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Book Club: Blessing Of A Skinned Knee

I am really excited for our next book club, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. We are reading The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel. This is one of my favorite parenting books. Why? The blurb on the book on her website says it all: "With warmth and humor, Mogel distills the wisdom of the Torah, the Talmud, and important Jewish teachings, as well as contemporary psychological insights, into nine “blessings” that address key parenting issues such as: Teaching respect for adults Chores Keeping expectations in line with your child’s … [Read More...]

How To Talk So Kids Will Clean

Passover: More Ways To Talk So Kids Will Clean

In our last post we spoke about how Passover is right around the corner and parents rely on their kid's help to get all the holiday prep work done. We discussed 2 of my favorite techniques from the book, "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen", "Give Choices" and "Give Information." Here are some more tips based on "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen" 1. Describe the Problem: Instead of: “You never listen or help! How many times do I have to tell you to clean I need help peeling vegetables!” Try: “There is a whole bag full of potatoes and … [Read More...]

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Passover: How To Talk So Kids Will Clean

Passover is right around the corner and that means that in Jewish homes across the world it is very busy. There is a lot of preparation, of the cleaning and the cooking variety, that needs to be done. That means that Jewish mothers around the world need lots of help. They turn to their kids and that is often where the trouble begins. I will hear a lot of of this from parents: "My child does not listen to me" "My kids are so lazy, so irresponsible!" "They are so thoughtless, they don't even care how hard I am working." So, what can we … [Read More...]

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Help Your Child Listen: Positive Words Work

I was just on Facebook and read the following posts from Sarah Chana Radcliffe Parenting: “Positive words leave a lasting positive impression in the brain, therefore avoid using negative words in any kind of sentence. For instance, avoid "Don't be rude," or "That was rude," or "You are speaking in a rude way" (all of which are interpreted the exact same way by the child's brain - as "You are rude."). Instead, use the positive word in your correction - the exact opposite of the negative word: "Please speak in a respectful way" or "Please say … [Read More...]

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Is Spending Time With Your Kids Out Of Vogue?

In our last blog post I gave a recap of our Book Club meeting. We discussed the book, The Five Love Languages of Children In the article, I wrote, "One participant felt that most of the parenting advice that she had gotten over the years highlighted spending time with your kids; that was the best way to help kids feel loved. The philosophy in our book, The Five Love Languages of Children,overturned that notion." A reader commented:"Hard to believe that spending time with your kids is out of vogue..." I am so glad that I have the … [Read More...]

Parenting Responsible Children

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Emotional Intelligence For Kids: Teach Them To Calm Themselves

                What is all this hype about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the new buzzword in education and parenting. Research has shown that it is an important factor in helping our kids have healthy relationships with their spouses, friends and co-workers. Adults who are emotionally intelligent are happier […]

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Whose Report Card Is It Anyway? Encourage Your Child To Take Responsibility For Their School Work

I remember the feeling of anticipation and nervousness in elementary school when report cards were handed out. I wasn’t the greatest student but I always did okay, A’s, B’s and once in a while a few C’s. Whatever I did get my parents were pretty cool about it. They knew I was an avid reader […]

Nurture Yourself

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5 Surefire Ways To Stop Losing It With Your Kids

Every parent messes up. We say things we don’t mean. We yell at our kids because we are tired. We sometimes blame our children for things they never did. We may accuse our children of behaving badly when that was never their intention. We act in a way that we swore we would never act. […]

Moms Have Got A Lot To Do: Manage Your Time Effectively

Sometimes I feel like my world is spinning out of control. There is always so much to do, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. In our fast paced world it is important to stop and think about effective ways to manage our time. Julie Morgenstern, in her book “Time Management from the Inside Out” advises […]