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Jodi's Blog – September 2011 Archive (4)

When We Parent Our Children, We Parent Ourselves

Last night we had our monthly Metroimma call with Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, author of Raising a Child with Soul.

 

The questions raised around the theme of back to school were diverse including bullying, getting our kids to talk, parents talking to teachers, self esteem, school rules and rewards. I moderate the questions and, at one point, I exclaimed, "Wow, being a parent is so complicated!" and Slovie responded, "When we parent our children, we parent…

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Added by Jodi on September 27, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Getting it All Done in a Day

A common question I'm asked is, “How do you get it all done?”  People always want to know how I achieve so much.  Ironically, I feel I don’t do as much as I want. I will, however, try to share some of my tips. First, I'm big on lists.  In fact, everyone in my life gets a list.  My husband, my nanny, Anais, who helps me out with JICNY, and Alan, my partner in jdeal and…

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Added by Jodi on September 19, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Discipline Philosophy

Temira, age seven, recently said, "Imma, some of my friends think you and Abba are very strict but I don't think so. I think it helps us be well-behaved and then we get to do other things other kids don't."

 

Intrigued, I asked her to explain which "other things" she was referring to. She went on to give me various examples of how we take them to restaurants, take them out really late and travel a lot.  She is correct.  We have never had to say we cannot go to a restaurant with…

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Added by Jodi on September 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries

Let's say you love cherry pie but hate the pits and your mom says, "I baked delicious pie but forgot to remove the pits."  She then offers you a whole pie with pits or some small pieces from a previous pie without. This is the perfect analogy for our family's travel philosophy.

 

Many people we know prefer to take one high-end trip a year with all the bells and whistles. Taking a family of five to an upscale Pesach program probably costs just about the same as our travel budget…

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Added by Jodi on September 1, 2011 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

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