Chinuch

Reaching for the stars with your feet on the ground

A new year is beckoning.  A pristine, white piece of paper, a blank slate, an unstained tablecloth.  Whilst we do not want to incur any blemishes, we will do well to acknowledge that we also do not want our “slate” to remain entirely “blank” by the end of the year. …

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A Lesson in Chemistry

Most of us would agree that red and pink clash.  The truth is that green and green don’t look that good together either.  In family life we may have a child who is unfathomably different to us; or a child who is eerily similar to us.  It…

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The Truth, the Whole Truth and nothing but the Truth

"I did not eat the chocolate spread!"  insisted Yocheved demurely, with a spoon in her hand and chocolate marks on the counter nearby.  True or false?  She must have, there is circumstantial evidence!  How many times a day do we think our children have done something wrong.  And how many…

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Shabbos – a Day of Rest?

Shabbos in many ways is a culmination of all the effort we have invested during the previous week and infuses us with inspiration and revitalization for the following one.  Yet in between one week and the next, this twenty four hour period is when time and space almost stop.…

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How to Weather the Summer Vacation

 

If chinuch is challenging in the fall, winter and spring, what happens when we additionally endure the glistening sun that does not seem to withhold his gifts of heat – particularly if you live in the House of the Sun!

Did you ever list ten qualities you would like…

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Making Time for Quality Time

 

In theory, a parent could dress their child in the morning, give them breakfast, send them off to wherever it is that they go, serve lunch, take them to the park, prepare supper and do bathtime followed by bedtime, day in and day out, but not form a relationship…

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Live Performances in our very own homes

People will pay hundreds of dollars to therapists just to be heard.  Actually, a therapist does not only listen.  They also make the client feel held of and regarded.  Every human being has a need to be listened to.  Both in smaller families but even more…

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Looking at another Side of the Coin

Let’s be honest with each other: Money can potentially make life so much easier.  If only somebody else could do my ironing this week!  It would take 4 minutes in an air conditioned taxi instead of roasting whilst carrying those heavy groceries up the hill!  If we could just buy…

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