Family

STARTING NURSERY SCHOOL

Dear Claire, Our youngest daughter just started preschool. She and about 36 other kids are meeting every day in their teachers apartment. She was nice enough to loan out her home until the system finds her a classroom. This is … more

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NO HOMEWORK

  Dear Claire, I belong to a discussion group where, for months, experts have been discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of assigning children homework. One side of the argument sees homework as “over-kill” and that “children have enough school work to … more

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Summer Vacation – Freedom From or Freedom To?

“There’s nothing to do!  I’m bored!” is the battle-cry of children everywhere who are on summer vacation.  Yet after weeks of counting the days for school to end, children are at a loss for what to do with their newly … more

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Children?

The Chedva Beat: What are children missing today?     Shoshana: Today children are missing the right conditions required to help them reach their full human potential. While it is obvious that it would be unthinkable to remove a fetus … more

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Comparing Children: An Impediment to Growth

Comparing seems to be part of human nature. We compare ourselves to others; we compare our children to each other and to other children; we compare our spouses to others; and on and on. Comparing the heart rate or blood … more

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DISCIPLINING – PARENTING OR PERSONAL

There are times when a parent must reprimand or punish a child. Ideally, of course, the parent should pause before taking action and think things over. Is he (or she) acting out of love for the child or for some … more

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Who Benefits From Play?

The Chedva Beat: How do parents and children benefit from play? Shoshana: Play is indeed very important for both parents and children. Play is the time when our minds are at rest and we are filled with imagination and creativity. … more

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WE ARE WHAT WE SAY

Moshe Rabbeinu made a rare display of anger when he was approached by the tribes who wished to settle on the east side of the Jordan River – Gad, Reuven and half of Menashe. He shot back with the rhetorical question: … more

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Teenage Independence

  SMF: What do young adults really want from their parents? Jenny: Young adults DO want their parents in their lives, but in a new way.  As children are growing up, parents play various roles in their children’s lives.  For … more

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