Friday, December 2, 2016 Kislev 2, 5777

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

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.


For some crazy reason, I thought my boys would take to snowboarding better than skiing during our recent winter break trip to the Poconos.


Since my boys love comedy, I've adopted a fairly lax policy on allowing them to hear skits with curse words — but it seems to be working out so far.


The recent media coverage surrounding sexual assault on college campuses reminded me that teaching my sons not to violate women is a lesson I will never shy away from. 


I'd like to think that while my sons watch me search for whatever they have lost, they'll absorb the proper way to "look" for things. But I have serious doubts that this will ever happen.



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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