The biggest gift our family has ever received is the absence of presents.
How do we educate our children to feel the pain of the Jewish People without overwhelming them?
After an international adoption process that dragged on for nearly two years, the day Micah finally came home was one of the happiest our family has known.
How to really listen to your teen who has somehow managed to reduce her vocabulary to "whatever" and some eye rolling.
Why teenagers aren't talking to parents and what you can do about it.
Parents of children with learning disabilities have their own unique challenges. Start by accepting your children for who they are and focusing on their very real strengths.
Expectations for a child with Down Syndrome.
How my 5-year-old daughter taught me the true meaning of giving.
Coming home after a long day is fraught with expectations and surprises. Some tips for damage control.
My middle son has a couple of hard acts to follow. He's doing it his own special way.
If we want to raise ethical children, we have no choice but to work on developing our character.
It's easy to push off the task of working on our character. But just wait till you have teenagers.
Accusations of hypocrisy leveled at the author of "The Book of Virtues" teach us an important lesson about how we instill values in our children.
The longer I parent, the less I feel I know. But here are a few basic principles that I try to live by.
Most of us hit our children when we are angry or frustrated. We are not educating. We are venting.
Demonstrating love doesn't always come naturally. Parents need to know how to cuddle, kiss and hug their children.
The sudden death of a young mother lends a stirring depth to her poetry.
Eating together as a family, even just once a week, yields tremendous benefits.
When our daughter was born, the feelings of joy were suddenly interrupted with the doctor's statement that she had Down's syndrome and possibly a severe congenital heart defect.
In the quieter moments, the questions the children ask and the statements they make are well worth hearing.
Some frequently asked questions in parenting pre-teens and teenagers, especially those at-risk.
Being a parent of a preemie entails many challenges. The first one is hope.
Mother's Day is not a Jewish holiday; it's a brilliantly contrived marketing tool. But try telling that to my mother.
Face it: Your child is not perfect. So try to appreciate their challenges and enjoy their strengths.
Bailing your child out of a difficult situation may not be doing him a favor at all.
My first Sabbath taught me an important lesson about training the palate to enjoy the sweet flavor of success.
Raising emotionally healthy children requires plenty of attention and affection. Easier said than done.
Children are as varied as we are. Appreciating their uniqueness will add immeasurably to your pleasure -- and sanity.
In trying to instill discipline, positive encouragement will get you a lot farther.
Presenting a united front and speaking to our children with one voice is essential for effective parenting.
Mature, childish. Detached, clingy. Selfish, caring. Respect us, scorn us. Stop the insanity! Some practical tips on raising teenagers.
Our children are looking to us for calm and compassion, faith and hope.
Too much permissiveness is a sure-fire way to raise spoiled, unruly children. But how to enforce the rules and still communicate unending love?
Combating jealousy begins with the realization that God gives everyone just what exactly what he needs.
Tools for inspiring our kids to stretch beyond their comfort zones and become givers.
How to take your children's emotional reality seriously.
There is a big difference between lashing out with insensitive criticism and admonishing with respect and love.
Raising happy children sometimes depends only on a kind word and a moment's extra attention.
What lessons are your kids picking up by watching your day-to-day behavior?
Appreciating your children's uniqueness is essential to their overall self-esteem.
Our child's self concept is being built every day. Who's the primary person doing the imprinting?
Parents are like a mirror, reflecting back their children's self-image. What your children see is what you'll get.