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Rebbetzin Chana Heller

Chana Heller, MSW, is the mother of five children and grandmother to many. She works for Aish Los Angeles as Director of JWI - Jewish Women’s Initiative. She is married to Rabbi Dov Heller, a psychotherapist and teacher at Aish LA.
Don't Get No Respect?

Don't Get No Respect?

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When you walk in the room do your children even notice? Do they contradict you, yell at you or argue with you? The issue is respect -- or, the lack of it.


Authority in Parenting

Authority in Parenting

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Authority is not a four letter word. It's essential in raising healthy children, and in fostering their relationship with God.


A Self Fulfilling Prophecy - Part 2 - Building Positive Self Esteem In Children

A Self Fulfilling Prophecy - Part 2 - Building...

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Parents are like a mirror, reflecting back their children's self-image. What your children see is what you'll get.


Building Your Child's Positive Self-Image: Part 1

Building Your Child's Positive Self-Image: Part 1

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A down-to-earth Jewish primer on raising kids with healthy self-esteem.


Two Parents, One Voice

Two Parents, One Voice

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Presenting a united front and speaking to our children with one voice is essential for effective parenting.


Letting Go: Notes From a Mother

Letting Go: Notes From a Mother

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As a teenage daughter leaves home, one mother panics, takes stock and lets go.


Don't Get No Respect?

Don't Get No Respect?

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When you walk in the room do your children even notice? Do they contradict you, yell at you or argue with you? The issue is respect -- or, the lack of it.


Sparing the Rod

Sparing the Rod

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Most of us hit our children when we are angry or frustrated. We are not educating. We are venting.


Teaching Children Responsibility

Teaching Children Responsibility

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Bailing your child out of a difficult situation may not be doing him a favor at all.


Threats, Bribes, and Punishments

Threats, Bribes, and Punishments

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In trying to instill discipline, positive encouragement will get you a lot farther.


Confessions of a Worrywart

Confessions of a Worrywart

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If I had a magic wand, I'd make my life worry-free. But would that be the best thing for me?


Taking Charge: How To Discipline with Love

Taking Charge: How To Discipline with Love

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Too much permissiveness is a sure-fire way to raise spoiled, unruly children. But how to enforce the rules and still communicate unending love?


Respecting Your Child's Emotional Reality

Respecting Your Child's Emotional Reality

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How to take your children's emotional reality seriously.


Helping Children Cope With Difficulties

Helping Children Cope With Difficulties

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Failing a test, being unpopular, coping with divorce and worse. Children face many difficulties. What can we do to strengthen our children for life's challenges?


The Dangers of Criticism

The Dangers of Criticism

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There is a big difference between lashing out with insensitive criticism and admonishing with respect and love.


Respecting your Child's Uniqueness

Respecting your Child's Uniqueness

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Appreciating your children's uniqueness is essential to their overall self-esteem.


Who's Minding the Kids?

Who's Minding the Kids?

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Our child's self concept is being built every day. Who's the primary person doing the imprinting?


The Gratitude Attitude

The Gratitude Attitude

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Do not underestimate the power of "Thank You" notes to help kids learn to appreciate the good that others do for them.


Opening Our Homes: What's In It For Our Kids

Opening Our Homes: What's In It For Our Kids

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A home is your castle, but is also a tool for teaching your children sharing, hospitality, and caring about others.


Will Your Child Grow Up To Be A Thief?

Will Your Child Grow Up To Be A Thief?

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Acceptable stealing -- such as lying about a child's age to gain cheaper admission -- communicates an indelible lesson.


Lovers of Humanity

Lovers of Humanity

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Take a moment to let someone's pain register on your emotional Richter scale.