Friday, January 21, 2022

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Nursery Graduation and Other Fine Moments in Life

It’s that time of year again, the time where we are forced to spend hours of our lives at­tending scintillating graduations. Some are more boring than others; some have speeches, some have songs, some have the painfully shy kid who can’t face the crowd. Well, most graduations that I go to have this kid, because it is usually my own.

Which is why I was


Does My Child Have Friends?

Here’s a pretty common scenario: Your child comes home from school. You ask him, “Who did you play with today?” The answer you often get is, “Nobody.” Before you panic, thinking your child has no friends, and that the answer always seems to be the same, take a step back, and think about the following: Your child may need a while to unwind after a long school


Let It Snow

I hope I am not stoned for saying this, but I really like snow days. I have waited to make this confession until spring has arrived to not anger those people who are outdoors, knee-deep with a snow shovel, or home with kids who are going stir crazy. Or those who have baked so many cookies, the only flour left in the house is a thin dusting coating every


Parenting and Technology

In our last article, we spoke about some parenting challenges as relating to technology. The following three examples were cited:

The father who needed to be on his i-Phone during time at home with his children

The parents who were concerned with their child’s constant ‘obsession’ with their Facebook profile

The parents who were concerned


Practical Parenting: Becoming A Love & Logic Parent

“Come back here, Moshe!”

“I mean it, Moshe!”

“You better listen to me, Moshe, or else!”

“I’m not kidding, Moshe!”

“That’s it, Moshe!”

“That’s it! Moshe you’re grounded for two months!”

Does it sometimes seem as though our children sneak out their bedroom windows at 3 a.m. under the cover of


Parenting and Technology: Shifting Our Belief System

One of the ‘hot topics’ now in child and family mental health is discussing how children are impacted by technology. It is something that is on the forefront of everyone’s mind and most probably ‘pops in’ to the discussion at our Shabbos tables. Technology has been introduced to our world and has also been introduced to our classrooms and educational


The Ugliest Dress

Today, in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, my daughter swiped pink and purple makeup on her eyelids, wore a pair of too-big fancy shoes, and a Shabbos dress I purchased before Pesach, that actually looks like a combination of a nightgown and a Shvimkleid. I had previously tried to demote the dress from its Shabbos-status to a dusting-rag, but somehow the cleaning lady


Nightly Investment

“Check on me!” one of my young children beseeches me on an almost nightly basis, after shema time and the routinely allotted resting period I have in each child’s bed. “Check on me in like seven minutes….” Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.

Admittedly, it is hard to pause in the early moments of my newfound freedom when I am heavily


Tips for a Peaceful Home on Yom Tov

A number of years ago, a parent of teenagers and adult children once told a group at a Shabbos table that she was going to suggest that famed children’s book writers Stan and Jan Berenstain (now sadly, gone) write a new book called the Berenstain Bears and Too Much Yom Tov.

While an ideal Pesach might present an image of a perfectly arranged Yom


Behavior Analyst Shares Secrets for Shalom Bayis

Tenafly Eleven years ago, Michelle Goodman’s life as a Tanach teacher at the Ramaz School in Manhattan was turned on its head when her son was born with very serious developmental issues. She left her job and stayed home to treat him.

Taking on this mammoth task, a woman who already had a master’s degree in psychology from NYU was exposed


LPS Hosts Parenting Group

Tenafly The Lubavitch on the Palisades School hosted child behavior analyst Michelle Goodman as part of a sponsored guest speaker series for the school support group “Struggles and Strategies,” a monthly meeting of LPS parents that is open to the entire community. Past speakers have included prominent psychologists and authors, some of


Tips to Boost Infant and Toddler Brain Development

The first few years of a baby’s life arecritical for healthy brain development. “Parents play a daily role in promoting lifelong health by focusing on positive ways to nurture brain development, starting in infancy and extending through the toddler years,” says Dr. James M. Perrin, 2014 president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

He offers

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