Saturday, June 03, 2023

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Insights From the Outside: My YU Experience

Having lived in New York for three years, I have been blessed with experiences, opportunities, disappointments and achievements that have taught me more about myself and the world around me than I could have ever dreamed of. I came to New York unaware of how many lessons my time here would teach me. I leave it still trying


A Special Graduation From a Unique School

On June 15, The Springboard School held a beautiful graduation. As each graduating student put on their cap and accepted their diploma, and as each returning student clapped for their friends, the staff and parents were filled with enormous pride. Each of these students has come a long way during a difficult time.


How Much Is Your Child Worth to You?

(Courtesy of PUAH) If you’re a parent, you’ve probably had this conversation at some point:

Child: How much am I worth to you?

You: Sweetie, more than all the money in the world.

Child: You mean you wouldn’t even


Making the Golden Years Count

In the June 3, 2021 issue of the Star-Ledger, there were two news items of interest:

—Felix Breedy, age 76, has a part-time job of umpiring baseball games that take place all over Northern New Jersey. The games are usually on a high school level. On the week in question, Mr. Breedy had already umpired


Principled Parenting: The Virtue of a Principle-Driven Life, Part III

Conducting Your Family Meeting

Several years ago a colleague challenged me to contemplate the following scenario: “If you had only one day left, what would you teach your students?” Thankfully I never had to make such an ominous decision, but it certainly made me think hard about


First Came Love, Then Came Marriage...

Miriam Ivry and Daniel Nasimov, Touro College of
Dental Medicine ’21, reflect on meeting each other in dental school.

(Courtesy of Touro College) It all started with a late-night group study session in the fourth-floor student lounge


My Friend’s Husband Is So Much Better Than Mine!

Dear Chani,

I have been struggling with a bad feeling for around two years. It started when new neighbors moved in a few doors away from us. At first, I felt very lucky to have such wonderful people living on our block. But as our children became good friends and we had more to do with each other, I


Highly Recommended

Often a client or a friend will ask me to recommend a workman or a service.

When I was a newbie organizer, I often had to ask people for recommendations. A client needed something done and I did not yet have the knowledge or the experience to recommend someone. As a professional organizer, I


When Did Telling a Child ‘No’ Become Verboten?

Picture this: A mom is in a medical office waiting room with both of her children, ages 2 and 4. While she is waiting for her appointment, her children are running amok. They are kicking the doors, throwing the magazines on the floor, tearing them apart, climbing on the furniture and jumping from chair to chair. The older child is pushing


Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Mindfulness has become a passion of mine for several reasons. First, it comes from the recognition that working with mental health proactively rather than reactively benefits the patient and their families, as well as society.

Mindfulness is a unique form of mental health treatment that is able to


Principled Parenting: The Virtue of a Principle-Driven Life, Part II

Identifying Family Principles

Challenging situations:

1. Your child invited several friends to your home for a sleepover. She tells you that she will be serving snacks and showing a video. When you ask the title, you realize that this video is not


Principled Parenting

The virtue of a principle-driven life.

Part 1

Understanding Principles

Raising Jewish children has become an extremely challenging task. Children today live in a complicated world, driven by a

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