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When Children Tell Their Parents What to Do

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Some of my biggest fans live right at home. I’m blessed to have a loving wife who encourages my writing and two adorable children who excitedly ask about the topic of my next article every other week when I appear in the Jewish Link.

Tonight, my 7-year-old daughter asked for the title of my next article and, when I said...

‘Mommy, Daddy, I Have a Problem’: Helping Children Deal With Adversity

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Someone once related to me the following quote:

“Little children, little problems. Big children, big problems”

As parents, we need to help our children deal with challenging situations. These situations will change based on age, situation and the nature of the problem. A younger child may struggle with sharing and developing friendships, while older children may struggle with family conflict, peer pressure and academic stress. While the specific problem may be different, the approach of parents to helping their children needs to take into account the following three ideas:

1) Do I fully understand the problem that my child has expressed to me?

2) Do I need assistance or guidance...

RYNJ Launches New Middot Program

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This year, it is with great excitement that RYNJ introduces the “Shipur B’Dibbur Program–Shaping Positive Relationships through Speech” in the first and second grades. This program has been designed by the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. The aim of this year-long curriculum is to cultivate positive speech in young students enabling them to form and sustain strong, meaningful relationships with others. The curriculum includes teaching many age-appropriate social skills and concentrates on dibbur as it applies to peer relationships. The beautifully structured curriculum is divided by monthly topics, which are explored in depth on a bi-weekly basis. Each idea is presented...