Playing an Instrument with Braces

playing in band with braces on

Braces and brass don’t always mix… here are some tips! Having personally experienced them for three years in my youth, and then another two as an adult, my memories are not too fond. So, is it hopeless if your child is getting braces? Absolutely not! Braces today are SOOOOO much different than 10, 15 even […]

Special Needs Parenting – Finding Your Support


Finding support essential for parents of special needs teens When your child is diagnosed with any kind of medical problem, it’s like you’ve joined a special club that you had no idea existed until you arrived. While connecting with other parents facing the same concerns as you is wonderful, it can also be sometimes challenging […]

High School – The New Frontier?

is high school the new frontier

It was silent in the car during most of the 25-minute drive to my son’s out-of-town high school for freshman orientation. He was reading a book that he was supposed to have finished during the summer, “but I don’t really have to have it done until Friday, mom. That’s the first real day of school.” […]

What #NMOS14 Means to Me and My 15 year Old Son

NMOS14 and what it means

#NMOS14 – Ferguson I have always been more of a Facebook person than a Twitter person.  I didn’t often check my Twitter feed.  But for some reason last Tuesday, 12 August, I woke up and while laying in bed talking myself into getting up to make a cup of coffee I opened my Twitter and […]

Why It’s Important To Not Baby Your Kids

raising self sufficient kids

Raising Kids Who Think on Their Own Last spring, my husband and I taught a parenting class on “Raising Kids In The 21st Century.” I took a risk by asking for input from our kids, ages twenty-two to fourteen, on what they thought we’re doing right, or wrong, in raising them. “You let us figure […]

Coffee Talk: Savor (almost) Every Moment

savor the quiet moments

Savoring the Moments with Your Teens Imagine the Air Jordan logo. Now imagine it rotated 90 degrees to the right. That was me standing in front of the blackberry bush, except I wasn’t doing anything with a basketball. I was reaching to pick berries from a cluster on an out-of-the-way branch, bracing myself against the […]

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 […]

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

are we stressing our teens out

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 […]