Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

This week, I witnessed my 10-year-old letting go of his usual social inhibitions as he dove right in to a basketball day camp. And it was pretty cool.

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It's rare that America's Got Talent gets me thinking philosophically about parenting, but the 12-year-old Jewish boy who told off-color stand-up jokes got to me.

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This week, I've thought quite a bit about memories and interpretation after several unexpected responses from former bunkmates who read my post about my overnight camp experience.

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This time of year, I feel as left out of overnight camp nostalgia as I felt left out when I actually attended overnight camp. 

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I wouldn't let my older son quit guitar, but now he's kvetching about no longer wanting to do karate. Should I give in or is there a stronger lesson here about seeing something through? 

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Want parenting advice? Yeah. So do I. You’ll have to go elsewhere for that. But if you want to lighten your mood while reading about someone else’s parenting issues, you've found the right blog. Read on for reflections on contemporary Jewish parenting through the eyes of a Philadelphia writer, wife and mother just looking to get a little shalom bayit.

In addition to blogging on Mother Words for the Jewish Exponent, I work as a freelance copywriter. I write brochures, annual reports, bios, advertising copy, headlines, taglines, tweets and more for hospitals, nonprofits, schools, retail stores and small businesses. Before going into marketing, I was a journalist. My articles have appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Philadelphia Magazine.

Find out more about me and my work here

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