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Fantasy Expectations

Fantasy Expectations

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Why are some people hoping Brad Pitt will help them out?

Real Friends

Real Friends

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Facebook to the contrary, most of us have very few friends. It's supposed to be that way.

The Smallest Good Deed

The Smallest Good Deed

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What strong marriages are really made of.

Clean and Free

Clean and Free

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There is a sense of freedom in having a clean house.

Today's Doctors

Today's Doctors

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I think casual has gone too far.

Built to Last

Built to Last

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Have we lost the patience to build and invest for the future?

How to Give Constructive Criticism

How to Give Constructive Criticism

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Or: Why I'd Rather Get a Facial in Georgia than in California

Quality Family Time

Quality Family Time

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How do get your family to spend real quality time together.

When God Hides His Face

When God Hides His Face

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Even when the situation appears bleak, God is still there behind the scenes, pulling the strings.

Dirt is Good

Dirt is Good

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We do our children no favors if we rescue them from all conflicts.

The Real Stars

The Real Stars

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A few blocks away from the Grammy's, there was even a better show was taking place.

A Lesson from Rabbi Weinberg

A Lesson from Rabbi Weinberg

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Rabbi Weinberg taught us to think like a Jew.

Frazzled Mom

Frazzled Mom

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A hole in the nose is easily repaired. A hole in the heart is much more difficult to mend.

Bank Habits

Bank Habits

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Visits to the bank give me an education in what passes for societal norms in behavior.

My Mother, My Coach

My Mother, My Coach

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Like a football coach, our overriding goal is to help our children realize their potential.

Fighting for Our People

Fighting for Our People

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There are many ways to stand up for the Jewish people.

Girls and Phones

Girls and Phones

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How to manage phone time for teenage girls.

Marriage & Me

Marriage & Me

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A great marriage requires focusing on your spouse.

Chanukah amidst Crisis

Chanukah amidst Crisis

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These are dark times. But they are not the first ones we have faced.

Return the Call

Return the Call

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Maybe it's time to get rid of your answering machine.

Between the Sexes

Between the Sexes

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The need for clear boundaries at the workplace.

Dread Coming Home

Dread Coming Home

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After being away 10 days, there is no place like home.

Long Live Thank You Notes

Long Live Thank You Notes

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If we can't be bothered to write a real thank you note, how grateful are we really?

Parenting's Most Essential Trait

Parenting's Most Essential Trait

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And it's not something we learn from books and classes.

Shopping with My Daughter

Shopping with My Daughter

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God has a sense of humor. Why else would He give seven daughters to a woman who hates to go shopping?

A Parent's Love

A Parent's Love

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A miracle in hardwiring.

Talking Politics

Talking Politics

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Why is it next to impossible?

Secure Embrace

Secure Embrace

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On Sukkot, we're all infants in our mother's arms.

I'm Really Sorry

I'm Really Sorry

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How to say, "I'm sorry."

Love Me as I Am

Love Me as I Am

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The cry of every human being.

Early Riser

Early Riser

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Sometimes the best opportunities for growth are standing right in front of you.

The Vanilla Custard

The Vanilla Custard

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One of life's absurdities.

The Phone Solicitation

The Phone Solicitation

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I was so frustrated by the intrusion, I hung up the phone.

I'm Bored!

I'm Bored!

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Have our kids learned their boredom from us?

The Sleep-Away Camp Challenge

The Sleep-Away Camp Challenge

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Camp requires one of the biggest parenting challenges of all -- leaving our kids alone.

Cruel to be Kind

Cruel to be Kind

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Destroying evil is perhaps the greatest act of kindness possible.

Our Exhausting Family Vacation

Our Exhausting Family Vacation

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Our 28-hour adventure getting from NY to LA.

The Right One

The Right One

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What can I do to make myself the best spouse?

From Good to Great

From Good to Great

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On being an effective leader.

Call Me Mrs. Braverman

Call Me Mrs. Braverman

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There's a lack of appropriate boundaries when 20-year-olds call 50-year-olds by their first names.

The World Upside Down

The World Upside Down

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Just when you thought it can't get more perverse, a PBS series suggests moral equivalence between the Nazis and the Allies.

Frankenstein Redux

Frankenstein Redux

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Parents shouldn't be surprised that they have created a monster.

No Interruptions

No Interruptions

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Can you have a conversation without interrupting?

Family Gathering

Family Gathering

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A young couple's pressure to conform to family expectations, with no regard for their needs.

Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story

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And this is Bob's.

Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

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A totally awesome experience.

Shopping as Therapy

Shopping as Therapy

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Like binge eating, it may feel good for the moment but the after-effects are devastating.

President Bush's Speech

President Bush's Speech

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This is not a political blog, but in a world that so uniformly condemns us, we need to be grateful for our few friends.

Stop Whining

Stop Whining

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And start living.

The Bonds of Love

The Bonds of Love

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In parenting, the most powerful tool we have is love.

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