Teaching my Teens about their Jewishness and Jewish Heritage.

I was born Jewish.  My father was born Jewish. My mother was born a Southern Baptist but converted to Judaism prior to marrying my father, so I was born Jewish.  Being Jewish is passed through the mother not the father.  You might wonder why, (as I did), Jewishness is passed through the mother and not the father.  Of course until recent scientific advances in the 1980's and 1990's one could not prove paternity with over 90% accuracy, and it was the woman's word against the man's word.  However, these days with DNA testing being 99.9% accurate, their is little doubt about paternity if someone … [Continue reading...]

Six Steps For Raising A Daughter with Healthy Eating Habits

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Notes From An Eating Disorder Survivor When I gave birth to a daughter, I was terrified. At twenty-three, I was still a girl myself, struggling with my own issues – an eating disorder, insecurities, and identity issues. If I struggled with my own body issues, how was I going to raise a girl with a healthy self-image? Her birth forced me to face the underlying issues of the eating disorder. I … [Continue reading...]

Are We Stressing Kids Out? A Teacher’s Point of View

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What a Music Teacher Thinks About Your Kids Schedule A typical conversation between a student and music teacher: Teacher: “Did you practice that song this week?” Student: “I don’t have time to practice my instrument, I have: Soccer practice 3 times/week Religious studies 2 times/week Basketball practice 3 times/week Dance practice Saturdays for 3 hours Soccer and basketball games all … [Continue reading...]

Extra School Prep Needed for Special Needs Tween

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Parents everywhere are gearing up for back-to-school – going over supply lists, checking their children’s wardrobes and trying to get their kids back on a normal sleeping schedule. I’m dealing with those issues too, but add one more: the pre-school meetings and conferences to educate another round of teachers and staff members about my son and his special needs. After seven years at one school … [Continue reading...]

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie – Infograph

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  Infograph provided by TeenSafe … [Continue reading...]

We Know More About Robin Williams’ Death than Michael Brown’s.

Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014.  He was a beloved actor and comedian.  The news was even more tragic because he apparently committed suicide and had a history of mental illness.  Depression is a terrible, terrible disease.  What people show on the outside is not always how they present themselves, and depression kills. Michael Brown died on August 9, 2014.  He was an 18-year-old … [Continue reading...]