Flying Solo

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

The Good Parent

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

The Teenager Challenge

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

A brief report on ADHD in Jerusalem.

Bill Bennett's Vice

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

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

(Lack of) Parenting Expertise

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

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

Take Back the Night

A user-friendly guide to parent-teacher conferences.

Sparing the Rod

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

Love Is Not Enough

Demonstrating love doesn't always come naturally. Parents need to know how to cuddle, kiss and hug their children.

Mothers and Daughters

The delicate and sometimes painful balancing act.

Letting Go

The sudden death of a young mother lends a stirring depth to her poetry.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Eating together as a family, even just once a week, yields tremendous benefits.

Stopping Lashon Hara

A primer on how to raise our children to look at the positive and speak well about others.

Tears of Pain and Joy

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.

Green is a Jewish Color

In the quieter moments, the questions the children ask and the statements they make are well worth hearing.

The Graduates

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

The At-Risk Teen

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

Early Hopes

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

Real Jewish Mothers

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

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

Teaching Children Responsibility

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

The Committed Life

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

Life is for Love

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

Spice of Life

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

Threats, Bribes, and Punishments

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

Two Parents, One Voice

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

Parenting Teenagers: The Agony and the Ecstasy

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

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

Taking Charge: How To Discipline with Love

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

Authority in Parenting

Authority is not a four letter word. It's essential in raising healthy children, and in fostering their relationship with God.


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

Cultivating Kindness

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

Respecting Your Child's Emotional Reality

How to take your children's emotional reality seriously.

The Dangers of Criticism

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

Just a Slight Adjustment of Focus

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

Mirroring Parents

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

Respecting your Child's Uniqueness

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

Who's Minding the Kids?

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

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

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

Helping Children Cope With Difficulties

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

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

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

Understanding Your Child

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?

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.

Disciplining Kids Effectively

Effective discipline begins long before you need to correct anything. It depends on the trusting relationship between the parent and child.

The Gratitude Attitude

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

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.

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