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.
A down-to-earth Jewish primer on raising kids with healthy self-esteem.
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?
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!
Forget the Brady Bunch. Here are six tools for coping with some of the unique challenges step-families present.
Good parents, help their children develop a roadmap to their own unique personalities. To do that, you've got to really know your child.
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.
Do not underestimate the power of "Thank You" notes to help kids learn to appreciate the good that others do for them.
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.
Teachers are human too. A little bit of effort on your part can go a long way to helping your child in the classroom.
"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?
How to teach your children to cope with living in a scary, sometimes unjust world.
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?
A home is your castle, but is also a tool for teaching your children sharing, hospitality, and caring about others.
Children who fly into temper tantrums may be modeling their behavior on parents who use anger as a teaching tool.
Treating your kids with respect is the best way to teach them to respect you. Think you can pull it off?
Q: What does it mean when people get divorced?
Don't equate humility with weakness. The truly humble person is the strongest of all, as the example of Moses aptly demonstrates.
Q: Does being Jewish mean I'm different from my friends?
Acceptable stealing -- such as lying about a child's age to gain cheaper admission -- communicates an indelible lesson.
Perfectionists are living in the wrong world. Teach your children how to avoid this debilitating habit.
Q: How do I talk to my kids about the facts of life, from a Jewish perspective?
What you praise and criticize is what you get. So be careful!