Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Kislev 6, 5777

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

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


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


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. 


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. 



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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