Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Since the weather broke, we've been allowing our sons to ride their bikes around our city neighborhood but I worry that someone might call the cops on me for the perceived lack of parental supervision.

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Mother's Day doesn't care a whit about you — just ask her. I did when I recently ran into her at Paper Source. 

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For as long as he's been alive, I have carried my youngest son, who is now 8, up the stairs to bed. But one of these nights, I'm going to have to say goodbye to this ritual.

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I'm hoping my 8-year-old's fascination with this computer game — and videos of adults playing it — will be just a phase.

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Doing my sons' laundry has become something of a meditation as I sort through the clothes that reflect their choices and personalities.

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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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