We’ve come a long way since the start of our Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class. As first-time parents, it felt as if it was everything we could to do to keep our son Gabriel (then five months old) well-nourished and adequately clothed – any extra energy we had was spent thinking about things like how to encourage a regular nap schedule or which food to introduce him to next. We felt overwhelmed by virtually everything and had retreated into an insular existence in which our attention during non-working hours was wholly devoted to Gabriel.  Our awareness of the outside world became increasingly hazy and we had no time to think about what sort of parents we wanted to be or what sort of family we were hoping to create. Still, when we heard about PTJL it spoke to us as something worth making time for.

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