Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

On Sunday I had to select my first choice dates for my oldest son's Bar Mitzvah — in 2017.  Is it really true that I have to think about this before my nine-year-old even knows the Hebrew alphabet?

My husband and I model neat behavior every day. But our boys don’t seem to notice, a blindside that enrages me because I have to repeatedly issue the same clean-up orders. 

I know I would love celebrating you, Sukkot. But you do seem like a lot of work. 


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.


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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