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Perfect Chanukah gift for kids?

As every parent and grandparent knows, kids have an incredible tolerance for repetition. They can watch the same Phineas and Ferb episode again and again without flinching; they’d happily consume waffles and French fries three meals a day. When one of my sons was in preschool, he wore a Boston Red Sox baseball hat 24/7 (barring bathtime) for two years straight.

But experts say that children have more than just a tolerance for ritual repetition, they actually crave it.  And that it is in the simple repetitions of life that our human beings find the sense of order and predictability they need to thrive in an unpredictable world. Perhaps exponentially so in our rocket-paced, technology-based, achievement-driven, media-ridden 21st century society.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 December 2012 04:43 )

Jewish Parenting

Teaching your kids about money

WHEN my son was in first grade, he told me he wanted a Wii game console for his birthday. “Jake,” I replied, intent on giving my son perspective on how much his request would cost, “do you realize that you could go to the dollar store and buy 300 toys for the price of one Wii?” “Really?” Jake asked, clearly pondering this revelation. “I guess I’ll just do that instead!” It’s not that my son was inherently greedy. To the contrary, he’s compassionate and generous. It’s j...

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 November 2012 07:18 )

Jewish Parenting

First day of kindergarten

Preparing a child for the first day of kindergarten is among the most bittersweet tasks of our parental careers. But wistfully tracking down the coolest Batman or Barbie backpack on the market is only a fraction of the job description. The following suggestions will help ensure your little slugger enjoys a successful start to his or her rookie school year. Get into the Kindergarten Swing: A few nights before the start of school, begin easing your child into the school-year schedule. That way h...

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 August 2012 06:25 )

Jewish Parenting

Power Tools — helping kids cope with terror

It was a tough week on the news ticker for parents. First came the heinous attack on an Israeli tour bus in Bulgaria, followed only days later by the incomprehensible tragedy in Colorado. Questions of how to talk to our children about these headlines have weighed heavily ever since. How do we explain how a few moments of summer fun — a bus ride to a beach resort; a carefree night at the movies — could turn on a dime into a mass murder scene? How do we reassure them that all movie theater...
Jewish Parenting

Send homesickness packing this summer

IT’S a situation as sticky as a freshly roasted marshmallow. Your child, who’s been looking forward to attending overnight camp since you signed her up this fall, suddenly develops a case of cold feet. She’s no longer buzzing with excitement over her upcoming month of summer fun. She’s teary-eyed and anxious over spending 30 days (720 hours!) away from mom and dad. (Truth be told, you’re a tad teary-eyed and anxious about those 720 hours, yourself.) So what’s a parent to do with a b...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 June 2012 02:08 )

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