In many ways, Judaism is a child-friendly religion.Consider the holidays. Chanukah has presents, donuts and chocolate coins. Purim has costumes and hamantaschen. Pesach has the four questions, ten plagues, and the rest of the grandeur of the seder. Shavuot has cheese cake and ice cream. Sukkot has the lulav, etrog, and the opportunity to camp out
One of the many struggles we parents face is determining how to set clear boundaries for our children and still allow them space to make their own choices. When do I put my foot down with my child and when do I ease up and give them freedom to do what they want?
Now imagine the child you are raising is a child that is constantly trying to control all of his/her
Dear Rabbi Sam,
My husband and I are very community minded, socially active and very passionate about our political views. We often have open discussions in front of our children about important issues and many times we do not share the same views. This past Shabbos, in the presence of our 8-year-old son, we had a rather “heated”
It has been nine months since Hurricane Sandy and there has been a significant increase in births. The media are attributing it to the power outages and inability to resume normal life during Hurricane Sandy. Whatever the reason may be, lots of babies are expected to be born this summer.
In preparation for a new baby, parents often go out and
As the school year begins, parents are often confronted with mixed emotions. The excitement and optimism of new beginnings can at times be challenged by the many questions and uncertainties that surround the academic experience. Some questions may include:
How will my child deal with new academic surroundings?
How do I know that my child will be happy
The Mayo Clinic just came out with a study that drinking more than 4-6 cups of coffee a day could shorten the length of your life. Now, I do not know the specifics of this study, just what my friends on Good Day New York were telling me. People under the age of 55 should not drink so much coffee. They could die. From nothing specific, but it’s not good. I think
I received a note from my nine-year-old son in sleep away camp this summer, which read as follows, “Dear Imma, I caught two turtles and a snake but don’t worry, I washed my hands. Please buy me Berry Captain Crunch. Love, AJ.”
As I read this letter, I relished in parental glee, thrilled that my son was enjoying the great outdoors and having fun as a
Raising a child in today’s world has many challenges. Issues such as tantrums, sibling rivalry, childhood illnesses, technology, peer pressure, and others are matters that all parents have to deal with from time to time. Many parents have the good fortune of having family members, friends or even professionals to turn to when they have questions about parenting or
Reuven, a 6 thgrader, is assigned a school project. He comes home and tells his mother about the project:
Reuven: “Today, I received a very hard English project. My teacher said that it is due on Monday! I really don’t think that I will be able to do it.”
Mother: “Reuven, of course you can do it! This is very similar to the assignment
Any reader who has attended one of my parenting workshops will be surprised to hear me touting the word no. My usual mantra, after all, is “never say ‘no’ when you can say ‘yes’.” I still maintain this “golden rule” because I find that many parents say noautomatically and give a negative answer inasmuch as, usually, that’s the
I went through many phases of “what I wanted to be when I grow up.” Loved dogs, so thought I wanted to be a veterinarian. Don’t love math and science, so I realized that dream was shattered. Loved drawing(I can draw a seriously mean bowl of fruit courtesy of art class at the Fair Lawn High School summer program), but had no aspirations of being Manet, so
I am not a big fan of animals. I don’t really have the time to dedicate to grooming, cleaning, buying supplies, or feeding them, and I definitely don’t like that they’re a breeding ground for germs. But my daughter desperately wants a pet, much to my dismay. She has been petitioning for one for several months now, and I made the mistake of offering to get her any