Interesting Links: Dress Codes, Childless Jews, Israel Trip

I hope you will enjoy today's selection of links. Interested in visiting Israel? The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project writes: We offer highly subsidized trips to Israel for Jewish Women 30-55 to INSPIRE THEM.  Our missions run from June through November. "If you inspire a woman, you inspire a … [Read more...]

Gan for English Speakers: Yes or No?

A reader wonders whether he and his wife should send their children to an English speaking gan: We are at a point where we need to place our first son into gan (preschool) next year.  We are trying to decide whether to put him in an English-speaking gan for the first few years, and then in a … [Read more...]

Getting Enough Sleep without “Crying It Out”

After I commented on Chana Jenny Weisberg's post 3 Surefire Ways to Get Babies and Toddlers to Sleep,— Chana invited me to respond in a guest post. Please visit Getting Enough Sleep without "Crying It Out." Chana publishes a weekly newsletter and is famous for her video "pep-talks" for … [Read more...]

Emotional Deficits, Matchmaking, Advocacy and More

I hope you'll enjoy today's collection of links. My good friend Anne, famous for taking the Burka pictures that got me started on the topic of hyper-tzniut, has begun her own blog for Israel advocacy known as Anne's Opinions.  Born in London, Anne has strong feelings about the British … [Read more...]

Tu B’Shevat, Tiger Parenting, Chesed Meals, and Israeli Budgeting

I had too much to say about some of  the articles I had planned to include, so I pulled them out for separate posts.  Look for them in the next few days. Never miss a post: Sign up for email updates via Feedblitz. Tu BeShevat begins tonight. Read about some of the myths of the … [Read more...]

Sending Sick Children to School: New Guidelines by Israeli Pediatric Association

The Israeli Pediatric Association has issued new guidelines about sending kids to school or daycare when they are sick. We all know there are some parents who let their sick kids infect everyone else. There are also gananot (kindergarten teachers) who send children home over minor issues. With their … [Read more...]

Being Polite Earns You More Money in Israel

The Israeli business magazine Globes reports on a connection between high salaries and politeness: Polite Israelis earn more A JIMS survey found no correlation between education and politeness. Yossi Nissan A survey conducted among Israelis ahead of Yom Kippur has found that politeness pays. … [Read more...]

An Insider’s View of Tipat Chalav

"Nurse Yachne" shared the following in response to the post on Tipat Chalav: What Parents Need to Know. Tipat Chalav (well-baby clinic) policies are often imposed top-down.  About twelve years ago when I was a school nurse, we all held meetings together with the Tipat Chalav nurses. A decision … [Read more...]

Getting Your Kids to Help with Pesach Cleaning

Image by Chiot's Run via Flickr Passover is coming and we need all the help we can get. Sometimes we forget why kids should be involved in the Passover preparations. They're learning important skills. They're learning about the holiday. Even the most resistant children want to feel … [Read more...]

Cyber-Bullying, Teens and Facebook

Image via CrunchBase The other night I went to a talk at my daughter's high school by Dr. Meyran Boniel-Nissim. Boniel-Nissim is a Haifa University researcher on teen internet usage  and its psycho-social connotations. In the old days, teens had to get out of the house to get into trouble. … [Read more...]