Self-esteem effects so much more than just a child’s personality. Self-esteem is one of those cyclical things. With great self-esteem tends to come confidence in their school work. With confidence in their work comes good grades. With good grades comes… high self-esteem! It is a magical thing. It can be a painful thing to watch if your little one is not as self-confident as they should be, and it can have some pretty negative consequences. So what can you do to boost their confidence?
By Paula-Elizabeth Jordan I was inspired to write this article when I had free day in that I planned to go to London to do whatever I could for the Families of Grenfell Tower. After seeing and hearing about it on the news and bursting into floods of tears every time I decided that I had [...]
Beth El Temple Women’s Network, in partnership with the Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival, Early Childhood Center and Family Room, Solomon Schechter Day School, Mikveh Bess Israel, Pearl Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Hadassah Greater Hartford and Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood, Presents: Nurture The Wow: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice with Danya Ruttenberg The work of parenting--and living in connection with [...]
Our family holds to a certain faith tradition but my child is curious about her friend’s religious beliefs. How should I feel and act? If we are honest, we as parents may have a number of contradictory thoughts and feelings on the topic of interfaith interaction. We want our children to be positive and [...]
May I talk to you about trees? Autumn is the season of the trees, especially in New England. Usually on my morning commute, those wooden giants that have endured for decades through changing weather and city development get hardly a glance. Then the autumn season arrives and so do the colors - yellow, [...]
“Daaad, not another lame speech about hidden meanings. It’s just a cool movie.” I’m a parent that works hard to avoid that response in the form of an eye roll. I also want to use current interests to connect faith to real life with my kids. The idea is to have something fun [...]
by Tobey Aubert “And this doesn't strike you as kinda' dumb?” “We're family, we're gonna be doing lots of dumb stuff together. Wait 'til Christmas.” Thus replies that greatest of sages, Tommy Callahan, from the classic 90’s comedy, Tommy Boy.  Whatever our faith tradition, when the holiday season arrives there are moments we may [...]