Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

In the middle of his own present season, my Jewish kid with the Hebrew name drew a picture of Christmas for my husband. 

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After years of resisting, I allowed relatives to buy my boys iPod Touches for Chanukah. Unfortunately, these devices didn't come with directions on teaching children how to live with and without them. 

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In the beginning of my son's relapse, he was only sucking his thumb at night.  Now, he's doing it pretty much everywhere except school.

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My 7-year-old asks who Jesus Christ is, insists that Poseidon is the real son of God and explains that he prays to a Tolkien Elf Queen God who gives out iPhones. 

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The best part of having Chanukah in November this year: I have yet to hear a syllable of Christmas jealousy from my kids and I've already planned out themes for all eight nights.

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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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