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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Should We Test Our Child?

A recent bill spearheaded by a Dyslexia Advocacy group to test elementary school children for dyslexia and other learning disabilities has been making significant headway toward passage by the New Jersey legislature.  The bill has changed significantly over the past months in order to reduce costs and gain votes by the Assembly.  Originally it had proposed testing

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Shlock Rock _Temple Emeth on New Years

The popular band Shlock Rock will be appearing at Temple Emeth on New Year’s Day from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The concert, which is a fundraiser for the Early Childhood Center, is appropriate for all ages and features their best known hits. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Sponsorships, which include four preferred seating tickets, a program listing, free

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Bomb Hoax at Local Shul

According to police, a suspicious box was left in front of Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck on December 23 to create a scare. A bomb squad was called in, but neither they nor the explosives detection dog found any bomb components in the box or in the surrounding area.

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Heat

I am not sure who invented marriage. You take two people from two different families, two different backgrounds, two different ways of being raised and, somehow, they fall in love and vow to spend the rest of their lives together. When you are dating this person, you spend lots of time together to get to know them. What their hobbies are. What kind of food they like.

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Speaking of Kids

I seriously dread Parent-Teacher conferences. And I say this as a teacher (I teach high school English at a local mesifta.) As a parent, I really don’t mind them so much. I want to know how my kids are doing, and my kids sure aren’t telling me.

A lot of parents hate conferences. You have to schlep out, wait in line, talk to a

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The Bad Playdate

We have all been there: The friend whom your child begs to have over. The friend who also likes dried fruit! The friend who also has the same pink pencil skirt! She went to Hershey Park too last summer! And so we acquiesce. What could be wrong with a Shabbat afternoon playdate? The child is called and plans are made.

But this friendship is shallow. It

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Making a Plan

As both a parent and educator, I find myself using the phrase, “What’s your plan?” countless times throughout the week. Whether in response to my own child remarking that he left his math textbook at school and cannot do his homework, or a student coming to let me know that he has two Shabbatonim on the same weekend, my response is typically, “What’s

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Great Family Chanukah Ideas

Chanukah is such a wonderful holiday for families, but often there is a struggle  balancing the expectation of presents with the origin of Chanukah—the miracles Hashem did for the Jewish people. Some I have spoken to parents who have put a lot of thought into making Chanukah less about presents and more about meaningful giving and family experiences. Since

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The Dilemma: How to Help a Bedwetter

Waking up in the middle of the night to the dreaded words, “My bed is wet,” or finding a pile of wet pajamas tucked in a corner on the bathroom floor are challenges many families face daily.  While bedwetting can be frustrating for the parents and the child, understanding this condition can help with its management.

Bedwetting is common

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Parent-Teacher Conference Tips for Parents

How can you get the most out of Parent-Teacher conferences? First of all, go. The competition for your time is fierce, but investing time in meeting with your child’s teachers pays great dividends down the road.

Second, prepare some questions and talking points. Teachers will surely have some data to talk about, work to show and anecdotes to share, but

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The Time I Had a (Winter) Break

I lucked out for winter break last year. In my last trimester of pregnancy, it was too risky for me travel anywhere, and so I was advised to stay put. We had stayed home for most winter vacations in the previous years, as my husband is a self-employed dentist and therefore “paid vacation” does not really exist. And I had managed to come up with a few enticing

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Helping Children Deal with Setbacks, Part 2

In my last article, I listed three situations where parents could consider how to help their children deal with setbacks. The adage “live and learn” is a popular saying, but it is important to address how parents can communicate this message to their children. Teaching children to deal with setbacks by increasing positive thinking, reducing negative thinking and

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