If teachers believed in the abilities of all of their students, they'd all achieve significantly more.
"It's not about the bills, it's not about the bills," intones the mother, as the family gets revved up planning a meaningful Bar Mitzvah experience for the first born son.
A visit to Las Vegas shows up the seductiveness of illusion, and reinforces that there is no place like home.
No job, however important, can provide our lives with all the meaning we need and seek.
When confronted with evil, it's the time to fight - and to counteract with kindness.
Parents of kids who fight, forget their bathing suit and crumple their schoolwork sometimes need to be reminded that their kids are "normal."
I was flipping through one of those women's magazines that no one ever admits to reading when an ad caught my eye.
Carpooling may be a nuisance, but it shows your children you truly care about their education.
We spend too much time on big worries for the future, and too little on the small kindnesses of the present.
Whether the workplace, at home, or school - everyone thrives on sincere praise.
An obsession with dieting is not a Torah value, but neither is preoccupation with food. The challenge is striking a balance in today's fat-conscious world.
Sending off my kids to Israel is getting harder, not easier.
It's easy to push off the task of working on our character. But just wait till you have teenagers.
Meeting a real Jewish hero reminds us that we all have the power to make our dreams a reality - and the world a better place.
Women's problems aren't new; the angst is. Here's the first step toward sanity
Jewish feminism doesn't mean wanting to be a man. It means thanking God for creating you perfectly female.
What shaped our trip to Israel wasn't the death of Arafat or even the beauty of the land. It was the people.
Quality time is a myth. Yes it sometimes happens, but scheduling it is impossible.
The longer I parent, the less I feel I know. But here are a few basic principles that I try to live by.
Being well-rounded is neither an appropriate nor useful goal for children's education.
Trying out the new anti-wrinkle cream while pondering how aging can be beautiful.
Don't believe the women's magazines. Passover tells us how to truly re-invent ourselves.
Passover so dominates our minds and actions, it's almost impossible not to grow from the experience.
"Why am I a nervous wreck?" A planned trip to Israel becomes an unexpected test of faith.
A dedicated anti-exerciser gets on the treadmill – and can't get off.
Many parents today are hovering over their children and denying them the opportunity to be responsible.
Kids start to learn about the Creator of the world from their own creators – mom and dad.
Bring out the Godiva! But don't forget to express your love on Feb. 15th, 16th, 17th and...
A new study shows that just maybe marriages with more rigidly defined roles lead to happier women.
Eating together as a family, even just once a week, yields tremendous benefits.
The boundaries between public and private, family and community, have all become blurred, to our detriment.
Passover cooking doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some simple, tasty recipes you and your family will enjoy.
To make a real change in the school yard, we need to stop rewarding bullying in the business world.
Israel is not and should not be independent of Jews throughout the rest of the world.
I don't know how "separate but equal" ever turned into superior, but I never bought it.
If you think life is supposed to run smoothly and easily, I can promise you a life of frustration.
We all recognize that our jobs are not our essence, but many of us are far from living with that reality.