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.
What’s the worst thing you ever did as a parent? What’s the judgment call you would give anything to reverse, the regret that keeps you up at night? We’ve all got them; it goes with the territory.
Have you ever wanted to make HAMANTASCHEN at home? We have the reciepe for you.
Don’t judge me if you happen to see my kids eating packaged Ritz crackers for school lunch.
It’s both human, and typical of how we parent today: At the first indication of unhappiness from our kids, we rush in to fix it, serving, as Dr. Robin Berman explains, like human pacifiers.
THEY learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to end not with a bang, but with a whimper.
When my son first negotiated for the right to take the New York subway to school alone, I thought I was agreeing that he could take a very particular train from one specific stop to another specific stop at certain times of day (and after all, if he didn’t arrive, I thought, the school would know something was wrong).
Do you remember the first time you made a major purchase or invested in something really big that was yours? For me, it was my first car. I worked several summers as a lifeguard to save enough to buy a small red Toyota.
Submarine parenting allows children to manage situations as they come up, without mom or dad hovering like a helicopter.
Years ago, I took care of a little girl whose mother worried tremendously about her clumsiness.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when parenting became so difficult and intensely competitive. Parents work exceedingly hard to point their children in one direction or another to help them excel. In doing so, we have taken much of the fun out of being a parent and lost sight of what might make our children truly joyful.
Hanukkah begins on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days.
What’s Jewish about gratitude? So many things! In Judaism hoda'ah means gratitude or being thankful for what we have.
Reading and writing isn't the only way kids learn. (So don't skip the playing!)
As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still advantages to doing things the old-fashioned way.
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Updating the traditional Yom Kippur confession.
By Michael Lerner
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How to get closer to your best self this New Year.
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It’s that time of year where many people begin thinking about everything they have to be thankful for. Although it’s nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving, being thankful throughout the year could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life.
End-of-summer tricks guaranteed to make the first day at the bus stop less stressful.
Sending children to a residential, or day camp, builds resilience. I recently spoke to 300 camp directors about how to make children more resilient to lifestress. Summer camps, we discovered, are perfect places to help children optimize their psychosocial development.
Leaving for sleepaway camp is, for many children, a major step toward independence. Today, when cellphones keep parents and children in nearly constant contact, the fact that most camps have phone-free policies makes breaking away even more of a challenge.
Away from the city, technology and academic pressures, kids can grow in creativity, independence and other qualities of successful people. Letting go of your children for a summer of adventure and creativity at a sleep-away camp is a great way for them to develop independence and leadership.
Several administrators at a recent conference asked my opinion on year-end student awards and assemblies. At their schools, they typically rewarded students who had straight A’s or who had GPA’s above a certain cut-off point.
Dear Parent: I know. You’re worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting/shoving/pinching/scratching/maybe even biting other children.