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Under God's Canopy

Under God's Canopy

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In about 10 hours you will be a married man and Mommy and I will be doing the whimpering thing.

How to talk to your kids about smoking: the Jewish perspective

How to talk to your kids about smoking: the Jewish perspective

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How parents can prevent their children from smoking.

Tolstoy in Kindergarten

Tolstoy in Kindergarten

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I assumed that if I got in early, our daughter would be in full literary swing by the time she reached nursery school. Was I ever wrong.

Where Credit is Due

Where Credit is Due

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When my son walks in the door, my first thoughts go upward.

Obesity in Children

Obesity in Children

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What parents should do -- and not do -- to meet the challenge.

The Heavenly Report Card

The Heavenly Report Card

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Maybe you're not such a bad parent (spouse/friend/person) after all.

Negotiating with Your Teen

Negotiating with Your Teen

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Disagreements, clashes, struggles are an inevitable part of growing up. Whether they result in animosity or deepened relationships is in our hands.

Eat This

Eat This

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You never know when something as simple as a kid who won't eat his vegetables will bring you to one of life's little epiphanies.

Cutting Loose

Cutting Loose

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My daughter's haircut taught me a lot about letting go.

Teens at Risk: Stressors and Signs

Teens at Risk: Stressors and Signs

by Sarah Jacobs

A guide for knowing when it's time to get help.

Sick Days

Sick Days

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It's hard finding quiet time alone with your child. A stomach ache may be just what the doctor ordered.

The Buck Stops Here

The Buck Stops Here

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Teaching our adolescents responsibility.

Letting Go One More Time

Letting Go One More Time

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Sometimes the more you let go, the tighter you become.

One Dollar an Hour

One Dollar an Hour

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A surprising encounter got me thinking: what am I teaching my children about money?

Teenagers: Handle With Care

Teenagers: Handle With Care

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A parents' survival guide to the terrible teens.

Shortcut Parenting

Shortcut Parenting

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More than any technique, your child needs your time, your concern and your caring.

The Over-Protected Child

The Over-Protected Child

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Give up the illusion: we can't fight our children's battles, nor should we.

The Dog Ate It

The Dog Ate It

by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz and Emuna Braverman

Homework doesn't have to be a major source of struggle between parents and children.

Relinquishing Control

Relinquishing Control

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The difficult art of letting go.

The Mommy Chronicles: Back to School and Shul

The Mommy Chronicles: Back to School and Shul

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Getting ready to go back to school and getting ready for the High Holidays have a lot in common.

The Mommy Chronicles: One Small Red Lego

The Mommy Chronicles: One Small Red Lego

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Why do we desire whatever belongs to someone else?

The Mommy Chronicles: Potty Training and Diet Advice

The Mommy Chronicles: Potty Training and Diet Advice

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In my attempts to teach my three-year-old some self-control, I lost mine.

The Mommy Chronicles: Honorable Mentions

The Mommy Chronicles: Honorable Mentions

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Honor is found in the boardroom, the locker-room, the courtroom, and even the star's dressing room, but not in my kids' playroom.

The Mommy Chronicles: A Clean House

The Mommy Chronicles: A Clean House

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I'm my own version of superwoman. I do it all, but I don't clean the bathroom, and I'm okay with that.

Letting_Go

Letting_Go

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As rough as those teenage years are, nothing quite prepares us for the major event that occurs when they finish high school: leaving home.

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

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How I learned to enjoy summer and the kids without tearing my hair out.

Son, Skydiving is Dangerous

Son, Skydiving is Dangerous

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Teaching our children the rewards of patience.

The Gift of ADHD

The Gift of ADHD

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ADHD has taught my daughter that nothing comes without working very hard and that you don't take good friends for granted.

The Gift of the Past Present

The Gift of the Past Present

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The biggest gift our family has ever received is the absence of presents.

Helping Kids Cope with Terror

Helping Kids Cope with Terror

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How do we educate our children to feel the pain of the Jewish People without overwhelming them?

Loving Your New Brother

Loving Your New Brother

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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.

Listening to Your Teenager

Listening to Your Teenager

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How to really listen to your teen who has somehow managed to reduce her vocabulary to "whatever" and some eye rolling.

Talking Teenagers

Talking Teenagers

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Why teenagers aren't talking to parents and what you can do about it.

Different Kids, Same School

Different Kids, Same School

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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.

Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey

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After some bouts of panic, a family decides to kick the TV habit.

My Son, The Artist

My Son, The Artist

by Susie Feder

Expectations for a child with Down Syndrome.

In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

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My little daughter is growing up way too fast.

From the Heart of a Child

From the Heart of a Child

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How my 5-year-old daughter taught me the true meaning of giving.

Coming Home

Coming Home

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Coming home after a long day is fraught with expectations and surprises. Some tips for damage control.

Miracle at Dodger Stadium

Miracle at Dodger Stadium

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Effort and prayer combine to beat impossible odds.

Flying Solo

Flying Solo

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My middle son has a couple of hard acts to follow. He's doing it his own special way.

The Good Parent

The Good Parent

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If we want to raise ethical children, we have no choice but to work on developing our character.

The Teenager Challenge

The Teenager Challenge

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It's easy to push off the task of working on our character. But just wait till you have teenagers.

Marching to a Quicker Drummer

Marching to a Quicker Drummer

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A brief report on ADHD in Jerusalem.

Bill Bennett's Vice

Bill Bennett's Vice

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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.

Tell Your Children

Tell Your Children

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Explaining the war -- and Passover -- to a six-year-old.

(Lack of) Parenting Expertise

(Lack of) Parenting Expertise

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The longer I parent, the less I feel I know. But here are a few basic principles that I try to live by.

The Love Mirror

The Love Mirror

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What do your kids see when they look in your eyes?

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night

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A user-friendly guide to parent-teacher conferences.

Sparing the Rod

Sparing the Rod

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Most of us hit our children when we are angry or frustrated. We are not educating. We are venting.