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Joys and Challenges

My Baby Failed to Thrive, and I Felt Like a Failure
Although I may never be fully at liberty to do exactly what I wish when I want to, the gift of children and the challenges they have afforded me can only make me stronger, wiser, better.
A Mother's Perspective: Impressions from My Baby's Hospitalization
Sharing a hospital room provides a glimpse into the life of fellow sufferers, which helps to put the trials and tribulations of life into perspective.
When I Am Sandwiched in Love
I marvel at the love that surrounds me in this moment
Blocked, Distanced and Betrayed
Why do some children distance themselves?
The Mommy Factor
For all her charm, five-year-old Leah exhibited serious developmental issues . . .
Anger Is Expensive
Anger and criticism are not building tools; they destroy people’s sense of self-worth, trust and security.
Hear Me Out: A Mother of a Deaf Child
Everyone who’s a mother—or who has a mother—knows a mom’s love is infinite. But some moms have found themselves doing things for their kids that are extraordinary.
Silent Music: Teaching Our Deaf Children
Khana already had three hearing children when she gave birth to a deaf son, Mordekhai. Whereas other mothers might have seen only negative, Khana remembers those years as full of positives.
My Son's First Siddur
We count the days until the big party. We count the words of your solo that fall throughout our home like handfuls of pearls. I try to hold them, but they fade so fast.
Being All Mother
I tried to explain that sometimes mommies can make mistakes and lose sight of what is most important, and I asked for her forgiveness . . .
Adopting Our Daughters
In the footsteps of Moses
Most couples are given G‑d’s natural blessings; it’s only certain ones whom G‑d gifts with the even loftier, perhaps supernatural blessing of adoption...
The Child I Prayed For
Life after Loss
Getting to Know my Daughter
I had always thought that I treated each child as an individual and worked to bring out his or her best. What hadn’t occurred to me was that I was treating each child the way I saw that child, and in my limited vision I was missing out on abilities and capabilities that I simply didn’t know were there...
The Secret Burn
Understanding Our Children
When I’m paying attention, I think the opportunity to raise up another person in the world is pretty mind-blowing, pretty awe-inspiring. And I’m raising three little people. The problem is that most of the time, I’m not paying attention...
Giving What You've Got
If I truly have so much faith in my levels of compassion, then why can I be so kindhearted toward an unhealthy baby, but lose my patience so easily with my perfectly healthy twins?
Becoming an Empty Nest
I stood there like a fool, with tears rolling down my cheeks. Had I forgotten? My baby is getting married...
Letting Go Takes Love
I reflect on their lives and realize that they don’t belong to me. That they never did. A part of me lives in them, but they belong to themselves...
My Firstborn Son
Sometimes I forget how old he is. I know I put more weight on his shoulders than the other ones. He definitely has more responsibilities, and I expect more from him...
The Transformative Haircut
In the weeks preceding this event, I found myself surprisingly ambivalent. My husband was all for it, as he had never been a staunch supporter of growing it in the first place. The other kids were also excited at the prospect of a party. Me? I wanted to hold on to this cute babyness a little longer...
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