Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

I'm hoping my 8-year-old's fascination with this computer game — and videos of adults playing it — will be just a phase.


Doing my sons' laundry has become something of a meditation as I sort through the clothes that reflect their choices and personalities.


My husband and I made a pact to try a 30-day diet that I hoped would purify my body. Instead, I ended up feeling umbilically connected to my kitchen, spending so much energy chopping vegetables that I didn't have much left for the kids. 


I was so sure that switching my oldest son to a new school was the right thing to do, until his pleading — and my gut — changed my mind. 


A recent bout of fights with my almost 11-year-old son got me worried that he's already starting to distance himself from me. 



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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