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STARTING AT A FAIRLY early age, one of my sons decided that walking from the car to anywhere was much more efficient if you groaned all of the way. On the other hand, faced with a “hike”, he could go for miles. The challenge of climbing something is great fun if someone is not telling you to be careful or ... Read More »


My grandchildren, ages 3 and 4, were at my house and heard someone use the word “party pooper.” If you have any experience with preschoolers, you know that this is the best word ever. It is a legitimate word, you can use it to describe people, and it contains the word “poop.” Fifteen minutes of laughter, teasing each other and ... Read More »

Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah is a fun, minor holiday with lots of activities to involve even the youngest children.  It is also a great time to develop unique family traditions. Each night we light the Hanukkah candles. Some families light one Hanukkah menorah and others will light one hanukiah for each family member. You can make each night special with a different latke ... Read More »

Entertaining Children


  THIS MONTH’S JLIFE theme is arts and entertainment. We are blessed to live in an area that has a wide array of museums and formal events geared toward children of all ages. However, there are times we need to step back and think about what it means to “entertain” children. Children have a natural curiosity about the world around ... Read More »

New Beginnings

I remember the anticipation of starting school again in the fall. There was excitement about seeing friends again and getting all those new school clothes as one inevitably had a summer growth spurt. There was a little nervousness about meeting a new teacher. There was some relief that the overly long summer vacation was over and a routine would again ... Read More »

Passover Survival Hints

It all begins with a question. “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Inherent in the question is the idea that when a child comes to dinner that night, there is something that is not part of the usual routine. Passover is the ultimate in home family holiday, so the preparation and celebration of the holiday make a ... Read More »

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