Saturday, December 3, 2016 Kislev 3, 5777

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

My husband and I made a pact to try a 30-day diet that I hoped would purify my body. Instead, I ended up feeling umbilically connected to my kitchen, spending so much energy chopping vegetables that I didn't have much left for the kids. 


I was so sure that switching my oldest son to a new school was the right thing to do, until his pleading — and my gut — changed my mind. 


A recent bout of fights with my almost 11-year-old son got me worried that he's already starting to distance himself from me. 


In my world, experiences with anti-Semitism are uncommon. But after a recent comment that my friend's daughter heard, I thought it was time to prepare my boys in case they ever face such prejudices.


For those of you who think your young child will outgrow the bedtime protest, I am here to tell you that it's not likely. 



Want parenting advice? Yeah. So do I. You’ll have to go elsewhere for that. But if you want to lighten your mood while reading about someone else’s parenting issues, you've found the right blog. Read on for reflections on contemporary Jewish parenting through the eyes of a Philadelphia writer, wife and mother just looking to get a little shalom bayit.

In addition to blogging on Mother Words for the Jewish Exponent, I work as a freelance copywriter. I write brochures, annual reports, bios, advertising copy, headlines, taglines, tweets and more for hospitals, nonprofits, schools, retail stores and small businesses. Before going into marketing, I was a journalist. My articles have appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Philadelphia Magazine.

Find out more about me and my work here

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