Monday, July 04, 2022

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Genuine Encounter Moments

How many minutes per day do children communicate with their parents? According to a survey by The National Family Institute in 2002, the average child in America receives only 12.5 minutes per day in communication with his/her parents. Of that time, 8.5 minutes are spent with parents in correcting behavior, criticizing behavior, or engaged in various arguments. This


Bar Mitzvah

If you are reading this, it means that I am still alive; that I have survived the bar mitzvah of my youngest child, my third son, my baby—though it could also mean that the warden at the institution allowed me to express my final ranting, ravings and incoherent ramblings before they hooked me up to the electroshock therapy machine. In any case, if you are still


Is Rosh Hashanah a Children’s Holiday?

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


Raising Your “Sensory Child”

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


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”


Positioning Your Baby

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


Bright Beginnings: Partnering With Your Child For Academic Success

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


Study Shmuddy

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


From Swimming Pools To Classroom Rules

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 Your “Sensory Child”

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


My Child is Not Motivated, YIKES!!!!

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


The Magic of “No”

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

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