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Parenting Podcast: Camp Counselor as “Parent in Training”



by Rabbi Ron Klotz Hoo boy, do I have a lot of kids! Spending thirty-seven years directing a URJ camp brings a lot of children into the family. Do you think I know a lot about parenting? Well, I know a lot about camp directing, and Jewish programming, and conflict resolution, and homesickness and more; […]

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Parenting Podcast: Religious School: a Source of Stress or an Antidote to It?



by Dana Sheanin It’s not easy being a Jewish educator with a child who hates religious school! I’ll be clear at the outset that I believe my congregation’s religious school is engaging, warm and innovative—but right now it creates stress for my 3rd grade son. Perhaps it’s the extra three hours after the school day. […]

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Parenting Podcast: Umbrellas and Boulders: Independence vs. Interdependence



“Does she remember it or not, it was not only the first day in her life that she used her umbrella, it was also the first day in her life that she walked alone, without holding either her mother’s or her father’s hand.” –Umbrella by Taro Yashima (1958) This is the conclusion of a book […]

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Parenting Podcast: Step-Parenting through Bike Helmets



by Jane West Walsh, EdD, R.J.E Good parenting is complex and challenging. Good step-parenting is differently complex and challenging. My step-son Ben made the decision to move from his mother’s home to our home when he was entering eighth grade. It was clear during his month-long stay with us during the summer before his decision […]

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Parenting Podcast: Raising Moral Children: Know Thyself, Adonai Echad and Ob-la-di, ob-la-da



by Rabbi Leora Kaye I’m a rabbi, and my husband’s an atheist. My husband Doug’s atheism is well thought-out. He’s a loving, intelligent guy who doesn’t believe in God and hasn’t since he was eleven. He is moral, compassionate and Jewish, and he does not believe that his ethics are related to God. We believe […]

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Parenting Podcast: Helicopter Parents versus a Helicopter View of Parenting



by Rabbi Stephen Wise In this week’s Jewish Parenting Podcast, psychologist Richard Weissbourd explains the difference between being a “helicopter parent” and taking a helicopter view of parenting. You may have heard the term “helicopter parent” to refer to hovering and over-involved parents who take too great a role in their maturing children’s lives. Dr. […]

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Parenting Podcast: Can We Make Children Make Friends



by Sara L. Blumstein, RJE As a Jewish educator, I could say that the administrative task of assigning children to classes does not really put to use my graduate level studies. But if a synagogue is a place where we live out our Jewish ethics and which challenges us to be better people and better […]

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Parenting Podcast: Interfaith Parenting



by Arlene Chernow In this week’s parenting podcast, my colleague Dr. Paula Brody explains the issues that interfaith couples face as they make decisions about the religious identity of their children and their family as a whole. In my work, I have found that often even when a family has made a decision to raise […]

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Parenting Podcast: Does Your Teen Need a Tutor in “Integrity?”



by Alison Schulman As someone who works closely with kids and teens, I often speak with teens who can’t decide whether to spend their summers interning at a large corporation or doing service work in some exotic locale. Usually, indecision comes from trying to anticipate which experience would look better on a college application. Just […]

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Parenting Podcast: Relationships, Respect and Relevance: The Synagogue as a Refuge for Teens



by Craig Parks You can imagine my shock when several of my almost 20 ninth graders told me that they had to beg their parents to let them come to pre-confirmation. The parents were worried that their kids already had too much on their plate with school and the plethora of other activities programmed into […]

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Parenting Podcast: For Teens and All of Us, Success is Being Your Best Self



by Ruben Arquilevich This week’s parenting podcast addresses the topic of success and the pressures that youth endure in their quest for success. I applaud the efforts and initiatives to challenge the status quo and share the concerns that a myopic vision of success creates for our youth and their families. Moreover, the prevailing trend […]

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Parenting Podcast – Redefining Success for Teens: We Need a Movement



by Dana Sheanin Suddenly everywhere I go; people are talking about the challenges of parenting. In today’s high stress, high stakes, race-to-the-top world, who do I encourage my child to be?  How do I counter the messages he or she is getting from school, their peers and the media about what is important? What core […]

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Parenting Podcast: Being a Parent of a Child with Special Needs – My Feelings and My Actions



by Shelly Christensen, MA In this week’s Jewish Parenting Podcast, Educational Consultant Lori Day touches on feelings parents have when their child is diagnosed with a special need and important actions parents can take to help their children. I wish I would have had a Lori on my team when my son was young! Yesterday […]

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Parenting Podcast: Is Your Child a Bully?



by Melissa Frey In this week’s parenting podcast, Education Consultant Lori Day talks about bullying. Rather than focusing on protecting our kids from bullies, Lori asks the tough question of how we ensure our children are not growing up to be bullies. Lori specifically notes that children often act very differently at school than they […]

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