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
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 Partner’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
Finally! Finally finally! I am back! Back to all the things! Tishrei was more relentless this year, and for a few reasons that I’m not gonna get into right now, I was head-down-just-make-it-through-the-day for most of the month. It was very overwhelming and today’s resumption of a more normal and less frenetic routine (though, let’s… Continue reading The Blessing Of Routine
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?
A frequent permissive point I make about living the life of a creative mother is that choosing to serve cereal for dinner is a perfectly valid option. It’s a sort of battle cry for overwhelmed mothers of small children. We are tired, we are beleaguered, we don’t have neither the time nor energy to make… Continue reading Alternatives To Cereal For Dinner
At the beginning of the summer I was contacted by a lovely woman named Holly from Education.com asking me if I was interested in checking out some fun learning activities to share here on the blog. I love the idea of learning activities, of being That Mom Who Does Projects With Her Kids even though… Continue reading Can Summer Reading Be Fun?
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
Part of the fun of having multiple small children is that there were inevitably be a time when you need to focus on just one while other children get ignored. And you know how small children can be when no one is paying attention. They love it. It’s when they can get into all the… Continue reading That Time We Couldn’t Get Our Daughter To Leave A Playdate And No One Was Watching The Toddler
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