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Out of the Mouth of Babes

Out of the Mouth of Babes

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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.

Not Another Parenting Class!

Not Another Parenting Class!

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

Love Unconditional

Love Unconditional

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"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

The Jewish Woman's Regret Chart

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Alphabetically arranged for easy reference.

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

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"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.

Circus, Circus

Circus, Circus

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

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

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

The Winning Team

The Winning Team

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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.

Independence Day

Independence Day

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

Summer In the City

Summer In the City

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

Material Girl

Material Girl

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

Two and One-Half Hours a Day

Two and One-Half Hours a Day

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

Who Comes First -- Your Spouse or Your Children?

Who Comes First -- Your Spouse or Your Children?

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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.

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.

Facing the World: A Daughter's Relection

Facing the World: A Daughter's Relection

by Dena Heller

As she crosses the threshold from her teens into adulthood, a young woman takes stock of who she has to thank for her confidence and love of life.

A Weighty Issue

A Weighty Issue

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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.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Shop 'Til You Drop

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What is it with adolescent girls and shopping? One mother's battle for perspective.

No Ordinary Dinner

No Ordinary Dinner

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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.

Blessed be God ... Who Didn't Make Me a Man

Blessed be God ... Who Didn't Make Me a Man

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Jewish feminism doesn't mean wanting to be a man. It means thanking God for creating you perfectly female.

Quality Time

Quality Time

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Quality time is a myth. Yes it sometimes happens, but scheduling it is impossible.

The Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth

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Trying out the new anti-wrinkle cream while pondering how aging can be beautiful.

"A Question of Trust"

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"Why am I a nervous wreck?" A planned trip to Israel becomes an unexpected test of faith.

The Treadmill

The Treadmill

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A dedicated anti-exerciser gets on the treadmill – and can't get off.

Everything I Know About God, I Learned From My Parents

Everything I Know About God, I Learned From My Parents

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Kids start to learn about the Creator of the world from their own creators – mom and dad.

Chaos

Chaos

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I had a house, and then I had children. Preserve your sanity and let go of your attachment of the physical world.

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

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Bring out the Godiva! But don't forget to express your love on Feb. 15th, 16th, 17th and...

Intimacy after Children

Intimacy after Children

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The perils of neglecting your spouse.