Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

I don't know much about Catholic saints. But here's why I believe in St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost things.

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Since writing about my reluctant role as argument mediator between my sons, I have made a point of not intervening and watched these tiffs devolve into physical violence.

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What lies parenting books tell, what fantasies they peddle. Except for one: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, which actually has helped me use Jewish teachings to raise more self-reliant kids. 

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Here's a sample of the arguments I've had to mediate over the last few days, one of my least favorite "mom jobs." 

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On our last night of a memorable family vacation in Florida, my older son devoured a meal that wasn't smothered in chocolate or shaped like a breaded chicken paddle. I swear I almost shed tears. 

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Profile

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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