Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

All last week, we didn't hear any complaints of any sort from our two sons, thanks to my husband's brilliant No-Kvetching Challenge.

 
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These last few weeks I have sensed anti-Israel sentiment more acutely than I ever have, so I decided it was time to give my 10-year-old a primer on the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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When I call myself Uber Mom these days, I am not referring to my superlative worthy skills as a mother. I am referring to the fact that I am an Uber taxi.

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This week, I witnessed my 10-year-old letting go of his usual social inhibitions as he dove right in to a basketball day camp. And it was pretty cool.

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It's rare that America's Got Talent gets me thinking philosophically about parenting, but the 12-year-old Jewish boy who told off-color stand-up jokes got to me.

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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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