Family

Should You Listen to the Marriage Advice from The Empowered Wife?

Where Lara Doyle gets it right – and where she has it wrong.

5 Amazing, Iconic Jewish Cookies

Five iconic Jewish cookies – and recipes – that reflect the vicissitudes of Jewish history and the resourcefulness of Jewish cooks.

How to Argue with Your Spouse about Parenting

Why you should always back your spouse and not argue in front of the kids.

The “Selfish” Child: Teaching Kids to Think about Others

Understanding why kids behave the way they do and how to teach them the skills they need.

Battling the Winter Doldrums

How I learned to love winter.

Every Child, A Name: Mama’s Secret Language of Love

My grandmother’s masterclass on showering love is just what we need today.

Blaming Your Spouse

How many times do we blame our spouses for frustrating situations over which they have no control?

My Father's Blessing

A parent's blessing is stronger than any length of distance or amount of time.

Searching for the Perfect Donut while Connecting to the Meaning of Hanukkah

While eating my Oreo-filled donut, I’m going to look at the tiny flickering flames and ponder all of God's kindnesses.

The Matzah Ball: A Jewish Rom-com Novel

Like her protagonist, Jean Meltzer suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and is a proud Jew who happens to love the Christmas season.

Fun and Festive Desserts for Hanukkah!

Fried ice cream, baked pumpkin donuts, Italian olive oil apple cake, oh my!

Hanukkah and Breaking Free from Mindless Routine

Imagine eight nights of quality, uninterrupted family time.

Not Just Latkes: Super Delicious Hanukkah Dishes

Including pulled beef gnocchi, cauliflower steaks and apple fritters.

How to Survive Your Thanksgiving Dinner

These 5 rules of engagement will save your family dinner, no matter who's around the table.

Are You Being Treated with Dignity?

And how are you treating others?

Sometimes Quality Time is Enough

Those surprising little gestures make a real impact.

Thanksgiving Dishes for a Beautiful Autumn

Slow cooked beef stew, bourbon pecan pie and other delicacies you don't want to miss.

The Raucous Party Next Door

In all my years of being a neighbor, I have never witnessed this happening.

When My Husband Sat Shiva

We were overwhelmed by the kindness of others.

Covid Made Me Appreciate Hosting Guests

Suddenly the very thing we took for granted (and sometimes complained about) was taken away from us.

Our Ruined Trip Up the Hudson River

We went to see the breathtaking fall foliage. But there was one big problem: everything was green.

Charging By The Hour, Including Shmooze Time

Don't let your drive for money compromise your values.

Thank God It's Not Always Sunny on the East Coast

Why I love experiencing all four seasons.

Today’s Goal Is Patience; Repeat as Many Times as Necessary

How to deal with people's total lack of consideration.

We All Want to Fly: Two Short Messages for My Kids

God is speaking to us all the time, if we just look for His messages.

How to Access the Joy of Sukkot

Joy comes from taking pleasure in the moment and not dwelling on what's missing.

Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family Revolutionized Jewish Children's Literature

Warm, intimate and full of fun, I adopted Taylor’s fictional family as my own make-believe family.

Yom Kippur and the Importance of Keeping Your Word

Living in a society where talk is cheap, we need to ensure that our words mean something.

What On Earth Are We Arguing About?

Have you ever made plans to go out to dinner only to have something set you off or irritate you as you drove there?

Cooking with Apples and Honey for Rosh Hashanah

Sweet and savory recipes to add to your holiday menus.

7 Rosh Hashanah Projects to Do at Home with Your Kids

My favorite Rosh Hashanah projects to do with children, from preschool through high school.

You Know Your Faults. Do You Know Your Virtues?

Start the Jewish new year knowing your strengths.

Apples and Honey Cake

Our amazing Jewish honey cake is just thing for this Rosh Hashanah. This honey cake uses olive oil for a healthy, non-dairy fat that keeps the cake light and flavorful.

Strike While the Iron is Cold: Don't Argue When You're Angry

Go to bed angry, because the worst time to deal with an issue is when you're mad and upset.

Sweet and Delectable Rosh Hashanah Menu: Entrée to Dessert

And don't miss my spiced bundt cake with apple caramel drizzle.

But I Was Only Joking: When Teasing Hurts

We're not allowed to hurt others with our words, and that includes teasing and joking.

My House Feels Like a 24-Hour Diner and I Love It

Why the mess, the constant cooking and the chaos are totally worth it.

There Is No Such Thing as Work/Life Balance

Life is an ever-changing juggling act that requires self-awareness, flexibility and simply letting go.

Tahina: History, Facts and Recipes for the Versatile Israeli Food

Discover why tahina is one of Israel’s most popular foods.

How to Bully-Proof Your Child

Practical ways to teach your child to be assertive and to stand up for other kids who are being bullied.

Cut Your Spouse Some Slack

We give our friends and kids the benefit of the doubt. Shouldn't we do the same for the most important person in our life?

Summertime Cooking with Fresh Seasonal Produce

Right off the grill summer corn, homemade chimichurri over steak, watermelon sorbet and more!

Learning from Kids who Play Together

Children haven’t yet learned to worry about what others think of them and to put others in restrictive boxes with alienating labels.

My Best, Hard-Earned Advice for Caregivers

The importance of self-care, support groups, and helping others, and the role of guilt and grief in the caregiving process.

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