Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Kislev 12, 5776

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Over the past few months, I have heard "my stomach hurts" from my 10-year-old more than I would care to and gone to great lengths to diagnose whatever mysterious thing seems to ail him so much. 


No matter how much my kids complain about learning a musical instrument, this is one area where I am a tiger. I will not let them give up because I want them to know what it feels like to persist and master the notes. 


There is nothing that makes me feel more like a failure as a parent than a child who repeatedly refuses to do what I ask. But despite never giving in to my youngest son's demands, the child persists in displaying his defiance with tantrums and fistfulls of lip.


While I do long for some aspects of baby and toddlerhood, I was reminded recently of all the things from those stages that I'm so glad to be done with.


As I went to Facebook to share my third video so far this spring of my son's little league victories, I paused for a moment thinking, line crosser? 



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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