We have been raising our two children (ages 3 and 5) as part of the Jewish community for the past several years. I have intended to convert to Judaism for many years, but as the kids are becoming more and more engaged in Jewish life, it has become much more important to me. As part of my conversion process, my husband and I signed up for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. It has been such a great experience to share with other families in our community.
While I feel confident in our parenting capabilities, I also feel a very deep responsibility to strive to be better. Our children are truly the treasure of our life. I’m sure we could be doing something better at all times. During the course of this class, we have finally had the time to think about and have conversations about our responsibility as parents. It is not often that we have free time to consider this important topic. Also, my conversion process has largely been an individual journey. I have loved sharing part of it more directly with my husband.
When recently reading Wendy Mogel’s “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee,” I was struck by the notion that our children are on loan to us from God. What a beautiful thing to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. What a huge responsibility we have to teach this context to our children and to give them the tools they need to live fully.
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