Sundays!!

I don't know about you, but keeping my kids happy on Sundays is a major challenge.

Celebrating Differences: Tips for Effective Parenting

A mother of eleven offers her special tips on raising children.

Mirroring Parents

What lessons are your kids picking up by watching your day-to-day behavior?

Women and the Workplace

Women are blessed with the special talents to create positive environments wherever we are and with whatever we are doing.

Respecting your Child's Uniqueness

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

Who's Minding the Kids?

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

Out of the Mouth of Babes

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.

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

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

The Internet and Intimacy

A husband is having an e-mail relationship with a woman he has never met and who lives oceans away. Is he "cheating" on his wife?

Why I Send My Kids to Day School

Why is someone like me, staunchly Reform and secular, sending my kids to an Orthodox Jewish day school?

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

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

The Trouble with In-Laws

The young wife wants to please yet do things her way. The young husband remembers the way his mother did things -- perfectly. The mother hates to let go. This is a combination that spells disaster.

It's Called "Commitment"

Today everything is disposable, from the trivial to the profound. It takes a dramatic shift to internalize the power of permanence.

Apathy and Indifference

In the month of Cheshvan, there is only silence. This lack of communication between God and his children warrants the addition of the word "bitter" to the month of Cheshvan.

Not Another Parenting Class!

Do we really need another parenting class? Isn't it enough to just follow our instincts?

Helping Children Cope With Difficulties

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?

Show Me!

Yes it's romantic to sit and stare into each other's eyes. But talk won't build a marriage in the same way that action will.

Body and Soul

Eating disorders point to an imbalance in the body-soul dynamic.

Love Unconditional

"I could always tell my parents about mistakes I made because no matter what, I knew they would always love me."

The Jewish Woman's Regret Chart

Alphabetically arranged for easy reference.

Family Holiday Guides

Let Shrilly the Shofar take you and your family on a guided tour of the High Holidays, uncovering the deeper meanings of the most awesome days in the Jewish year!

Letting Go

When others have harmed our lives, it is easy to adopt an attitude of blame. We need to realize that the ultimate solution must come from inside of ourselves.

The Power of Reframing

Turning a negative into a positive is essential to strengthening a marriage.

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

"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.

The Joys of A Large Family

"Didn't you ever hear of birth control?" There was no malice in her question. She simply couldn't understand the value of having a large family.

Circus, Circus

A visit to Las Vegas shows up the seductiveness of illusion, and reinforces that there is no place like home.

Married (A Second Time) With Children

Forget the Brady Bunch. Here are six tools for coping with some of the unique challenges step-families present.

Getting Closer

An eight-week intimacy building program that will greatly increase the closeness and pleasure you want to experience with your spouse.

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

Parents of kids who fight, forget their bathing suit and crumple their schoolwork sometimes need to be reminded that their kids are "normal."

Understanding Your Child

Good parents, help their children develop a roadmap to their own unique personalities. To do that, you've got to really know your child.

The Restorative Power of Kindness

We read inspirational books to reassure ourselves that kind and caring people still exist. Yet, so easily, we could be one of them.

Don't Get No Respect?

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.

Marriage Dances

A common marriage dance is a two-step called "attack-withdrawal." One wants expressions of love and asks for it the wrong way; the other feels threatened and retreats.

The Winning Team

Little league has a bad rap -- frustrated coaches, over-invested parents and damaged kids -- but it is possible for it to generate a healthy Jewish experience.

Disciplining Kids Effectively

Effective discipline begins long before you need to correct anything. It depends on the trusting relationship between the parent and child.

Independence Day

A child's first driving lesson sends her mother into a panic.

Summer In the City

Call me Scrooge. Call me the Grinch. I hate (or rather, as we say around our house, I'm not fond of) the summer.

The Gratitude Attitude

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

Infidelity and Forgiveness

A woman came to me in deep despair, asking a very difficult question: "My husband had an affair with another woman. How can I ever forgive him and trust again?"

Intensifying Love Through Giving

Are you silently keeping score of who does what in your marriage? Here are some practical tips on how to give unconditionally and intensify your love.

Material Girl

I was flipping through one of those women's magazines that no one ever admits to reading when an ad caught my eye.

Judging Others Favorably

Giving people the benefit of the doubt applies to children too. In fact judging our children favorably is the most effective tool for teaching them this powerful commandment.

Dr. Mitzvah - Subway Scramble

A Nest of Trouble! Flying feathers and flying tempers and much ado about cockledoodledoo.

Phases of Freedom

Freedom from is not enough. It must be followed by freedom to.

Two and One-Half Hours a Day

Carpooling may be a nuisance, but it shows your children you truly care about their education.

Love Thy Principal

Teachers are human too. A little bit of effort on your part can go a long way to helping your child in the classroom.

Male and Female He Created Them

Men and women were created as opposites and their differing natures can elevate or undermine a marriage.

Who Comes First -- Your Spouse or Your Children?

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.

Counting Every Moment

Every moment of life is a gift, but too many of us are bogged down by what was or what will be and fail to keep the present in focus.

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