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I recently went through a very stressful time. A combination of challenges and stressful events colluded to dent my polished things that made the “Supermom” facade. I felt like an elastic band about to snap.
In the last few months we had a major flood from a burst pipe in our apartment, followed by a renovation that required us to move out. Gavin started a new job requiring him to travel almost every week. I am still figuring out life in Israel which is a huge stress for me.…Continue
We all have seen the damage that a fractured parent-child relationship can cause. The long-term negative effects of physical or emotional deprivation can be disastrous for a child. But, in my experience dealing with singles and the singles crisis, it is also a problem to give our kids too much. Our children are more than loved, they…Continue
Added by Jodi on May 26, 2019 at 10:23am — No Comments
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It’s amusing to see people’s reactions when they see me after a long time? I look different as I have lost a lot of weight.
People ask me all the time how I lost weight. I eat a lot of protein bars and drink protein shakes. I significantly reduced my junk food intake - I was a junk foodaholic and yes, a wineaholic as well.
A few years ago I was invited to a book launch for a book called The Secret of Skinny Chicks. I never read the book as I could sum it up in 1…
Added by Jodi on February 13, 2019 at 4:01pm — No Comments
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The end of summer is peak time for new Olim arriving in Israel and I am reminded that I promised part 2 of my blog “101 things I Wish I Knew before I Made Aliyah”
I often wonder how previous generations made it in Israel. I am not talking about the idealistic pioneers who drained the swamps, survived war, lived without air conditioning, endured shortages while the miracle of the State was becoming a reality. I think of the people just five years before us who made aliya without…
Added by Jodi on October 3, 2018 at 6:33am — No Comments
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I have just finished a five-week journey to Thailand, Australia and Myanmar with my three children traveling without my husband. I admit that it’s not common for an Orthodox Jewish woman to travel to exotic locations with three kids one of which has special needs. If you think you are surprised you should see what the locals think to see a white woman on her own with three kids. We travel to see the locals and in the end we are as much the entertainment for the…Continue
Added by Jodi on July 23, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments
Several weeks ago, we were invited to an adults-only BBQ. It was Lag B’Omer when every teenager in Israel is out until 3am and there were no babysitters in the whole country. We declined the invitation because we knew it would be impossible to find a babysitter and our older kids would be out all night but our friend insisted we come and allowed an exception to the no-kid rule so for Caila because she is so well behaved.
Added by Jodi on June 27, 2018 at 7:33am — No Comments
לפני מספר שבועות הוזמנו למדורת ל"ג בעומר שתוכננה למבוגרים בלבד. …
Added by Jodi on June 27, 2018 at 7:33am — No Comments
My kids think I am crazy. Probably also quirky, obsessive and a scatter brain. I guess I am all of these!
Those of you who know me probably think of me as a responsible, capable and passionate person who can do whatever she puts her mind to. Those who know me a little more know that I am actually quite shy, and I really have to leave my comfort zone to be a public personality. I guess I am like a musician who can perform on stage in front of a crowd even though…
Added by Jodi on April 17, 2018 at 3:30am — No Comments
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I have this mental vision of Caila’s days at school - it’s of someone standing on tipped toes and stretching their arms out. The person does this for hours on end. I am pretty sure this describes Caila’s experience trying to keep up in an inclusion environment.
Many professionals have told us over the years that Caila should also engage with people who have special needs as well. Twice a week she attends an afternoon program with kids who mainly have Down…
Added by Jodi on February 7, 2018 at 3:55pm — No Comments
The past few weeks have been busy for my children and all their peers involved in the Bnei Akiva Youth Movement. My kids eagerly wait for Chodesh Irgun - the month when the leadership transitions to the next group of 15 year old madrichim. The whole month is defined by fun activities and the culmination of this excitement and sleep deprivation is a big weekend that goes from Thursday night to Sunday morning.
Our local Bnei Akiva recently started a group for people with special needs…Continue
Added by Jodi on November 27, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I have always been a working mom. I went back to work when my first child was 6 weeks old. I worked literally until my second child was born. I was so adamant to finish a project that Gavin sat in my office in Manhattan timing my contractions and we went straight to the hospital and I answered emails on my blackberry a few hours post birth.…
Added by Jodi on November 6, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I started writing this blog August in Cuba and we are now in Czech Republic and the same ideas resurfaced.
Street child or rich kid? Communist or capitalist? Living in war torn terror or an American life of pleasure?…Continue
Added by Jodi on October 15, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Street child or rich kid? Communist or capitalist? Living in war torn terror or an American life of pleasure?
We landed in Cuba last month and the scene at the old dilapidated airport is straight out of the movies. Hundreds of happy Cuban's are waiting to greet loved ones. Many are seeing relatives…Continue
Added by jo on October 10, 2017 at 1:53am — No Comments
ביקשתי כיסא מאוד ספציפי בבית הכנסת. כיסא במעבר אבל עם קו תצפית לחלון.
אני צריכה שתהיה לי אפשרות להשגיח על קיילה, בתי בת ה-9 עם תסמונת דאון, כשהיא משחקת
תמירה, בתי השנייה, בת ה-15, מחליפה איתי משמרות שמירה על קיילה כל 15 דקות, לכן אנו
זקוקות לגישה נוחה אל חצר בית הכנסת.
בכל פעם שהבטתי החוצה מהחלון, ליבי יצא אל קיילה. היא עמדה או ישבה לבד, והפנים שלה נראו
עצובות כל כך. התפקוד של קיילה גבוה במיוחד…
Added by Jodi on October 6, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments
I requested a very specific seat in shul - an aisle seat but in line with the window. I need to be able to keep an eye on Caila, who is 9 years old with Down syndrome, while she plays outside. Temira, my other daughter who is 13 and I take turns every 15 minutes to go check on Caila and so we need easy access in and out.
Every time I looked out the window my…Continue
Added by Jodi on October 1, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Caila finished second grade in Israel this week. School has always been challenging for us. Integrating a child in a regular class is hard work. From fighting our way into schools, convincing the schools that Caila has a right to be there, teaching the schools about inclusion and finding the right support staff and professionals. That's just the beginning you then need to deal with curriculum modification, behavior strategies, social integration strategies and educating the administration,…Continue
Added by Jodi on June 28, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments