Parenting Podcast: Taking Stock
As the summer comes to a close and the fall approaches, the Jewish calendar calls on us to reflect and take stock. In this week’s parenting podcast, educational psychologist and consultant Lori Day looks back on her long career in education and asks what had changed for parents and what has stayed the same. What challenges are parents facing, and how are kids’ lives different? What do our children need from us? While the answers are familiar: love, attention and guidance; the world we live in can pose new challenges: the distraction of technology, families spread apart, the influence of pop culture, and the lack of unstructured time.
I often ask our parenting experts to imagine what advice they might give to their younger selves. The advice has ranged from forgive yourself to attend to your spouse to eat dinner together. Lori reminds us this week, “You do need to communicate your values.” As the high holidays approach, I’d love to hear from you: what do you think is different for parents and kids today? What would you do differently as a parent,looking back on this year and thinking about what lies ahead?
Wendy Grinberg, RJE is a URJ Parenting Specialist.