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Principled Parenting: The Virtue of a Principle-Driven Life, Part III

Conducting Your Family Meeting

Several years ago a colleague challenged me to contemplate the following scenario: “If you had only one day left, what would you teach your students?” Thankfully I never had to make such an ominous decision, but it certainly made me think hard about

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First Came Love, Then Came Marriage...

Miriam Ivry and Daniel Nasimov, Touro College of
Dental Medicine ’21, reflect on meeting each other in dental school.

(Courtesy of Touro College) It all started with a late-night group study session in the fourth-floor student lounge

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My Friend’s Husband Is So Much Better Than Mine!

Dear Chani,

I have been struggling with a bad feeling for around two years. It started when new neighbors moved in a few doors away from us. At first, I felt very lucky to have such wonderful people living on our block. But as our children became good friends and we had more to do with each other, I

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Highly Recommended

Often a client or a friend will ask me to recommend a workman or a service.

When I was a newbie organizer, I often had to ask people for recommendations. A client needed something done and I did not yet have the knowledge or the experience to recommend someone. As a professional organizer, I

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When Did Telling a Child ‘No’ Become Verboten?

Picture this: A mom is in a medical office waiting room with both of her children, ages 2 and 4. While she is waiting for her appointment, her children are running amok. They are kicking the doors, throwing the magazines on the floor, tearing them apart, climbing on the furniture and jumping from chair to chair. The older child is pushing

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Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Mindfulness has become a passion of mine for several reasons. First, it comes from the recognition that working with mental health proactively rather than reactively benefits the patient and their families, as well as society.

Mindfulness is a unique form of mental health treatment that is able to

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Principled Parenting: The Virtue of a Principle-Driven Life, Part II

Identifying Family Principles

Challenging situations:

1. Your child invited several friends to your home for a sleepover. She tells you that she will be serving snacks and showing a video. When you ask the title, you realize that this video is not

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Principled Parenting

The virtue of a principle-driven life.

Part 1

Understanding Principles

Raising Jewish children has become an extremely challenging task. Children today live in a complicated world, driven by a

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Adding to Your Tool Box

With each client I take on, I like to think I learn and grow, gaining knowledge and experience. At the beginning of my career as a professional organizer, it was important to learn how I could best use my organizing skills to work for my client. Now I see a shift. One of the new skills I am learning is to assist clients to locate a

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Setting Intentions

This article is dedicated in the merit of a complete recovery for my friend Shira bat Devorah Leah—our intentions for every good deed are with you.

A yoga instructor may introduce different poses and sequences in each class, but uniformly begins with a prompt to set an intention for the practice.

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The Lighter Side of Organizing

Be happy. It’s Adar!! That was a caption on a bulletin board from my children’s preschool many years ago. Reading that each day I walked my children into the building made me smile. Now, in an effort to keep things light for Adar, I bring you feel-good organizing tales. In these sometimes chaotic times, it’s pleasant to sit

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If I Want My Teen to Follow in My Footsteps, What Shoes Should I Wear?

Flats?Of primary importance is to keep yourself level-headed, because if you do, you can better solve problems and rationally address all issues that arise. The more emotional you are, the worse your logical, problem-solving thinking is. You must stay calm for maximum problem solving. Once you have that, you have

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