Tag Archives: parenting

I know why he barks

Ben wants to please.  He really does.  Even as he barks – and just so you know, his bark is some kind of pitchy piercing octave that is ultra and immediately  annoying to me, so my patience when he barks … Continue reading

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Saying “I’m Divorced” is like saying “I’m Fat”

I’ve been without much emotion throughout the divorce process. And I thought that was telling.  Telling me that I had moved on long ago and that the years spent working on the marriage eventually led us here, to this place of … Continue reading

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DInner table questions for God

My 7 year old and I began keeping a list of all the big worldly questions she comes up with that stump me.  We figure that if we are ever able to have God over for dinner these questions would … Continue reading

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If you take a mouse to shul…

On Sundays and Tuesdays I teach Religious/Hebrew school.  Corny as it may sound,  I try to develop lesson plans that will not only educate but uplift.  (In truth -myself as well as my students.) Sometimes I wonder if I am … Continue reading

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Just not that into it – today.

I was awake before I even woke up.  This is how sleep works with little kids in the house.  I know I was woken 2 or 3 times between midnight and 7 am but I can’t tell you when or … Continue reading

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Mornings suck!

What can be done to improve the frustrated confusion known as weekday mornings?  It seems like the kids are in on a secret plot to make these moments as insane as possible.  And I think the husband may be in … Continue reading

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Loving Right on Yom Kippur

I accidentally saw the Dateline special on Rabbi Shmuleyʼs (http://www.shmuley.com) “Michael Jackson” tapes. As a trusted spiritual adviser, from 2000 to 2001 the Rabbi recorded intimate conversations between himself and Michael Jackson.  Shmuley says that it was Michaelʼs wish to … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Good Girl

I’ve been looking through Rachel Simmons book, The Curse of the Good Girl. It has a premise that I truly believe in and observe in my own life as a mother and a daughter. Simmons view, in a nut shell, … Continue reading

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Mommy, you angry?

I have heard this question an uncomfortable amount of times recently from my little one (2-1/2). Of course it’s a rhetorical question. Sort of unintentional toddler sarcasm. Hearing these words sends a flood of sadness through my body. I don’t … Continue reading

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Hugging The Monkey

There is a heart-grabbing photo floating around the internet.  Perhaps it has found its way into your inbox? It is a close up of a small, sad-faced monkey gently hugging a white bird.  Both animals are perfectly still as if … Continue reading

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Rabbi River

She is definitely one of the most interesting people I have ever met.  River has a true connection to God and Judaism.  For a 5 year old, this seems quite remarkable to me.  She hears the holiday stories and bible stories and, … Continue reading

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River is deep

I spent most of today thinking about River.  Shes been acting weird, annoyingly sullen lately.  In desperation this morning I begged her, “Please help me understand what you are feeling.”  After some time she revealed that she is sad.  Missing … Continue reading

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