Flower Children

There is a way of thinking about people and personalities and resilience that has been the focus of some research lately. I will attach the articles to the end of this post so you can read more if you’re interested. The theory is that many children are like dandelions that can grow through a crack in the cement. They are resilient and will thrive in most any environment they are put in. It’s a way to explain the people you come across in...

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Harness that Stress

Stress impacts everything we do. We carry the effects of stress physically, and it makes it difficult for us to be present in the moment. When you have children in your life that can impact all of your interactions with them. Young children, especially, require reflective, attuned connections with their adults. Without this focused attention, they can suffer from lowered self esteem and confidence, and it can even effect early brain development....

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Happy Birthday Israel!

Sarah was unable to conceive. She, devastated, told her husband Abraham that he should have a baby with their servant, Hagar. Hagar gave birth to a healthy boy that was named Ishmael. Sarah and Hagar had a rough relationship due to the status Hagar now held as bearer of Abraham’s only son. They fought. Sarah was distraught and jealous and angry. Finally, a miracle. Sarah became pregnant. Isaac was born, a second healthy son to Abraham. Sarah,...

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On Healing From Trauma

I write this on Yom Hashoah, the day of remembrance of the Holocaust. When I was a child and in Sunday School, we watched videos and looked at books with the all too familiar figures of skeletal humans in horrible conditions and we were taught to never forget. I certainly will never forget those images or how it felt to think about such hopelessness as an 8, 9 or 10 year old. I’m not sure that the way we were taught about the Holocaust was...

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Food for Thought

Whenever I engage with parents, I often hear questions and concerns from them about the eating habits that their children are developing. These range from a wish that their child would eat more vegetables, to a concern that they won’t eat anything at all. Often the child I see in front of me is healthy and thriving, but food issues are incredibly stressful for parents and it can be really upsetting to sit with your child who is refusing food...

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Passover- A Time to Be Crunchy

Passover is a time for reflection.   It’s a time for thinking about our history and our stories and how we pass both on to our children. I know that sometimes, holidays can feel like a burden because we think about the things we have to do, what a hassle it’s going to be to change our routine, the fun and also the potential hassle of seeing family and friends. It’s a lot to think about. And, there is no denying the stress that the...

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