again after a long stretch of it not being feasible.  Though I definitely have had finer moments with my concentration level, I’m happy to at least do what I can. Weekday Shemoneh Esrei?  No problemo.  Thank G-d, my kids are able to occupy themselves while I daven.  … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Rosh HaShanah davening with small children afoot

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Using Social Media in a positive way, part two

In my first post on this topic I talked about the many ways social media can be used for the good.  I’m going to qualify that now:  All the good done online isn’t worth your compromising your home life.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but I think for a lot of people it can… Continue reading Using Social Media in a positive way, part two

Parenting

Teething is a Pain. Literally.

When my babies get their first teeth they somehow cease to be babies.  That yummy, toothless smile, so delightful and winsome, becomes older, more experienced.  It brings with it the promise of solid food, cruising and toddlerhood. Also sleep deprivation.  Lots of sleep deprivation. Just after my baby started sleeping beautifully, blissfully through the night,… Continue reading Teething is a Pain. Literally.

Parenting

Parenting is really gross

Warning:  this post contains a high level of gross!  Proceed at your own risk. I am not easily grossed out. I like it when my husband gives me gory details of some procedure he did at work. I flip through the pages of his medical journals and don’t wince at the pictures of who-knows-what.  I’m… Continue reading Parenting is really gross