Positive Parenting

Dealing With Fear

Q: It’s hard to imagine things becoming more difficult these days, but when these issues of violence began to stir up, the difficult only became more overwhelming. Trying to explain…

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Sibling Learning

Q: I have a 9-year-old son who has been in a less pressured mainstream school, with tutors throughout the years to help him stay on grade level. His siblings know…

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Decreasing Stress

Q: I can greatly relate to the letter published last week. It’s not just the Zoom challenge that I face, but family members’ general response to one another. My husband…

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Living With Remote Learning

Q: As one of the many parents who are living with the new reality of their home being an ocean of tablets, I feel that I’ve become a principal of…

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Living With Remote Learning

Q: As one of the many parents who are living with the new reality of their home being an ocean of tablets, I feel that I’ve become a principal of…

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Lost and Overwhelmed

Q: As we all go through this difficult period, I understand that no one is really expected to act in a regular way. I don’t want to bear grudges towards…

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Does My Son Know He’s Lying?

Q: My 9-year-old son is now in his fourth school. He has issues with impulse control, and also lacks, to a very great extent, an understanding of social cues. For…

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Seeking a Seminary

Q: My daughter, who is in twelfth grade, is now applying to seminaries for next year. She very much wants to go to Eretz Yisrael, but I don’t know if…

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Adult Sibling Conflicts

Q: I know that you usually write about issues having to do with children of a younger age, but we are still parents once our children marry and leave the…

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Managing in Mesivta

Q: I have a 14-year-old ADHD son in a regular, local mesivta who fortunately spent all his younger years in a mainstream elementary school. We have always had Rebbeim and…

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Consenting to Compromise

Q: I have been married close to 13 years and since the beginning it has been a turbulent marriage. Our marital issues have recently intensified, as my husband’s erratic behavior…

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Calming the Combat Zone

Q: As I look back upon Yom Tov, I feel like I spent far too much time refereeing fights among my children. This began before Yom Tov, when it came…

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Starting the New Year Afresh

Q: As the new year gets underway, I find myself looking back at past years and thinking about how I’ve been as a mother. I think my patience has improved…

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Too Much Therapy?

Q: My 7-year-old daughter has been mandated for a variety of services by the Department of Education, and my husband and I have different opinions about whether she should use…

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The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Q: As we begin the school year, I am taking a look back at my previous attempts to improve as a parent, and I see that my lack of consistency…

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Struggles of Sandwiched Child

Q: We are the parents of seven children, bli ayin hara, and feel that our second child is kind of losing his identity, being sandwiched in as he is between…

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Family in Turmoil

Q: Dear Shira, My family situation is quite unstable now, and it seems like my nine-year-old son is like a sponge soaking up all the negativity that is going around…

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Our Son Doesn’t Have Friends

Q: Our 12-year-old son is a lively child, but somehow making friends doesn’t come easy to him. It’s a funny thing, because boys will come over to our house to…

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My Son Wants to Join the Army

  Q: Dear Shira, We have a 14-year-old son who is entering mesivta, and he talks about joining the IDF as his ideal. He loves reading books on World War…

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