Positive Parenting

It May Be OCD

Q: I have a family of seven children, bli ayin hara, the oldest being my 14-year-old daughter. She is what every mother would want — smart, helpful, tzniusdig, with very…

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Teasing Among Siblings

Q: My oldest daughter (of several, bli ayin hara,) is 12, and is followed by a 9-1/2-year-old girl. My second daughter greatly desires the company of her older sister, who…

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Getting in Touch with Emotions

Q: I have a family of seven children, bli ayin hara, and devote a lot of time to their individual needs. My 16-year-old daughter is quite shy and is feeling…

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Avoiding Power Struggles

Q: My 10-year-old son has an anger-management problem that we’ve been working on for the past year and a half with a therapist. We have seen major improvement, but recently…

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Sibling Conflict and Perceived Favoritism

Q: My husband and I have four children, bli ayin hara; the oldest two are girls, ages 13 and 15, followed by a boy, 9, and a 2-year-old girl. The…

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Inculcating Hakaras Hatov in the Home

Q: I find it very difficult to relate to my children’s lack of gratitude. How can they receive so much yet appreciate so little? When I was growing up, my…

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Encouraging Positive Changes

Q: Our family consists mainly of girls, ages 6-19, with strong personalities that differ from each other. Unfortunately, my 10-year-old daughter (who, I admit, has some annoying habits) is being…

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Finding the Right Yeshivah

Q: I am a mother of three boys in a large frum community in the U.S. As my husband’s yeshivah, growing up, was not the yeshivah of his choice for…

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Familial Communication

Q: I am blessed to have a family with a good number of children (bli yin hara), and to the world at large, we seem like an ordinary type of…

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The Unhappy Child

Q: My 11-year-old son has lately been very anxious and unhappy. He is not doing well in school and claims that he is just stupid (which is not true). We…

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Encouraging Daily Routine With Your Children

Q: I feel that we live in a very impulse-driven world, where my children only want one stimulation after another. “Bored” is the most negative word in their dictionary, and…

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Sibling Rivalry

Q: We have three lovely kids — two girls ages 6 and 3, and one boy of 4 months. The girls are best friends and can play beautifully together. They…

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Issues of Joint Custody

Q: My sister is a divorced mother of six who is having a difficult time with joint custody and her general relationship with her children. For as long as I…

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Should I Mainstream My Son?

Q: My 14-year-old son has been in a special-ed school since he was about 9 years old. He had severe behavioral issues (such as continually getting out of his seat,…

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Helping Pre-Teenagers

Q: We have two daughters, ages 9 and 11, who are quite mature for their age. They’ve become very emotional in recent months, and my husband and I don’t know…

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Sharing our Children’s Interests

Q: I have two teenage sons, ages 14 and 17, who go to out-of-town mesivtaos. We live in a small city where post-elementary school chinuch is limited, necessitating the decision…

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Parenting the Adult Child: Yom Tov Visits

Q: As I look back over Yom Tov, I realize just how much brachah and simchah I was fortunate to experience. That being said, I’m not being non-appreciative when I…

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Taking Stock of the Past Year

Q: As Rosh Hashanah approaches, it can be depressing to think how one year seems similar to another. I haven’t made any monumental movements in my life, and the whole…

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