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Whispering

Whispering

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I’m in favor of a zero tolerance policy for whispering at the table. Here’s why.

In-Laws without Rivalry

In-Laws without Rivalry

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It's not only siblings who need to be on the lookout.

Controlling Our Kids

Controlling Our Kids

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Back off and avoid the power struggles at all costs.

Gotta Laugh

Gotta Laugh

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Life requires a sense of humor.

Under God’s Wing

Under God’s Wing

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Sukkot teaches us how to find God in a world where He is hidden.

The Gift of Teshuva

The Gift of Teshuva

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Now is our opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Let’s make the most of it.

My Rosh Hashanah Mantra

My Rosh Hashanah Mantra

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The Almighty has given me everything I need.

Living Amidst the Chaos

Living Amidst the Chaos

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Some people thrive amidst chaos. I am not one of them.

Too Sensitive

Too Sensitive

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Genuine empathy makes us better people in every respect. So why chide it?

Beneath the Goth Look

Beneath the Goth Look

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There’s a real person inside whose book is deeper and much more substantial than his cover.

The Busy Trap

The Busy Trap

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Who has time to deal with life’s real issues?

A Series of Fortuitous Events

A Series of Fortuitous Events

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Seeing God’s Hand during our trip to Switzerland.

Taking It Out on the Spouse

Taking It Out on the Spouse

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Don’t take your closest relationships for granted.

Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass

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Since the death of my infant granddaughter, I find it easier to feel the pain in losing the temple.

When Summer Never Ends

When Summer Never Ends

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Help! I’ve got the “it’s summer again and the kids are already bored” blues.

Breathing Space

Breathing Space

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How to tell your spouse you need some private time, alone.

Clarity Before Marriage

Clarity Before Marriage

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Shared goals are the essence of marriage. Don’t take them for granted.

You Can’t Have it All

You Can’t Have it All

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Our children deserve attentive, involved parents.

Obscenity

Obscenity

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Elevating our mode of speech is not a losing battle.

The Ootchy-Kootchy Rule

The Ootchy-Kootchy Rule

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Why couples who show the most public affection are more likely to divorce.

Raising Teenage Daughters

Raising Teenage Daughters

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Yes, it can be a tough ride. Here are a few effective tools to hold onto your sanity.

Life without Whining

Life without Whining

Therapists are refusing to put up with the kvetching. We should do the same.

Parents Know Best

Parents Know Best

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Protect us from those well-meaning friends, teachers and therapists who think they know our children better than we do.

The Gift of Responsibility

The Gift of Responsibility

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Teaching our children how to really grow up.

Facebook and Dignity

Facebook and Dignity

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They shouldn’t be an oxymoron.

It All Began with a Doormat!

It All Began with a Doormat!

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Getting trapped in the never-ending materialistic cycle.

The Ants Go Marching

The Ants Go Marching

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If only they were limited to two by two!

Under Pressure

Under Pressure

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Peer pressure never goes away. So choose your friends wisely.

Why I Love Cleaning for Passover

Why I Love Cleaning for Passover

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And it’s not that I’m a martyr.

Boiling Point

Boiling Point

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Don’t hold in your frustrations and concerns until they explode.

Alternative to Nagging

Alternative to Nagging

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How to get your husband to do what you want.

Age & Melancholia

Age & Melancholia

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The peace of mind we desperately want will not come from anything outside ourselves.

Date Night

Date Night

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Put in the effort to make an evening with your spouse romantic and special.

Showing Affection in Marriage

Showing Affection in Marriage

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If one spouse is more emotionally effusive than the other, have no fear.

The Second Half of Our Lives

The Second Half of Our Lives

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The kids are out of the house. Now what?

Eating Larvae

Eating Larvae

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Why are some people driven to eat bizarre, unappealing delicacies?

Quick to Judge

Quick to Judge

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Why is our instinctive reaction all too often to be critical?

Growing Old

Growing Old

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We look in the mirror and the evidence stares boldly back at us. We are getting older.

Your Personal Catchphrase

Your Personal Catchphrase

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What do I want to be known for?

Stop the Sarcasm

Stop the Sarcasm

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It’s cruel and undignified.

The Bagel Incident

The Bagel Incident

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Luckily I have some vision of who I’d like to be and screaming like a banshee isn’t it.

Instructive Children's Books

Instructive Children's Books

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Everything I know about parenting I learned from children’s books.

Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

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Why shopping, of all things, is good for your health.

Tebow or Not Tebow

Tebow or Not Tebow

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Why Tim Tebow makes us feel uncomfortable.

Small Talk

Small Talk

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Elevating the conversation by being fascinated with other people.

Will Cosmetic Surgery Help?

Will Cosmetic Surgery Help?

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A facelift is not the solution to the real problem at hand.

The Duggar Family

The Duggar Family

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She's expecting her 20th child. Why all the vitriol?

An Open Letter to Teachers

An Open Letter to Teachers

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Before our parent/teacher meeting, allow me to explain where I'm coming from.

Android & Me

Android & Me

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I took the plunge and acquired the latest Android phone. It went downhill from there.

The Kim Kardashian Spectacle

The Kim Kardashian Spectacle

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This new low reminds us of the toxicity of Reality TV.

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