Parenting

Opinion | My Children Have Become Nocturnal — and It’s Working for Our Family

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By Meredith Lewis It started out innocently enough. “Can we stay up late?” my kids, ages 7 and 9, asked the first evening back in March...
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Jewish Baby Naming

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Baby naming can be one of the hardest tasks expectant parents undertake, but Jewish tradition can help. Some practices for selecting a newborn’s kinnui, or...

A Gift Guide for Every Life-Cycle Occasion

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There’s no shortage of B’nai Mitzvah gift guides out there in the world, but the average Jewish person will go through a whole spectrum...
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The Tao of Family Travel

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A new mother shares the lessons learned from traveling with multiple generations of her family. Sometime between the Occitane poem and the lute-and-recorder serenade, my...
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All-Inclusive Israel

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Because family is everything in Israel, kids are welcome everywhere — making the country a great family vacation destination.  The first time I realized the...
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The Life-and-Death Task of Screening for Jewish Genetic Diseases

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The "Screen For Nineteen" awareness program aims to convince prospective parents to test for common genetic diseases before they have children so they can make informed...
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Struggling to Find the Right Kind of Independence

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A mother describes how a JEVS Human Services' initiative has given her hope that her daughter can live independently despite her disabilities. Let me tell...
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Is Jewish Day School Education Worth the Cost?

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One parent in West Bloomfield, Mich. wrote a frustrated essay explaining why he has decided not to send his kids to Jewish day school. Read the...
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Eastern Promises and Western Realities of Adoption

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An insider's view of what can go wrong — and right — after adopting a child from Eastern Europe. There we were, on our winter...
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Your Children: The Ultimate Value Investment

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Your children are going to learn fiscal responsiblity one way or another; it is up to you to make sure it's the easy way. Ari...