Sunday, August 31, 2014 Elul 5, 5774

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

I feel like I'm at the point where I can admit that I'm over pretending to be into unremarkable things my boys try to show me, especially unremarkable things that I've seen 48 times.

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All the recent media attention on the Taney Dragons, who practice just down the street from our house, gave me an opportunity to talk to my boys about the importance of humility.

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My 10-year-old son runs from math like it's wielding a machete and wearing a goalie mask. And I wasn't so different when I was a kid. 

 
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Every day I excavate my Twitter feed in search of the right balance of intelligence, facts and insight into this Israeli/Palestinian/Hamas conflict. But this obsession has been closing me off from my family during our beach vacation.

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I admit it — I envy those suburban basements and high-quality public schools and expansive backyards. But that's where my jealousy ends when I think about all the advantages of city life.

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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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