Purim is here! Finally, we get to laugh a little!!! Author Anne Lamott is quoted as saying, “Laughter is a bubbly, effervescent form of holiness” she even calls it “subversive.” […]
You know the old adage “You are only as happy as your most unhappy child”?… So in the spirit of the Purim holiday, which begins February 25th and celebrates reversals […]
There’s a new hotline that the New York Times opened last week called the Primal Scream Line. It is capturing the exhaustion, rage, and overwhelm of mothers who have been carrying […]
I taught a series of classes recently on the theme of Becoming a Soulful Parent and one of the comments from the participants stopped me in my tracks. He felt like this […]
On this Tu B’Shevat (the Jewish festival that celebrates the new year of the trees) how can we continue to learn resilience from the natural world?
The change of Tu B’shevat reminds us that change happens in an ecosystem. Every tree, blade of grass and patch of earth has a role to play in the health of the system. So too with our families.
Like many of you, I have been glued to the news in the U.S. over the past week. A mob storming the Capitol building in Washington D.C. A president’s speech […]
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I remember seeing a cartoon in my inbox. The setting was 20 years in the future. A parent and child were having a conversation that went something like this: “Remember that COVID-19 pandemic?” asked the child.
Faith challenges us to “keep faith” in our children and the core belief that they are born capable, with the potential to grow and change.
Are you a good listener? I hope to think I am. But I am not always. I sometimes get distracted, or think of my response while another person is speaking.
We are the bridge between our parents, who carry with them so much history, and our children, who carry with them the potential to touch eternity.
It’s Time to Pray When anxiety, worry and concern about what will happen in the days and weeks following the election overwhelm us, prayer can help open the door to […]
At the end of every day, when I have time for a quick call with a friend, I lament, “parents are in an impossible situation.” And after talking to this mom, I remember how mothers are feeling it most.
I wrote this article back in 2017. It’s about boredom and how the Jewish high holidays shook me out of my management mindset to confront my vulnerability and mortality. Living […]
Letting go of negative feelings go is not easy. Patterns of thought and behavior keep familiar habits close. But choosing to live our lives open to an unwritten narrative we can be lead to a place of discovery, for ourselves and our families.
I’m not a very good listener. The problem is, I think I am.
Because with total strangers, I am excellent. New people to me are like books. They have a whole story and a lifetime of experiences that I am interested in uncovering.
But I can go into autopilot pretty easily when it comes to my children.
Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to parenting. My most recent journey into impatience came last night as my 2-year-old daughter twirled and sang her way into the wee hours of the night.
So in order to really celebrate Chanukah this year let’s ask ourselves, what makes us Jews distinct? How can we celebrate our distinctiveness in ways that strengthen our own identities and the Jewish identity of our families?