How I learned to enjoy summer and the kids without tearing my hair out.
Mixed with delight and relief on the first day of school is the fear of the dreaded school supply lists.
An eclectic menu for Yom Tov that incorporates some of the symbolic foods eaten on Rosh Hashana.
There's nothing like a short vacation – just you and your spouse, with no kids – to strengthen your marriage.
Call me Scrooge. Call me the Grinch. I hate (or rather, as we say around our house, I'm not fond of) the summer.
Why do we feel proud of ourselves for cooking for an acquaintance who just gave birth and burdened by making dinner for our families?
Down syndrome isn't preventing Danielle Magady from leading the typical life of a teenager.
I don't know about you, but keeping my kids happy on Sundays is a major challenge.
Children will go on to forge lives of their own, but the relationship with your spouse is forever. It fosters growth like no other relationship can.
Brooke Ellison is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down, and she's running for NY State senator.
Is that enough time to let your child know he or she is a top priority?
This is a time of trouble for our people, and there is no standing on the sidelines. We all need to be counted.
A child's perspective is clear and pure, unclouded by "experience" and cynicism. If we allow ourselves, we can learn much from a child's wide-eyed view of life.
Our support and trust network is shrinking, and yes we should care.
Want to change your spouse's behavior? Reward desired action and ignore the undesirable.
Do we really need another parenting class? Isn't it enough to just follow our instincts?
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.