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The Graduates

The Graduates

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A different kind of school. A different kind of graduation.

The At-Risk Teen

The At-Risk Teen

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Some frequently asked questions in parenting pre-teens and teenagers, especially those at-risk.

Early Hopes

Early Hopes

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Being a parent of a preemie entails many challenges. The first one is hope.

Real Jewish Mothers

Real Jewish Mothers

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Mother's Day is not a Jewish holiday; it's a brilliantly contrived marketing tool. But try telling that to my mother.

Throw Away the Xerox Machine

Throw Away the Xerox Machine

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Face it: Your child is not perfect. So try to appreciate their challenges and enjoy their strengths.

Teaching Children Responsibility

Teaching Children Responsibility

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Bailing your child out of a difficult situation may not be doing him a favor at all.

The Committed Life

The Committed Life

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My first Sabbath taught me an important lesson about training the palate to enjoy the sweet flavor of success.

Life is for Love

Life is for Love

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Raising emotionally healthy children requires plenty of attention and affection. Easier said than done.

Spice of Life

Spice of Life

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Children are as varied as we are. Appreciating their uniqueness will add immeasurably to your pleasure -- and sanity.

Threats, Bribes, and Punishments

Threats, Bribes, and Punishments

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In trying to instill discipline, positive encouragement will get you a lot farther.

Two Parents, One Voice

Two Parents, One Voice

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Presenting a united front and speaking to our children with one voice is essential for effective parenting.

Parenting Teenagers: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Parenting Teenagers: The Agony and the Ecstasy

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Mature, childish. Detached, clingy. Selfish, caring. Respect us, scorn us. Stop the insanity! Some practical tips on raising teenagers.

Talking to Our Children About the Tragedies

Talking to Our Children About the Tragedies

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Our children are looking to us for calm and compassion, faith and hope.

Taking Charge: How To Discipline with Love

Taking Charge: How To Discipline with Love

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Too much permissiveness is a sure-fire way to raise spoiled, unruly children. But how to enforce the rules and still communicate unending love?

Jealousy_

Jealousy_

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Combating jealousy begins with the realization that God gives everyone just what exactly what he needs.

Cultivating Kindness

Cultivating Kindness

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Tools for inspiring our kids to stretch beyond their comfort zones and become givers.

Respecting Your Child's Emotional Reality

Respecting Your Child's Emotional Reality

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How to take your children's emotional reality seriously.

The Dangers of Criticism

The Dangers of Criticism

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There is a big difference between lashing out with insensitive criticism and admonishing with respect and love.

Just a Slight Adjustment of Focus

Just a Slight Adjustment of Focus

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Raising happy children sometimes depends only on a kind word and a moment's extra attention.

Mirroring Parents

Mirroring Parents

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What lessons are your kids picking up by watching your day-to-day behavior?

Respecting your Child's Uniqueness

Respecting your Child's Uniqueness

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Appreciating your children's uniqueness is essential to their overall self-esteem.

Who's Minding the Kids?

Who's Minding the Kids?

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Our child's self concept is being built every day. Who's the primary person doing the imprinting?

A Self Fulfilling Prophecy - Part 2 - Building Positive Self Esteem In Children

A Self Fulfilling Prophecy - Part 2 - Building Positive Self Esteem In Children

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Parents are like a mirror, reflecting back their children's self-image. What your children see is what you'll get.

Building Your Child's Positive Self-Image: Part 1

Building Your Child's Positive Self-Image: Part 1

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A down-to-earth Jewish primer on raising kids with healthy self-esteem.

Helping Children Cope With Difficulties

Helping Children Cope With Difficulties

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Failing a test, being unpopular, coping with divorce and worse. Children face many difficulties. What can we do to strengthen our children for life's challenges?

Family Holiday Guides

Family Holiday Guides

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Let Shrilly the Shofar take you and your family on a guided tour of the High Holidays, uncovering the deeper meanings of the most awesome days in the Jewish year!

Married (A Second Time) With Children

Married (A Second Time) With Children

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Forget the Brady Bunch. Here are six tools for coping with some of the unique challenges step-families present.

Understanding Your Child

Understanding Your Child

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Good parents, help their children develop a roadmap to their own unique personalities. To do that, you've got to really know your child.

Don't Get No Respect?

Don't Get No Respect?

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When you walk in the room do your children even notice? Do they contradict you, yell at you or argue with you? The issue is respect -- or, the lack of it.

The Gratitude Attitude

The Gratitude Attitude

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Do not underestimate the power of "Thank You" notes to help kids learn to appreciate the good that others do for them.

Judging Others Favorably

Judging Others Favorably

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Giving people the benefit of the doubt applies to children too. In fact judging our children favorably is the most effective tool for teaching them this powerful commandment.

Love Thy Principal

Love Thy Principal

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Teachers are human too. A little bit of effort on your part can go a long way to helping your child in the classroom.

Combating Jealousy

Combating Jealousy

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"Joshua got a bigger piece of cake than me!" How can we replace our children's fear of being shortchanged with a secure feeling that they have all they need?

Coping With Fear

Coping With Fear

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How to teach your children to cope with living in a scary, sometimes unjust world.

Is God a Man or a Woman?

Is God a Man or a Woman?

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Q. My four-year-old daughter has begun to ask about God. Is God a man or a woman? What is God? What should I tell her?

Opening Our Homes: What's In It For Our Kids

Opening Our Homes: What's In It For Our Kids

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A home is your castle, but is also a tool for teaching your children sharing, hospitality, and caring about others.

Anger

Anger

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Children who fly into temper tantrums may be modeling their behavior on parents who use anger as a teaching tool.

Why Are There So Many Rules In Judaism?

Why Are There So Many Rules In Judaism?

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What's wrong with having some fun?

Gaining Respect

Gaining Respect

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Treating your kids with respect is the best way to teach them to respect you. Think you can pull it off?

Talking to Your Kids About Divorce

Talking to Your Kids About Divorce

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Q: What does it mean when people get divorced?

Instilling Humility in Children

Instilling Humility in Children

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Don't equate humility with weakness. The truly humble person is the strongest of all, as the example of Moses aptly demonstrates.

Why doesn't God answer me?

Why doesn't God answer me?

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Q: Why doesn't God answer me?

Does being Jewish mean I'm different from my friends?

Does being Jewish mean I'm different from my friends?

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Q: Does being Jewish mean I'm different from my friends?

Will Your Child Grow Up To Be A Thief?

Will Your Child Grow Up To Be A Thief?

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Acceptable stealing -- such as lying about a child's age to gain cheaper admission -- communicates an indelible lesson.

Being an Imperfect Parent

Being an Imperfect Parent

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Perfectionists are living in the wrong world. Teach your children how to avoid this debilitating habit.

How do I talk to my kids about the fact of life?

How do I talk to my kids about the fact of life?

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Q: How do I talk to my kids about the facts of life, from a Jewish perspective?

The Art  of Positive Reinforcement

The Art of Positive Reinforcement

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What you praise and criticize is what you get. So be careful!

Why does God Make People Sick?

Why does God Make People Sick?

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Q: Why does God make people sick?

The Positive - Negative Ratio

The Positive - Negative Ratio

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Of course you love your child. But in the midst of all the daily demands and negativity, does your child really know this?

The Parenting Game

The Parenting Game

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Good parenting means paying attention to the uniqueness of each child.

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