Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

I can fill an entire blog post with all the things my two kids don't want to do.

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I couldn't help silently judging a family I saw in a restaurant who let their young kids plug headphones into their iPads, oblivious to the outside world, while they ate dinner. 

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For my family, keeping kosher has never been on the table, so to speak, and I doubt it ever will be.

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In the middle of his own present season, my Jewish kid with the Hebrew name drew a picture of Christmas for my husband. 

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After years of resisting, I allowed relatives to buy my boys iPod Touches for Chanukah. Unfortunately, these devices didn't come with directions on teaching children how to live with and without them. 

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Profile

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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