Motherhood

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 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

Motherhood

Six tips on how to keep your toys organized when you don’t have a playroom

So even though we moved from an apartment to a house, we don’t have a designated play area.  This means that our living room is also our play room, which means it’s normal for it to look like this: That’s actually the manageable version.  Having toys on every conceivable surface (the couch was unusually accessible… Continue reading Six tips on how to keep your toys organized when you don’t have a playroom

Motherhood

Patience is the New Black, or, Kids in the Kitchen

I struggle with perfectionism.  To be fair, I’ve come a long way.  Having three little kids will tend to do that to a person.  Just the other day, I even put mismatched shoes on the baby and left the house like that.  True story. One way I’ve dealt with my perfectionism is learning to reframe… Continue reading Patience is the New Black, or, Kids in the Kitchen

Motherhood

Some much-needed me time

Recently, one of my friends offered to watch my baby while Little Man is at playgroup.  That meant I would be child-free for TWO HOURS.  I was wondering aloud what I should do with this precious, precious time, mulling over my options: doing laundry; rinsing out the dirty (cloth) diapers; organizing the table o’ junk;… Continue reading Some much-needed me time

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

It’s totally okay not to be perfect. Really.

Hello, my name is Rivki, and I’m a perfectionist. I think it has something to do with being a classically trained musician.  Either I was already a perfectionist at birth, or it was a result of spending hour upon hour in a practice room, perfecting one measure at a time.  Imagine: “No!  I’m still missing… Continue reading It’s totally okay not to be perfect. Really.

Miscellany

Picture of the Week: Forbidden Fruit

Little Man has long been obsessed with our cordless phones.  It has taken much perseverance and patience to teach him that, no, the cordless is not a toy like his toy phone which also makes noises when you press the buttons.  Recently, he discovered that he could climb atop the cedar chest and be within… Continue reading Picture of the Week: Forbidden Fruit