The Purim story teaches us about having the courage to stand up for what we believe in and to do the right thing even if we are afraid. The article below gives us examples of how we as parents can teach our children today to show courage.
Purim means much more than just fun and games. To demonstrate our gratefulness for surviving a near tragedy, we are to fulfill two mitzvoth on the Jewish holiday of Purim to help us remember the many blessings that fill our lives: one is to make “shalach manot” -- gift bags of food to give to friends; the other is matanot la’evyonim -- to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.
When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “how was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered) “fine.”
"Silence is Golden," an ancient proverb, teaches us that sometimes simple messages can be heard without needing to be spoken. Read the article below about the lesson learned from building a tree house.
As parents we do our best to teach our children right from wrong. But as we know our children still make mistakes. The ECLC is a place for our children to grow and to learn from their mistakes so that when they leave our school they are confident individuals who can make the best choices. Below is an article on how to teach students to embrace their mistakes.
Parenting tweens and teens can give you whiplash if you’re not careful.
Imagine this situation: A classroom of students is settling down to work on a writing task. All of a sudden, one student exclaims, “That’s not fair! Why do they get to listen to the instructions on the headphones! I want to listen, too!”
Our ECLC is a place of community. We teach students about kindness, and how one's behavior and actions affect others. The article below discusses the importance of empathy and how as parents and teachers it is our job to teach this to our children.
Last night we celebrated Hanukkah with our VBS community. Each family brought a Hanukiyah and candles to light. Together we created a special moment in our community where we came together to remember and celebrate this ancient story.
We celebrate Hanukkah with our friends and family. But we know that Hanukkah is more than just the latkes, soufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts), and presents, so how do we remember our Jewish history? What is the message of Hanukkah that we want to give to our children?
Last week we remembered to be thankful and show gratitude to the blessings we have in our lives. With Thanksgiving weekend coming to a close, we are now entering the Holiday season. Each year we ask ourselves, how we can make Hanukkah, a holiday about dedication and Jewish identity, more meaningful for ourselves and our children.
What’s Jewish about gratitude? So many things! In Judaism hoda'ah means gratitude or being thankful for what we have. But there’s also a phrase, hakarat hatov, which extends beyond simple gratitude to “recognizing the good” all around us
Research suggests that intimate friendships have long-term benefits, such as higher self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and depression.
I give up. I quit. Yes, yes, I know. We tell our kids that they shouldn’t quit. When they decide that they don’t actually like soccer after begging to join the team, we make them finish the season. When they ask to quit tae kwon do after we bought the uniform, belt, and gloves, we make them finish the three-month session.
Parent’s want their children to grow up self-confident and capable. Sometimes without even realizing it, your responses may be doing the exact opposite.
Feeling Left Out in Adolescence
Times have changed greatly and with new times come new habits, sets of behavior and attitudes that seem very different from the ones we were used to when we were kids.
When I was a little girl, I heard a story about prayer. I can’t remember if it was directly taught to me in Hebrew school or something I just picked up. In the story, a small child did not yet know how to pray, yet she knew the letters of the alphabet.
Here’s the short version of this article. If you leave your kids home on the High Holidays so you can have grownup praying time, bring your kids on Sukkot. If you bring your kids to the High Holidays, then bring them back on Sukkot.
Getting young kids to actually understand empathy can sometimes seem impossible.
I've always been fascinated by faith healers - men and women who claim to invoke the name of God in order to heal everything from arthritis and depression to blindness and spinal injuries.
By Perri Klass, M.D. and Lisa Damour
Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning.
This Mothers’ Day I want to acknowledge that each of us has at least two parts, and both parts are worth celebrating–the part that’s “Mommy,” and the part that’s not.This Mothers’ Day I want to acknowledge that each of us has at least two parts, and both parts are worth celebrating–the part that’s “Mommy,” and the part that’s not.
When Lily Shum was little, she dreaded speaking up in class. It wasn't because she didn't have anything interesting to say, or because she wasn't paying attention or didn't know the answer. She was just quiet.
The Perks of Being an Outsider
By Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Dr. Brené Brown has become famous for her speaking and writing about vulnerability, worthiness, shame and the other important emotions running underneath daily life all the time.
Over Halloween, some 6th grade drama occurred among my daughter’s friends. Typical stuff really: some girls in group costumes, other girls feeling left out, lots of chatter about who would be trick-or-treating with whom—and then throw a boy-girl party into the mix. Nothing catastrophic happened, but it’s junior high now and social situations can evoke uncomfortable and even unfamiliar emotions.