Archive - February 2015

[Interview] How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

Ever heard of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk? It was one of the treasures I came across as a teenager, when I discovered the psychology/self help shelf at the bookstore one day on the way back home from school. It was the late 80s, and Hebrew literature in this field was almost non-existent. While in America every other person had a shrink, the idea of going to therapy was frowned upon by Israeli society which was still somewhat busy toughening itself only a few decades after the Holocaust. But I was in love; absolutely[…]

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How to Not Worry About Your Kids for One Day

5 years ago, while I was pregnant with my 6th child, I volunteered to participate in an experiment. The researchers wanted to check if there’s any correlation between the mother’s childhood traumas and the gender of a newborn, so they followed pregnant mothers from the second trimester through the baby’s birth. I didn’t last for long… On our first phone meeting, the researcher asked me whether I ever experience any anxiety. Me? I answered proudly. Not me! I believed I was telling the truth and nothing but the truth, but they knew I was in denial. I wasn’t the right[…]

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Your Answer to This Question Will Tell You if You Are Really Present With Your Kids

Friday night last week I shared an idea I had for UpsideDown Parenting with my husband, who is also my partner in UP. My husband, who is usually eager to hear about anything I come up with, was clearly impatient this time. When I was done talking, he told me a parable about a chicken who runs back and forth between two neighboring farms, and can’t seem to decide where she belongs. The chicken, of course, represents me in this case. And the 2 farms are the hustle and bustle of the weekdays vs. the “weekend”. It was his gentle[…]

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What Parenting Books Lack That I Had To Figure Out On My Own

The other day I was looking online for hearty, simple recipes to add to my kids’ lunch menu. I came across a whole category titled “Cook With Only Five Ingredients”, which I happily clicked on. Turns out that even in the field of free, online recipes you need to look for the “small letters” on the bottom. Because almost every recipe called for no less than 6 ingredients. It was those naughty “Pantry Staples”- the salt & spices, the oil, the lemon and vinegar. Yes, in the cooking world some things just go without saying. And I sat there wondering—what[…]

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