Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

I made my first attempt at cooking brisket for our Rosh Hashanah dinner this year, aiming to create a recipe that would bind to my sons' memories of the holiday just like my late aunt's brisket is bound to my own.  


This week, I got a triple dose of my youngest son's yetzer hara, the evil side of his impressive iron will. 


I often swap terrible mothering tales with my friends, mostly to receive kind reassurance that I am not, in fact, Medea. But why are we so much more reluctant to share the stories about when we do something great?


Oh, summer, I miss you already. My Google calendar, so sparse in August, is now a pastel-hued collage of overlapping events. 


I feel like I'm at the point where I can admit that I'm over pretending to be into unremarkable things my boys try to show me, especially unremarkable things that I've seen 48 times.



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.

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