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Keeping Kids Busy: The Educational Value In Puzzles

I have one son who loves puzzles. At a very young age, he was putting together 100 piece puzzles. Now years later, the puzzles have gotten more complicated. He received a 9,000 piece puzzle for Chanukah that he just finished recently. It took him 4 months. It  has taken up over half the playroom, even though we took pictures, we don't have the heart to break it up and put it away. Now with his birthday money, he wants to buy a puzzle with 32,000 pieces! The problem: You need a really big surface to do these extra large puzzles and I have … [Read More...]

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Kids and Chores: Stop The Whining And Complaining

I work better by myself and I so much rather do things alone than get my kids to help out. It just seems easier and more efficient. However after reading, Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel,many years ago, I knew I needed to push myself in this area. My kids needed to help out. The truth is, I can't do it all myself anymore. According to Mogel: "Doing chores gives them(kids) survival skills. By teaching our children a habit of responsibility at an early age, we give them the confidence to take on ever-more complex challenges as … [Read More...]

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“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen” Workshop

We are excited to announce our next How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Can Talk workshop, here in Cleveland. When: Beginning Monday evenings: April 27th-June 1st Time: 8-9:30pm Fee: $100+$40 for books Where: Fuchs Mizrachi School 26600 Shaker Blvd Everyone always asks me what my favorite parenting book is and this is it How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Can Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. I have been blessed to be teaching the "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Workshop" for almost … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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 […]

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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 […]