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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 )

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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 )

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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 )

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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...
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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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NYC education officials urged to investigate quality of yeshivas

Julie Wiener Fifty-two former yeshiva students, parents of current yeshiva students and ex-teachers signed a letter expressing “deep concern” about dozens of schools. ... [Link]

Microsoft buys haredi-founded tech firm

Julie Wiener The founder and president of New Jersey-based FieldOne is a Satmar Hasid who taught himself several computer languages. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli lawmaker: Jews have no religious ties to Temple Mount

Julie Wiener Masud Ganaim, a member of the Joint Arab List, told Israel Radio that “historically, religiously, it is a Muslim site, period.” ... [Link]

5 ex-U.S. ambassadors to Israel back Iran deal

Julie Wiener The envoys said in a letter that they “see no fatal flaws that should call for the rejection of this agreement.” ... [Link]

8 Jewish federations come out against Iran deal; most stay silent

Andrew Tobin While the majority of the 151 Jewish federations in North America are withholding judgment on the nuclear deal with Iran, at least eight have come out against it. ... [Link]

London faith schools meeting scheduled for Rosh Hashanah

Marcy Oster Britain’s Office for Standards in Education offered to find alternative dates for the Jewish schools after the Orthodox community reacted angrily. ... [Link]

ICC prosecutor rejects court’s request to reconsider flotilla case

Marcy Oster Fatou Bensouda said the appeals court judges did not consider “the unique context of violent resistance aboard the Mavi Marmara.” ... [Link]

Mossad: 3 Iranian Jews who disappeared in 1997 were murdered

Marcy Oster The findings come a year after the announcement that eight other Iranian Jews who left for Israel in 1994 at the direction of Israeli officials also were caught and murdered. ... [Link]

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