Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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Is Tummy Time for My Baby That Important?

I am writing this article as a Bubby with a great deal of experience both personally and professionally in the baby domain. I have friends who will ask me questions regarding their grandchildren’s development particularly because life for the young parent got even busier than it had been for us more mature folks. With the current


They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To

Our very knowledgeable and reliable appliance repairman recently declared our 24-year-old washing machine to be unfixable. It’s time on this earth is limited. Today anyone might rightly say, “Twenty-four years of service from a major appliance is unheard of…just appreciate the service it gave you and move on.” I


National Suicide Prevention Month Is Coming

September is (US) National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In May of this past year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) website shared new survey findings that reveal people experience anxiety (53%) and sadness (51%) more often now than before the coronavirus pandemic. Despite physical distancing guidelines, Americans


Musings of a Grieving Mother

(Reprinted with permission)

I knew that my daughter’s days in this world were numbered. I felt her slipping away from us, and there was nothing that I could do to keep her here. For years, I put every ounce of my energy into keeping my daughter alive, into obstructing her eating disorder and


Eating Disorders: How We Can Help

Note from Recovery column editor, Eta Levenson: Eating disorders can be very serious, even fatal. This article is dedicated to the memory of Gavrielle bat Asher Selig, z”l, who succumbed to the disorder and its comorbid depression this past month.

Michelle was first referred to me by the school nurse.


The True Value

A couple of weeks ago, one of my clients hired me to clean out her mother’s large one-bedroom apartment. Currently the woman is living in an assisted living facility and will, unfortunately, not be able to return to her home. Due to COVID-19, it was decided I would work alone in the apartment. On this project, I


When Life Seems to Pause

What an exciting day! Friends and family gathered to celebrate the present and the future. It was exhilarating and exhausting, but the happiest day of their lives. The beginning of an amazing life together. The possibilities were endless. Dreams for the weeks, months and years abounded. On that day a new family was started under the chuppah


Seven Steps to Mentschhood

Step #6

Part 4

דרכיה דרכי נועם וכל נתיבותיה שלום

“The ways of the Torah are ways of pleasantness, and all its pathways are peace.”

(Mishlei 3:17)


Why Potchka?

My mother loved the word “potchka.” She would always tell us how something wasn’t a potchka at all, when clearly it was. At least for any normal person it would be, but then mothers are never regular human beings. They definitely have superpowers, don’t they? So this article is titled, “Why Potchka?” and the answer lies


Is Your Child’s Behavior Regressing? It’s Not What You Might Think

These are difficult times, and Sam* is especially stressed. He is highly anxious, impulsive and suffers from learning disabilities and sensory and attentional problems. He is 5 years old, and his life isn’t fun anymore.

Prior to the pandemic, Sam was attending a good special needs program and doing


Controversial and Challenging Topics at the Shabbat Table

Why is there pain and suffering in the world? How can we understand a Halacha or Torah portion that seems to be incompatible with our current knowledge and values? Where do babies come from? There is no shortage of difficult and controversial topics that might arise at the Shabbat table, leaving adults nervously glancing at each


A Different Kind of Summer

What’s everyone doing this summer? For most of us, the answer is still a big fat question mark; how upsetting is that? It’s a challenge to try to make plans for something that is truly out of our control and balance returning to normal work hours, all while we have our children home—especially children who are disappointed that camp

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