This is a guest post written by my friend Adina of Parenting Simply. If you ever find yourself struggling with parenting (and what mom or dad among us could answer no to that?!), you will definitely want to check out Adina’s site. She has incredible articles and online webinars to teach us all to be the kind of parents we want to be — and our kids deserve.
It is summer and hopefully a time where we can slow down a bit from our busy and hectic schedules.
No more homework, lots of outdoor play, and less structure and chilled bedtimes.
It is a time when we can be more focused on the way we parent. It can also be a time where we can impart our Jewish values to our kids in a relaxed way.
As Jewish parents we know that we are blessed to have such a rich heritage. We have access to the Torah, Mishnah, Talmud and thousands of other holy books, filled with so much wisdom. It is only natural for us to look to our religion for ways to raise our children.
My Judaism has always been an anchor for me and even more so now that I am a Mom. It gives shape and rhythm to my sometimes, chaotic world.
From my Jewish education I have learned the value of family, commitment, doing good deeds, making the world a better place and so much more.
When I think of my Jewish values, I know that I want to my children to espouse them. According to our tradition, we are encouraged to emulate G-d by being strong, grateful, putting others needs above our own, and practice charity and lovingkindness.
Resilience, gratitude, Loving our neighbors, charity and lovingkindness are the mainstays of a Jewish home. Modern psychology has backed up what we have known for years — that these are the true keys to happiness, emotional health, and stability.
Kids who are raised with these values grow up to be more resilient, responsible, and independent.
Join us for a 4-week webinar series, as we explore these basic Jewish values and learn simple yet innovative ways to share and teach them to our children:
Wednesday, July 10, 9-10PM EST: Strength: Inner resolve and courage. A glimpse into what makes kids resilient and responsible.
Wednesday, July 17, 9-10PM EST:Gratitude: Being happy with what you’ve got. Teaching kids to appreciate what they have.
Wednesday, July 24, 9-10PM EST:Loving your Neighbor.It starts at home. Teaching siblings to get along.
Wednesday, July 31, 9-10PM EST:Charity/Lovingkindness: An exploration into true giving. Children can learn to be responsible members of their community.
The cost of these webinars is $12 each of $40 for all four.
Exclusively for KOAB readers, you can save $5 off the entire series when you register and use the coupon code JSUMMER. Please note that this code is valid only on all four parts of the series.
Adina Soclof works as a Parent Educator for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau facilitating “How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk” workshops as well as workshops based on “Siblings Without Rivalry.” Adina also runs the website ParentingSimply.com and is available for speaking engagements.