10/2/2019 Top Pick
Erica Streit-Kaplan is associate director of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. You can reach her at email@example.com.
I actually think I came away with more questions than answers, but I learned that having questions is OK and even a valuable part of parenting.
All the parents were familiar with “tzedakah” and “tikkun olam,” and yet none of them knew the term “chesed.” Why?
5/22/2019 Top Pick
I love the idea of not using any technology on Friday nights, or always being at home with our family, but that is just not realistic for us.
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1/10/2019 Top Pick
I want my children to have a different Jewish experience than I had—one that’s not about “checking the right boxes” but is connected and meaningful.
10/3/2018 Top Pick
The intimacy and trust of a child is one of the greatest gifts to receive. And it can be a dangerous intoxicant, at least for me.
9/6/2018 Top Pick
In spending time with other smart, thoughtful parents, I felt camaraderie in knowing that we ALL constantly wish we could do better.
Rabbi Rachel Schoenfeld celebrated all our perspectives—atheists, agnostics, Christians, secular Jews—and encouraged us to find spiritual practices that worked for us.
While we share our tsuris upstairs, our children socialize with pizza in the classrooms below, making PTJL a welcomed event for all involved.
7/5/2018 Top Pick
When we see our tween displaying behaviors that conflict with our hopes and values, we react. And, unfortunately, often we don’t think before we do.
5/15/2018 Top Pick
2/22/2018 Top Pick
It’s hard to “zoom out” and take a moment to think about what we’re really doing. The days are long (potty training, anyone?) but the years are short.
How can we show our children that Shabbat is fun, even if it means they will need to leave soccer practice early or miss movie night at school?