So much of parenting involves improvisation and creativity. The situations that we find ourselves in as parents are often so ridiculously improbable that all I can do is laugh – or cry (of course). At the same time, I have a great sense of satisfaction, of patting myself on the back, when I live through… Read More United – Where Is The Help Button?
I’ve always felt bad for Cheshvan. It’s referred to as Mar Cheshvan, the bitter (“mar”) month of Cheshvan, for its lack of holidays. Cheshvan arrives just as we’ve concluded the incredibly packed month of Tishrei; after we’ve eaten ourselves silly on Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, reflected on Yom Kippur, danced on Simchat Torah, and enjoyed… Read More Taking the Mar out of Cheshvan
Recently, a friend of mine was wrestling with a dilemma. She had agreed to do a favor for someone without really knowing the logistics of what they needed. When she realized what they wanted, it was well above and beyond any sense of normalcy; but she felt stuck. She couldn’t say no, could she? I… Read More Why Saying No Is Good For You
Teeth are tricky business for this mom of six. Sure I have a lot of doctor’s appointments and places to take my boys, but I find the dentist to be one of the hardest of those obligations. This is true for a few reasons. Where I live, teeth cleanings and teeth check-ups aren’t done in… Read More Tricky and Tiring Adventures with Teeth
These are not easy times, to say the least. Each of us is trying to get through it the best we can. We all have our own red lines over which we try not to cross, hoping that these lines in the sand will keep us safe. You see, we are fighting this war in… Read More Lessons From Our Kids In Trying Times
There are times when little things in my life make me nostalgic and remind me how far we’ve come in our journey. This cute little blue jumper that Yakir put on this morning is one of these things. 11 years ago, when Matan was a baby, we enjoyed a few weeks of rest in Burlington,… Read More The Nostalgic Jumper