Long Live Thank You Notes

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

Parenting's Most Essential Trait

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

Shopping with My Daughter

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 miracle in hardwiring.

Talking Politics

Why is it next to impossible?

Secure Embrace

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

I'm Really Sorry

How to say, "I'm sorry."

Love Me as I Am

The cry of every human being.

Early Riser

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

The Vanilla Custard

One of life's absurdities.

The Phone Solicitation

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

I'm Bored!

Have our kids learned their boredom from us?

The Sleep-Away Camp Challenge

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

Cruel to be Kind

Destroying evil is perhaps the greatest act of kindness possible.

Our Exhausting Family Vacation

Our 28-hour adventure getting from NY to LA.

The Right One

What can I do to make myself the best spouse?

From Good to Great

On being an effective leader.

Call Me Mrs. Braverman

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

The World Upside Down

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

Frankenstein Redux

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

No Interruptions

Can you have a conversation without interrupting?

Family Gathering

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

Up, Up and Away

A totally awesome experience.

Shopping as Therapy

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

President Bush's Speech

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

And start living.

The Bonds of Love

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

Going to Bed Angry

Don't listen to your grandmother's advice.

Cleaning for Passover

I am not a glutton for punishment, but I love it!

Total Mayhem

It is complete chaos in my house -- and it's the most wonderful thing in the world.


If we don't take ay risks, we won't fail. But we won't accomplish either.

You've Got a Friend

How to buy friends.

Our Purim Legacy

Each of us is writing our own personal megillah story.

Teaching Boys and Girls Separately

Separate education plays to each gender's strength.

The Thin Bride

Since when did being thin become the end goal of the wedding day?

Turning 50

Who are we kidding? 50 is not the new 40.

A Life of Errands

Can a life consumed by doing errands be very meaningful?

Believe in Your Kids

Despite any disability, we have the choice to lift our children up or bring them down.

Women and Criticism

Women thrive on unqualified support and love. Criticism is counterproductive.

Accepting Your Spouse

Part of the challenge of marriage is the constant need to remind ourselves why we married our partner in the first place.

Marrying Off Daughters

I can now empathize with Jane Austen's Mrs. Bennet.

Mom to the Rescue!

The cavalry does not belong in the classroom.


The danger behind the charm.

Cooking Says I Love You

If food isn't love, then what am I doing in the kitchen?

Imbuing Real Self-Esteem

Our kids are too smart to fall for counterfeit praise.

The Frustrated Parent

"I give so much and this is what I get back?!"

My Neighbor's Car

Someone else always has something we want.

Boundaries for Teens

Disagree with principal? Don't undermine your child's respect for authority.

A Time to Fight

When intruders enter your home and threaten your family, there's no choice but to fight.

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