Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Getting my youngest to break his thumb-sucking habit in kindergarten was surprisingly easy. But now, six months later, he's back at it. Have I enabled him by trusting that he will give it up when he is ready? 

Here's the story of the Yom Kippur I will never forget. I was 15 and absentmindedly broke the fast early with a few corn chips.

Maxon came home from his first day at Hebrew school with teeth stained from water ice and friends at his side. He won't admit it, but it seems like he maybe actually had a good time.

In our new parenting blog, join Jennifer Raphael in the adventures of raising two boys. Today, it's time for her oldest to start Hebrew school. Again.
I have this son, Ezra. He is inexhaustible, even on vacation. 


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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