Friday, May 22, 2015 Sivan 4, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

I was so sure that switching my oldest son to a new school was the right thing to do, until his pleading — and my gut — changed my mind. 


A recent bout of fights with my almost 11-year-old son got me worried that he's already starting to distance himself from me. 


In my world, experiences with anti-Semitism are uncommon. But after a recent comment that my friend's daughter heard, I thought it was time to prepare my boys in case they ever face such prejudices.


For those of you who think your young child will outgrow the bedtime protest, I am here to tell you that it's not likely. 


When my oldest son recently came home with a story about a fight at school, I discovered that explaining the difference between sharing something that happened with a friend and gossiping about something that happened is a delicate distinction.



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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