Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Lately, our oldest son has been doing everything in his power to sabotage what is left of our rapidly shrinking evening grownup time by coming downstairs to interrupt our catch-up talks and R-rated television. 

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Punishments rarely prevent a repeat performance of my youngest son's bad behaviors and I'm starting to wonder if this is a failure of mine or a problem with him.

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When it comes to sugar consumption in my house, I feel like I am running a methadone clinic. 

 
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At the suggestion of a child therapist girlfriend, I tried a new strategy to help my 8-year-old exorcise his "angries."

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During the Days of Awe this year, I have been thinking a lot about how I continue to forgive my defiant 8-year-old for the same infractions, over and over again. 

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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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