Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

I don't believe in hiding death or mourning from my kids, a subject I had to revisit last week when my husband's grandfather passed away. 

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My kids have two speeds: impatience and slow motion, whichever is the most frustrating for the given situation.

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I don't insult my children, yet they've gotten in the habit of tearing themselves down when things don't go their way. How can I stop them from turning to this negative self-talk? 

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I can fill an entire blog post with all the things my two kids don't want to do.

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I couldn't help silently judging a family I saw in a restaurant who let their young kids plug headphones into their iPads, oblivious to the outside world, while they ate dinner. 

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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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