December in the Interfaith House: Holidays Everywhere!

  Oh, December has arrived! With it comes the holiday season. For most people this means one holiday, but not in our home. This Sunday starts Chanukah and we will be celebrating as a family, and then for 7 subsequent nights after that we will light the menorah and give gifts. Every Jew reading this …

Parenting With Depression: The Longest Season

I am depressed. It’s 2017 and mental health is not supposed to be taboo anymore, yet for some reason, I would be lying if I said I didn’t still carry some shame even admitting that. I know that scientifically it’s a chemical imbalance, and I can’t just snap out of it at will. I’ve known that …

Kids Are Natural Protesters: Show Them How

My daughter tells a lot of stories that involve ants doing things. She just really thinks ants are cool. So yesterday, my wife finally asked her why she likes ants so much. Her response was simply “Ants are little, but when they work together they can lift really big things!” Her explanation made me smile because …

Five Lessons To Teach Our Kids At Home

As parents, we are the beginning point of our child’s education. They look up to us, mimic us, and shape their worldview through our lens. Obviously, there are many other influences, and as they grow they will develop their own opinions. However, those opinions will be heavily based on the lessons and behaviors they learn …

What Do We Do When The Grown Ups Are Behaving Badly?

It’s been a while since I’ve wrote something. I’ve been feeling a little drained lately, and I’m sure it’s a combination of many things. However, I would be lying if I didn’t blame a little piece of it on the current political climate. Especially the election that is looming over our heads. Don’t worry, this …

The 5 Same Conversations Every Parent is Having With Their Kids…

My wife and I took our daughter to a kids theme park last weekend. She had a lot of fun, and apparently cannot get enough roller-coasters or thrill rides in her little four year old life, granted they were kiddo sized rides, but those spinning turtles were more intense than I expected… As we were wandering …

3 Frustrating Views of Dads and Fatherhood

There have been a lot of articles that talk about gender roles, mom’s role, dad’s role, dinner rolls, etc. A lot of positive change has come from these discussions, and men have benefited a lot from it as well. Dad’s no longer have to be the stoic, hard as a rock figure of the mid 1900’s. …