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To an outsider, another person’s success often looks easy, as if it were the mere luck of the draw. But a closer look reveals a clear goal, together with tremendous amounts of faith, strength, courage and hard work—a life of complicated decisions that result in an abundance of blessings
“Aha,” I said. “They, too, have it. A Vitamin N deficiency. They don’t get enough of the ‘N’ word.” She sighed and smiled wearily. “Yes, that’s it.”
As educators and parents, there’s a great deal we can do to help kids develop their natural sense of awe.
Some days, I feel like I am nursing her all the time, and doubt and fear creep into the back of my mind
Smiling and loving are related; they are both activities of harmony and unity. Both bring people together, melting away differences and conflict.
My 11-year-old son is absolutely fascinated by fire. So fascinated that he grabs every opportunity to strike a match.
Parents are often so intent on teaching that they overlook a critical aspect of education: the teaching strategy.
Was I really doing something wrong by wanting a few potato chips?
Did I not get it right? Didn’t I listen well? Didn’t I positivize him properly?
Not only are we able to better take care of our family’s nutritional needs when we prepare family meals, it enables us to make time for the things that really matter.
Although parents may feel awkward about insisting that their child thank them, they need to remember that this thanking is not for their own sake, but for the child’s sake.
Our sages tell us that we should aim to avoid extremes in our personal expression and experiences of emotions. But when it comes to anger, we are admonished to remove it entirely.
Dealing with Yael’s dislike of fruit, I found myself motivated to research finicky eaters and develop an effective method for exposing her to new foods.
I didn’t want to force the kids to eat healthy foods, but I didn’t want to just let them have free rein over the refrigerator, either. How could I find the healthy balance between being too strict and too indulgent?
Children have a natural way of growing that is right for them. The fact that your child is short and stocky or tall and slender is determined mostly by genetics, not your wishes.
One day my friend took her baby to the pediatrician, and was informed that her baby’s weight was spiking off her percentile curve.
We know it all: G‑d has a plan. It’s all for the good. Think positively. And we so badly want to say all these things to our loved ones when they are having a hard time. But sharing these pearls of spiritual wisdom at the wrong time can have very bad results.
Kids get upset a lot. Adults do too. In fact, miserable feelings are a gift from G‑d, a signal that something is wrong and needs to be fixed.
Many of the actions we take to educate our youngsters have little or no positive impact.
Your doorbell rings. You open it to find a large man wearing a police officer’s uniform standing on your doorstep.