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9 Tips and Insights for the New Mother at a Brit
After all the hard work of labor and recovery, having a brit only eight days later can be overwhelming.
When the Nursing Didn’t Flow: Four Things I Learned
It was 4 in the morning, and the whole house was quiet and asleep. I sat alone on a couch in the living room, silently sobbing with a frantic baby in my arms. A few weeks into motherhood found me exhausted, bewildered and unable to breastfeed.
‘I Hate Him, I Love Him’: Recognizing Sibling Struggles
Hadn’t she also used Shira’s help in taking care of him? Hadn’t she been relieved when they were “playing together,” leaving her off the hook for a while?
The (Sometimes) Mysterious, (Always) Wonderful World of Siblings
Siblings. How do we understand the intense rivalry intertwined with unwavering loyalty
7 Jewish Parenting Principles, Inspired by Experience
These 7 Jewish parenting principles can help you go from bearish to bullish on your best long-term investment.
A 6-Year-Old Was Hit by a Bus and Died. What I Told My Kids...
Ready or not, as Mom, I had to address the tragedy.
Counterintuitive Tips for a Well-Fed and Well-Rested Baby
What can your newborn do, and what can’t he? What’s normal, and what’s not? What should I expect of this baby’s abilities?
What Do Parents of Happy, Helpful, Confident Children Do Differently?
The tone of our voice carries strong messages. Children hear the nuances of our voice, and their emotions are affected by them.
What 30 Years in the Classroom Taught Me
The personal well-being of a single child is far more important than the lesson plan for the entire class.
Big Families, Big Plates: Raising Lots of Kids
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
Raise ’em Right: Helping Your Kids Avoid a Vitamin N Deficiency
“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.”
5 Basic Ways to Bring Spirituality Into Our Children’s Lives
As educators and parents, there’s a great deal we can do to help kids develop their natural sense of awe.
Getting to Know My Baby’s Feeding Patterns
Some days, I feel like I am nursing her all the time, and doubt and fear creep into the back of my mind
Smile, and the World Smiles With You
Smiling and loving are related; they are both activities of harmony and unity. Both bring people together, melting away differences and conflict.
Playing With Fire: A Lesson in Mood Regulation
My 11-year-old son is absolutely fascinated by fire. So fascinated that he grabs every opportunity to strike a match.
Want Your Kids to Listen? Then Read This
Parents are often so intent on teaching that they overlook a critical aspect of education: the teaching strategy.
Making Balanced Food Choices
Feeding Our Children, Part 6
Was I really doing something wrong by wanting a few potato chips?
Parenting in the Digital Age
Did I not get it right? Didn’t I listen well? Didn’t I positivize him properly?
Preparing Family Meals
Feeding Our Children, Part 5
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.
How to Teach Your Child Gratitude
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.
How to Eradicate Your Child's Anger
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.
Is Your Child a Picky Eater?
Feeding Our Children, Part 3
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.
What Is a Parent's Role in Feeding?
Feeding Our Children, Part 1
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?
What is Normal Growth for a Child?
Feeding Our Children, Part 2
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.
Altering the Menu for an Overweight Child
Feeding Our Children, Part 4
One day my friend took her baby to the pediatrician, and was informed that her baby’s weight was spiking off her percentile curve.
The Best Way to Support Your Loved Ones in Crisis
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.
Tempering Tantrums
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.
4 Discipline Tactics to Avoid
Many of the actions we take to educate our youngsters have little or no positive impact.
What to Do When Your Child Is in Trouble
Your doorbell rings. You open it to find a large man wearing a police officer’s uniform standing on your doorstep.
Why I Slept on the Living Room Floor for 5 Weeks
"What's your secret? How do you teach your kids to be considerate?"
Being Grounded
In order to connect, in order to give, in order to attach, you have to be connected to the ground. If a woman doesn’t get any sleep, if she has no physical or emotional strength, if she doesn’t eat properly, then she can’t be a source of blessing.
Riding the Birth Wave
Giving birth with confidence demands that you commit to labor with the understanding and acceptance that it is not easy – otherwise they would have called it something else
We're Having a Baby (Now What?)
Your childbirth experience fills your consciousness. Your body is recovering physically, your hormones are flying and: there's a baby, who needs and deserves your best...
Women Helping Women
The Role of a Doula in Childbirth
The one consistent thing that every doula brings to a birth is a willingness to offer the birthing mother whatever support she needs to help her get through this powerful experience with confidence, strength, dignity and love.
Are There Jewish Customs for Pregnancy and Birth?
The months of pregnancy are a very precious and delicate time. As your doctor has surely informed you, the attitude, behavior and nutritional choices of the mother during this time have a profound impact on the health and future development of the fetus.
Top Ten Fasting Tips for the Pregnant Woman
Barring any specific medical conditions, some good planning and some practical coping techniques will allow most women in a low-risk pregnancy to manage a twenty-five hour fast without any complications to the pregnancy or risk to their babies...
Signs of Postpartum Syndromes
Many women are depressed after childbirth; at least 80% suffer in some way! However, there are differences in how individual women respond. This article describes the range of depressive symptoms a woman might feel after childbirth...
The Power to Birth
There is no hierarchy when it comes to birth. All women are equal in labor – rich or poor, famous or common place, fat or thin. All laboring women go through the journey of birthing their babies.
Do You Wish Mazal Tov to a Pregnant Woman?
Conceiving a child is like conceiving an idea. A new idea is very exciting, but until it has been brought into the concrete world and actualized, it is too early to celebrate...
Advice to an Expectant Mother
Of course, none of this is for you—it’s all for the unborn. So there's no self-indulgence going on. Just good pre-parenting. Right?
Choosing Your Birthplace
The important factors to consider and the important questions to ask when making the first major decision during your pregnancy: where you will give birth?
Choosing Your Caregiver
Once you have made the major decision of choosing your birth place, it is time to start assembling that birth team. Here are the salient concerns and questions you should be asking
Nausea In Pregnancy
Tried and True Symptom Relievers
The term “morning sickness,” which is often applied to describe the nausea in pregnancy, is a misnomer. Nausea in pregnancy can occur at any hour of the day or night. Yet there are steps a woman can take to help avoid or alleviate nausea in pregnancy.
Preventing Pregnancy Loss
While not all loss can be medically explained, quite often, with the proper medical treatment and diagnosis, many pregnancy losses can be prevented...
Postpartum Depression
A Personal Account
PPD would never happen to me. I was too "happy"! I was always the type of person that people viewed as so capable, energetic, and positive. But I suddenly realized that PPD could happen to anyone, even me...
Helpful Newborn Advice
Part I
Nothing compares to the beauty and joy of giving birth to a healthy, beautiful baby. But knowing what to do with this new little thing can be quite overwhelming! Here are some great tips and advice for adjusting to life with your newborn...
Your Baby's Development: A Pictorial Essay
An understanding as to how your baby is growing and changing as the weeks pass, as well as pictures of your little one from within the womb.
Okay to Ask Doctor the Gender of the Fetus?
I am pregnant and curious about the gender of the fetus. Is it okay for me to ask the doctor to do a sonogram to find out?
I have been told it is generally not the done thing for pregnant women to go to a cemetery. On the other hand, I do want to be there to honor my friend's memory. What do you think?
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