Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger

For as long as I can remember, my 7-year-old has been afraid of volcanos. So I found it surprising when he asked to visit the Pompeii exhibit at The Franklin Institute. 

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Because of my experiences being teased as a timid kid, I've coached my sons not to apologize for being who they are. But sometimes I still catch myself worrying about their boisterous personalities as if I were looking at them through the eyes of my old classmates. 

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My boys are fidgety, forgetful, goofy, distracted, impulsive and many more adjectives that some may judge as problematic. But aren't these also the traits of boys just being boys?

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When I discovered that my kids had no idea what Purim was, I placated my very loud Jewish guilt by giving them my own Hebrew school lesson during Tuesday's dinner. 

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After the giving tide of my son's 10th birthday receeded, I steeled myself for the usual resistance to writing thank-you cards. To my surprise, he sat down and wrote them without a single complaint.

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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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