Miriam's Advice Well

From dating to parenting, Miriam welcomes all questions. Posted every Monday.

Dear Miriam | Keepsakes or Trash?

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Our first Chanukah with our son in Jewish preschool just ended, and we are left with a mountain of crafts.

Dear Miriam | Regifting Creates Regret

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My son just turned 1. He understands neither Chanukah nor gifts

Dear Miriam | What’s in a (Country’s) Name?

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I want to ask what to do about a seemingly innocuous, well-meaning assignment in my fourth grader’s class.

Dear Miriam | Insufferable Guest Makes Shabbat Dinner Unpleasant

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The other night, I was invited by a friend for Shabbat dinner. In attendance was a person who was an insufferable dinner guest.

Dear Miriam | What’s the Etiquette for B’nai Mitzvahs?

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My (non-Jewish) daughter has been invited to a number of upcoming bar and bat mitzvahs, and she is very excited.

Dear Miriam | Playground Interaction Causes Consternation

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 At the playground recently, my kids and I ran into a family we are friendly with.

Dear Miriam | Job Stress Presses on Mother

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I’ve developed a proposal to change my job to a higher-level position that I am excited about, but I worry if the board says yes I won’t actually be able to follow through.

Dear Miriam | How Do You Deal With a Politically Divergent Uncle?

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I have an uncle that I really love, even though our political views are polar opposites.

Dear Miriam | Cash-hoarding Tween Worries Parents

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I recently discovered that my 12-year-old has been hanging onto her allowance, earnings from watering neighbors' plants and years of birthday cash and just has it all sitting in her room.

Dear Miriam | Baking Neighbor Seeks Feedback

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I have a neighbor who is still deeply invested in her pandemic baking hobby ...