Monday, July 04, 2022

Family Link

It’s All About Communication

A recent article in The Jewish Link entitled “Unconsummated” addressed the prevalence of unconsummated marriages in the Jewish world and some of the reasons that contribute to this unfortunate start to new marriages. In reading the article, what becomes evident is that proactive intervention is critical both to preventing the issue from happening to begin with and



When our children are little and their teeth begin to fall out, they learn about the Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy is a magical creature that gently flutters into their rooms when they are sleeping; retrieves the tiny tooth and replaces it with some sort of monetary compensation. What the Tooth Fairy leaves under the pillow usually depends upon what the Tooth


Negotiating the Impossible Turns in Life

Sometimes life deals us great difficulty. For people who are very sensitive about certain things, they would probably have a great deal of trouble handling even things that are not so challenging. Most of us, however, would handle it the way we handle most things. For people who are functioning well, that means looking at the situation, trying to figure out what caused


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


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


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.



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.


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 kidssure aren’t telling me.

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


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 Shabbatafternoon playdate? The child is called and plans are made.

But this friendship is shallow. It


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 Shabbatonimon the same weekend, my response is typically, “What’s


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 Hashemdid 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


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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