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6 Dec, 2023
Welcome to another episode of The Jews Next Dor dedicated to child safety. In this segment, we'll engage in role-playing scenarios to explore various conversations we ought to have with our children about their bodily autonomy and safety. We're joined by the experts in this area: Mrs. Debbie Fox, Founder of Magen Yeladim Child Safety Institute Dr. Shloimie Zimmerman, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, the Founder of Child and Adult Psychological Services PLLC, and the speaker and consultant in child development, education, abuse prevention, and trauma. 00:00 Intro 03:28 Creating a natural atmosphere for conversation 13:51 The importance of conversation about private parts 21:37 The examples of role-playing 26:05 How to react if kids are playing games including body parts? 33:15 Can kids bathe together? 37:56 Red flag and yellow flag areas 41:47 When and how to advance the conversation? 48:59 Following safety rules and exceptions 55:10 How to explain that touching is never a secret? 1:00:07 The consequences of not talking to children about this topic 1:03:22 Conversations about sleepovers and camps 1:06:49 Developmental stages and maintaining boundaries 1:14:00 Differences between talking to girls and boys 1:21:35 How to talk to parents when the topic is awkward? 1:28:30 The final message Follow us! Gen Aleph Website - genaleph.org Twitter - twitter.com/yairmenchel IG - instagram.com/parentingthejewsnextdor YT - https://www.youtube.com/@TheJewsNextDor/
How can Yaakov Avinu, known for his incredible emunah, be so afraid of Esav? The answer is an important lesson for all parents. Enjoy and good Shabbos!
Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas, acheinu bnai yisrael throughout the world wait anxiously for promising news regarding the health, safety and welfare of our brothers […]Read More
Parenting is a lonely job. It can bring up deep feelings of helplessness, powerlessness and unworthiness. We don’t talk about this enough and when we don’t talk about our shame, […]Read More
Last week I had the distinct privilege of attending a two day IFS (Internal Family Systems) parenting training seminar taught by the world renowned Dr. Einat Borenstein. IFS makes the […]Read More
In a fascinating interview on Meaningful Minute, trauma expert and founder of Our Place, Sonny Perlman (shout out another old school Far Rockaway family!), gave language to what so many […]Read More
This month is safety awareness month at GenAleph.org. One of the most important, but often overlooked aspects of keeping children is safe, is to make sure that they have a […]Read More
Helping Parents Respond and Cope with their Children’s Thoughts Regarding the Current War in Israel: Select Resources and References Dr. Chaim Botwinick, Ed.D […]Read More
On September 6th 1970, TWA flight 741, was hijacked by the PFLP, a Palestinian terrorist organization, to Jordan. Among others, the plane was carrying Rav Yitzchok Hutner zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva […]Read More
Dear parents, These are beyond difficult times. For everyone. For those living in Chutz La’aretz there is a real feeling of helplessness and wanting to do more as the threat […]Read More
“Is it wrong that I feel afraid? I feel like if I had more Emunah I wouldn’t be afraid.” In one form or another parents and educators have been fielding […]Read More
It has been a week since the horrific terror attacks in Southern Israel. In that time not only have we seen the mobilization of our armed forces but also an […]Read More
24 Aug, 2023
In this podcast episode featuring Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, the importance of social bias, alignment in parent-child relationships, and the challenges of modern parenting are explored. Slovie discusses her new book's themes of purposeful parenting, gratitude, and unity. She highlights the significance of trust, genuine connections, and technology's role in child development. The episode touches on the missing aspects in today's parenting, the roles of fathers and mothers in Yiddishkeit, and techniques for nurturing leadership skills. The takeaway emphasizes creating compassionate, purpose-driven homes that nurture each child's potential and inspire the future generation through patient and dedicated parenting. [0:00] Unmasking the Significance of Social Bias [1:32] Igniting Creativity: The Spark Behind This Book [7:28] Behind the Scenes: Tackling the Toughest Chapter [13:37] Unveiling the Vacation Paradox: Where's the Fun? [16:26] Bridging the Gap: What's Missing in Today's World [22:00] Unlocking Happy Homes: The Ultimate Keychain [28:28] Loyalty: The Unseen Glue Binding Relationships [31:06] Peek into the Future: Decoding Your Children's Actions [34:41] Parental Roles Deconstructed: Father vs. Mother [39:52] Forging Future Leaders: Nurturing Your Children's Leadership Skills Special thanks to Mosaica Press for sponsoring this episode. You can purchase this book, and check out the other amazing books by Mosaica Press at https://mosaicapress.com/product/the-soul-of-parenting
20 Jul, 2023
How can parents help children to appreciate and really tap into the 3 weeks, the 9 days, and ultimately, Tisha B’av? How can parents model mourning when it is difficult for themselves to tap into the mourning?How can parents engage in discussions with their children about loss and create meaningful moments of reflection? Rabbi Larry Rothwachs and Sally Shatzkes answer these questions and much more in this week's episode of the Jews Next Dor, in a special 9 days edition episode. In this podcast, the focus is on guiding children in understanding and processing the loss and mourning of Tisha B'Av. Sally Shatzkes, a playwright and drama therapist at Yeshiva of Flatbush, and Performing Arts Department Head of Camp Morasha, shares her approach to crafting annual plays for Tisha B'Av at the camp. The plays serve as a means for campers to contemplate loss and their roots, moving beyond mere tears. Rabbi Rothwachs explains how these plays build connections between the present and the past, enabling campers to connect with the significance of the Temple's destruction. The conversation delves into how parents can engage in discussions with their children about loss and Jewish history, fostering creative outlets for expression. Rather than having children mourn continuously for 24 hours, the focus is on creating meaningful moments of reflection. It is stressed that children are capable of handling conversations about loss, but parents must first delve into their own feelings of loss to effectively guide their children. Overall, the podcast advocates for using the 9 Days as a time of introspection and spiritual growth, encouraging adults to seize the opportunity to support children in understanding and processing grief while connecting to their heritage. A special thank you to Camp Morasha for sponsoring this episode, and their continuous support of Jewish Education, a central part of their mission. Episode Time Stamps: 0:00 - Tisha B'Av should not be about sad things like the Holocaust or motorcycle accidents 3:08 - Captivating Content: Creating Relevance for Every Audience 9:52 - The Enchanting Evolution: A New Play Every Year! 12:30 - Mirror Magic: What Lies Beyond the Reflection? 18:28- Education Redefined: Sally's Secrets to Engaging Parental Benefits 21:36 - Time Travelers Unite: Embracing History without Losing Touch 28:13 - The Ultimate Answer Revealed! Unlocking Life's Hidden Secrets 31:11- Little Minds, Big Conversations: Navigating Loss with Kids 37:58 - Child's Play: How Kids Triumph over Loss 41:17 - Bereavement Reimagined: Three Weeks of Empowerment 46:05 - Portal to the Past: Bringing History Alive in the Present 49:11 - Beyond Ordinary: Where Past, Present, and Future Collide
14 Jul, 2023
How do we inspiring our children to develop a relationship with Hashem? How do we fight apathy In children? How to help children connect In Tefillah? Welcome to another episode of The Jews Next Dor! Today we have a great opportunity to talk to another amazing guest - Charlie Harary. Charlie Harary is an inspiring and very influential speaker who speaks for schools, universities, and institutions on a variety of topics and to audiences of various sizes and affiliations. He has created dozens of videos that have received worldwide attention reaching hundreds of thousands of people in over 15 countries. Mr. Harary is also the CEO of H3 Capital LLC, a private equity company based in New York. He is an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. He is also a Senior Lecturer for the Orthodox Union, Aish Hatorah and NCSY. Additionally, he is an active community leader. He is the founder and president of Milvado Inc., an organization that develops innovative methods to teach spirituality in relevant and modern ways. He is a member of the Executive Board of the OU as well as the Founding Chairman of its Young Leadership Cabinet. He is also a member of the Conference of Young Jewish Presidents. Time Stamps: [00:00] How did Charlie got involved with Jewish education? [04:49] The confidence comes from HaShem [09:11] Being present as a father [13:27] Taking care of your family first [18:30] The absence from the house because of work [22:16] How does having a father in the spotlight affect children? [25:34] Children and their relationship with HaShem [30:37] Parents’ expectations and the importance of self-awareness [34:25] Everybody has their own path and timing [37:36] If love is conditioned, it’s not real love [39:38] Feeling lucky for getting a Jewish education [45:05] Biggest parenting regrets [47:35] How to fight apathy in kids? [53:15] How to help children connect to Tefillah? This episode is sponsored by Jump Into Shape For most of us, work and family demands take priority over our own health. Building a fitness habit takes effort and commitment. At times we all need some good old-fashioned competition and nudging to get going. That’s where Jump Into Shape comes in. Jump Into Shape is an online fitness program with your needs in mind. With close to 30 classes each week and over 1,400 videos on demand, varying in length from 12 minutes to 30, members can get the workout they need from wherever they are. Jump Into Shape maintains a modest environment and offer numerous women’s only classes. Classes include weighted jump rope, bodyweight, abs, stretch, pilates kickboxing, weights and much more. Plus, Jump Into Shape holds all their members accountable to their fitness goals with a personal touch. There are frequent contests, daily stats, and weekly leaderboards that create a community of healthy competitive and fun. And, the best part - Jump Into Shape offers a FREE 30 days, including the use of 2 weighted jump ropes that retail for $129 and an exercise mat. The FREE 30 days includes unlimited access to live and on-demand classes. Don’t wait: Sign up today at www.jumpintoshape.fun/freemonth
9 Jul, 2023
How to stay calm and control your feelings as a parent? How to teach your children to control their feelings? What are the techniques to rewire children’s brains for desirable behavior? Welcome to another episode of The Jews Next Dor! We are so pleased to have Mrs. Sarah Chana Radcliffe as our guest today. She is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, practicing marriage, parenting, and individual counseling for over 40 years. Mrs. Radcliffe is the author of “No More Ticks”, “Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice”, “Better Behavior Now”, “The Fear Fix”, “Harmony at Home”, and 6 other books on family life and emotional well-being. She is also a weekly columnist and international lecturer, presenting keynotes and workshops on family life and personal stress management. She is the creator of “Daily Parenting Posts” email lists and offers parenting education on her Instagram and Facebook pages. [00:00] How did Sarah got involved with parenting? [01:47] How to provide your kids with the best start in life? [03:41] Managing anger is key to preventing harm [07:26] How to teach kids to control their feelings? [11:13] Express what you want from a child in a calm, short, and specific way [15:20] Two times rule and presenting consequences [17:57] Techniques to wire the child’s brain to cooperation [21:10] Learning positive behavior with rapid wiring of the brain [26:04] How to get a child out of fight-or-flight mode? [27:57] Marriage is a parenting tool [30:33] What should parents do when they are angry? [33:20] Bach flower remedies [38:19] Low self-esteem in children and energy-based techniques [44:00] What to do when a child shuts down? [45:48] Anxiety in children This episode has been sponsored by jKaraoke, a great way to have good kosher family fun singing all of your favorite Jewish songs with karaoke. You can subscribe monthly from just $4.99 or yearly from $49.99, and in honour of their US launch, jKaraoke are now offering their best deal yet! Grab a yearly subscription plus a Karaoke Kit for just $99.99 plus use coupon JewsNextDor for an additional 10% off!! Check out jKaraoke.com today and let the fun begin!
29 Jun, 2023
What does one do if their child is going off the derech? Why is a good attachment with children so important? How to raise strong and resilient children in this day and age? What are the pillars of the core sense of self? Our guest today is Rabbi Shimon Russell, a psychotherapist and a world authority on the challenges of “At-Risk” teens and young adults. His expertise is in the areas of marriage, parenting, education, adolescents, and treatment of unresolved early childhood trauma. He is the author of an amazing book “Raising a Loving Family”, a practical down-to-earth guidance created to help parents navigate the challenges of raising children in today’s turbulent world, which won gold for this year's Benjamin Franklin Award in Psychology. [00:00] What inspired Rabbi Russell to get into the parenting area [06:45] Tough parenting of the post-holocaust era and its consequences [13:24] Equalization of status between children and adults [15:53] Technology made children independent too early [18:28] Adults should create a reality where children feel safe and secure [20:33] Seeing and recognizing the uniqueness of the child [27:05] Soothing and focusing on good attachment [34:42] The role of a parent is to provide resilience [38:25] Setting limits – structure, rules, and discipline [44:24] Two pillars of a core sense of self [52:23] Parents and teachers must be good examples [55:08] Why do kids sometimes go off? [58:38] Parents must overcome their own egos and fight for their child [1:05:25] We have to go back to grassroots *** This episode has been sponsored by jKaraoke, a great way to have good kosher family fun singing all of your favorite Jewish songs with karaoke. You can subscribe monthly from just $4.99 or yearly from $49.99, and in honour of their US launch, jKaraoke are now offering their best deal yet! Grab a yearly subscription plus a Karaoke Kit for just $99.99 plus use coupon JewsNextDor for an additional 10% off!! Check out jKaraoke.com today and let the fun begin!
23 Jun, 2023
How does a parent know when their child is ready for sleepaway camp? How can parent’s teach their children the importance of boundaries in a camp? What are the life lessons a child can learn at summer camp? Welcome to another episode of The Jews Next Dor! This one of our special episodes where we have an opportunity to talk about pre camp, wherein parents can learn how to best prepare their children for a summer camp. We sat down with the incredibly talented and creative Rabbi Natan Farber, the director of Camp Dina and the Director of Student Activities at DRS High School for Boys. 00:00- 03:15 How does a parent know when their child is ready for sleepaway camp? 3:15-07:28 The lessons that these kids learn in sleepaway camp. (10:58) The importance of boundaries in camp. (16:56) The importance of hiring people who are caring and loving in the appropriate way. (19:39) What do you recommend in terms of shabbos food? Do you allow packages? (22:22) Do you have phone calls and camp like friday phone calls? (28:45) How to deal with children who are homesick. 32:15) What are some of the most common reasons kids are unhappy? (35:05) The importance of focusing on the personality of the student. (38:34) The more confident you are in yourself, the easier it is to shut down bullies. (43:33) What are the life lessons learned at summer camp? (46:55) How does a parent prepare their child for taking medication? (50:29) The difference between helicoptering or bulldozing to remove an obstacle. **** This episode has been sponsored by jKaraoke, a great way to have good kosher family fun singing all of your favorite Jewish songs with karaoke. You can subscribe monthly from just $4.99 or yearly from $49.99, and in honour of their US launch, jKaraoke are now offering their best deal yet! Grab a yearly subscription plus a Karaoke Kit for just $99.99 plus use coupon JewsNextDor for an additional 10% off!! Check out jKaraoke.com today and let the fun begin!
19 Jun, 2023
What are our primary parenting goals? How to understand children better? How much do we influence children’s behavior? Welcome to another episode of The Jews Next Dor! We are so excited to talk to Rabbi Gavriel Friedman, an amazing teacher and motivational speaker who has spent the last decade studying and teaching in various Yeshivot throughout Jerusalem. He is currently teaching at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem, where his lectures highlight the entire gamut of Aish programs, including the Discovery Seminar, Jerusalem Fellowships, Executive Learning Center, etc. We are talking about teaching and parenting goals, having empathy and understanding children, and fixing your own problems before you fix others. 01:02 One thing to change in the Jewish education system 03:32 Four things to check when a child misbehaves 05:03 What is our goal as a parent or a teacher? 11:50 Fix yourself before you fix others 13:15 Put yourself in other people’s shoes 18:23 How to practically work on being a better teacher or a parent? 20:55 Preparation is everything 21:48 Relax and allow children to have struggles 23:14 Parents that want to live through their children *** This episode has been sponsored by jKaraoke, a great way to have good kosher family fun singing all of your favorite Jewish songs with karaoke. You can subscribe monthly from just $4.99 or yearly from $49.99, and in honour of their US launch, jKaraoke are now offering their best deal yet! Grab a yearly subscription plus a Karaoke Kit for just $99.99 plus use coupon JewsNextDor for an additional 10% off!! Check out jKaraoke.com today and let the fun begin!
13 Jun, 2023
How does a parent bring out a child's inner convictions? What is the most important goal of a parent? How to be a good parent and a good role model to your child? How to help your child develop a relationship with Hashem? Welcome to another episode of The Jews Next Dor! We have the real pleasure to talk to Rav Ahron Lopiansky about bringing our children to their full potential and the best parenting practices to achieve that goal. Harav Ahron Lopiansky is Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva Gedola of Greater Washington. In addition to giving daily shiurim at the Yeshiva, Rav Lopiansky is sought after as an international lecturer and an accomplished author. His knowledge of the widest array of topics in both Limudei Kodesh and Limudei Chol makes his shiurim all the more inspiring and fascinating. Rav Lopiansky has written a number of seforim in both Hebrew and English as well as a Siddur mefurash. 00:00 Growing up and having a great parenting example 05:04 Letting children find their own way 08:06 The goal of a parent is to bring a child’s potential into reality 15:58 How to help a child willingly accept laws and restrictions 19:50 How to help a child develop a relationship with Hashem 21:35 How to help a child commit to Torah 28:00 Which battles are worth fighting? 32:16 Disciplining a child while maintaining a positive relationship 33:54 Teaching Torah to kids of different ages 36:48 What to consider when choosing a school for your child? 40:01 How to prevent raising spoiled and entitled children? 44:46 How to develop patience as a parent? 47:26 The most important parenting goal 48:52 How to combat apathy? 55:12 The final message *** This episode has been sponsored by jKaraoke, a great way to have good kosher family fun singing all of your favorite Jewish songs with karaoke. You can subscribe monthly from just $4.99 or yearly from $49.99, and in honour of their US launch, jKaraoke are now offering their best deal yet! Grab a yearly subscription plus a Karaoke Kit for just $99.99 plus use coupon JewsNextDor for an additional 10% off!! Check out jKaraoke.com today and let the fun begin!
5 Jul, 2023
"When a child is challenging, it's important to realize that he/she doesn't want to be that way. When a parent/teacher realizes that fact, they will better appreciate that they are working toward the same goal as the child is" Rav Yaakov Neuburger is a Rosh Yeshiva at YU, as well as the Rav of of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, N.J. offers incredible insights like these throughout this exceptional episode. Rav Neuburger is widely regarded as an authority on issues related to marital relationships and the purity of the Jewish home. He offers his services to help young men train for married life and prepare to build a proper Jewish home built on Jewish law and spirit. This episode was my most listened to episode from my other podcast, JEDucation, because so many people value Rav Neuburgers incredible advice, and want to hear any words he has. In this episode we discuss: Who Rav Neuburger's role models were Non-negotiable love When to encourage children to learn The importance of not pushing minyan How to raise children who are less entitled An important approach towards Shalom Bayis How to make Tefillah more accessible And so much more. Enjoy!
9 Mar, 2023
What is unconditional parenting? Why are self-reflection and self-regulation so important? How to build a relationship with your child with respect and trust? Welcome to our first special guest episode. Every once in a while, we will be featuring a special guest, in which we spoke about parenting in a more general way, in a way that is not explicitly part of our parent’s hierarchy of needs, and is more broad in nature, hitting on more topics. For this first special guest episode, we have the opportunity to learn from one of my favorite parenting experts, Blimie Heller, famously known for creating amazing content on her Unconditional parenting Instagram page. Blimie is a mom and a parenting coach, passionate about helping parents build better relationships with their children based on respect and trust. Blimie's topic of expertise is perfectly aligned with our first topic of creating a relationship with one’s child. Blimie explains her parenting journey the psychology behind unconditional parenting, and why trust and respect is is the utmost importance to her, practical advice on understanding a child's behavior, and how we can change our reactions in the moment, and so much more. [00:00] Introduction [01:00] Blimie Heller and her goals as a parenting coach [05:02] The importance of respect and trust [07:30] Children communicate through their behavior [10:12] Unconditional parenting and its practical implementation [15:08] Self-reflection and self-regulation [22:22] The influence of our own childhood experience [28:32] Building your child’s self-confidence [33:13] The impact of technology [36:30] Building a relationship with God [38:30] Practical tips for disciplining children [50:03] Favorite post [51:30] Book recommendation *** This episode has been sponsored by jKaraoke, a great way to have good kosher family fun singing all of your favorite Jewish songs with karaoke. You can subscribe monthly from just $4.99 or yearly from $49.99, and in honour of their US launch, jKaraoke are now offering their best deal yet! Grab a yearly subscription plus a Karaoke Kit for just $99.99 plus use coupon JewsNextDor for an additional 10% off!! Check out jKaraoke.com today and let the fun begin!”
As parents, we have such a difficult job, because we need to parent our children like usual, being there for them, in the usual ways, and in helping them to process and cope with what is going on, each in a way that is appropriate for their age, WHILE we ourselves are struggling. These articles and episodes are great resources to help you with your parenting during this time.
In this first category, we dive into the 3 core things necessary for parents to establish a strong foundation: 1) Building a Relationship with a Child 2) Child Safety 3) Shalom Bayis
At the core of the foundation of parenting is the relationship a parent has with their child. A parent's effectiveness in raising their child is dependent on the level of their relationship, making it the first of our topics. Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world but it takes time and patience to build your relationship with your child, here are our tips to help.
When it comes to the parent's role, building a relationship and child safety go hand-and-hand as the paramount job of the parent. Child safety includes making sure our children are emotionally and physically safe, whether it be from bullies, technology, substances, or sexual or domestic abuse. Learn from the leading experts in each of these fields how to best ensure the safety of your child.
One's marriage is going to be everything when it comes to raising children. A home is the two people building that home, everything stems from shalom bayis.
When it comes to the health of our children, before we speak about healthy food choices, our children need healthy emotional makeup, which requires the right parenting style, self-esteem, and overall emotional health.
When it comes to building a healthy child, the style of parenting we use has great impact. Listen here to learn more about the different styles, and how to implement the right one in your parenting.
In order to build healthy children, we must help our children to be able to navigate the ups and downs of life. As parents, we must role model mental strength, show children how to face fears, teach them emotional regulation skills, and much more. Learn how to do this and much more here.
After developing our child's emotional health, we then turn to our child's healthy eating habits, promoting independence, routines in home life, and social skills.
How do we help our children become independent in their early years? What is fair to expect of our children within bedtime, household chores, free play, and bedtime routines? How does independence change as children grow older and enter new ages and stages?
What role does a parent play in giving over the child morals and values as opposed to one’s teachers? Why is it the parents role? How can parents raise children to be honest? to be respectful? and much more. What does a parent do when a child doesn't have good morals and values, and is chutzpadik? Learn all of this, and much more in this series.
We know the concept of חנוך לנער על פי דרכו - educating a child according to his way, but what does this actually mean? How can a parent bring out a child's potential? How does this process of bringing out a child’s potential change through the different ages and stages of a child? At what stage is it the parents responsibility and at what point does it become the child's? Here are our tips.
How do we ensure that our children will continue on with our traditions? By making sure we set our children up for generational continuity, and raising them in the right community, the final step of our hierarchy.
It's great when our kids listen to us when we ask them to do something. But it's even better when they do what we value even when we don't ask. What is the secret to raising autonomous Jewish children?
We leave in mutli-faceted communities. How do we balance where we want to live with the various - and at times, conflicting - aspects of the community?
Each month, we have a special guest to talk about their parenting experiences, whether as influencers, as authors, etc.
The Jewish Holidays/Chagim are a major part of our religion, and here at GenAleph, we prepare you to give your child the best experience, from A-Z.
In this course, Mrs. Adina Soclof takes us through everything we need to know for building our children's self-esteem, as a tool for protecting our children - special for Child Safety Month. Enjoy!
In this course, Mrs. Adina Soclof takes us through everything we need to engage Elul as a family, to ensure we and our children have the most inspiring and engaging Elul experience. You will be able to access the slides and workbook to go along with the video.
In this course, Dr. Rona Novick, Dean of Azrieli Graduate School, and Clinical Psychologist, takes us through strategies to raise our children to be strong, sensitive, and socially responsible, with a special focus on bullying, Dr. Novick's area of specialty.
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