Coffee Talk: Savor (almost) Every Moment

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

Setting Priorities for Back-to-School

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How to Have a Great School Year It’s back-to-school time and that likely means your kids, regardless of their age, are getting antsy and restless; you are likely going nuts and x-ing off the days on the calendar. Am I right? Warning: This is not a “typical” back-to-school checklist. Although you just might find there […]

When Did My Nerdy Teen Become an Athlete?

From Nerd to Athlete I was not an athlete when I was in high school.  I did run track my freshman and sophomore year, but that was it for athletics for me.  I was the nerdy kid.  I was in the marching band.  And the concert band.  I played the clarinet my entire high school […]

Lessons Your Special Needs Tween Can Teach You


Special Needs Kids Can Teach Us A Lot Being a parent teaches you many things. One thing I’ve learned in recent weeks is that you really need a new perspective when it comes to the word “achieve.” Growing up, I was the ultimate overachiever — excelling in the classroom and playing two sports. When I […]

Entitled Teens. Are We Ruining the Next Generation??

Are you raising entitled teens? I have 4 children.  2 of them are Karol’s kids, and so they are my “step children”, and 2 of them are my biological children.  The “step kids” are 22 and 19.  The bio kids are 17 and 15. So we have had some experience raising teens. More and more […]