Why Is My Child Acting This Way?

Adolescence is a transitional time in which teenagers move from childhood into adulthood. The psychological and physical changes that occur during this period alter their view of themselves, their family, their friends and the world around them. They don’t want to be seen as children, but instead, they desire to be viewed as adults. They… Read More

By George

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I knew it would be George. I joked after the birth of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Cambridge, “I’m thinking David, after Diana. King David has a nice ring to it.” Joking because not only is David not a traditional British royal name, there is no way the Queen would allow the third in… Read More

Saying ‘I Love You’

When husbands and wives communicate their love for each other on a daily basis, they strengthen the foundation of their marriage. The expression “I love you” contains only three words, but for some spouses, it is hard to articulate these words. One of my clients stated, “My spouse knows how I feel, why do I… Read More

Ask Mesila: Teach your children how to handle money

Q: My 10-year-old daughter recently earned about $200 by helping at a day camp. To her, it seems like a fortune. She now wishes to use that money to buy herself extra junk food and the things she claims all of her friends have. It kills me to see her squandering her money, but she… Read More

Keeping Jewish Teens Involved

For many Jewish teens, the culmination of their involvement in Judaism comes at the age of 12 or 13 when they read their Torah portion and celebrate at their bar or bat mitzvah party. While some teens will go on to complete confirmation classes and may be involved with a Jewish youth group, many will… Read More

New series provides support and best practices

In this millennium, parents are facing challenges their own parents could hardly have imagined. Whether it is texting, time management, tantrums or toilet training, being a parent, and adjusting to a child’s ever-changing developmental needs, has always been a shock to the system. Most parents can benefit tremendously from expert advice and the opportunity to… Read More

Building A Peaceful Home

Healthy marriages make healthy children I believe that most couples get married wanting and believing that their relationship will be filled with shalom, peace. But couples inevitably have conflicts that cause strife in their relationship. The days of fun dates and the honeymoon can turn into the daily grind of cleaning, cooking and changing diapers.

Start Making Memories

“By the big red barn In the great green field, There was a pink pig, Who was learning to squeal.” Those are the opening lines from “Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown. There was something about this book that I loved. Loved it more than Brown’s more famous “Goodnight Moon.” Even now, when I… Read More

Letter From The Past

I pulled the hand-addressed envelope from my mail tray at work. Spying the name above the return address, I said, “Oh my goodness. I just got a letter from my second-grade teacher!” The stationery was bordered with pale pink and blue flowers set apart from the open writing space with a lavender ribbon (not an… Read More

Positive Messages

Healthy marriages make healthy children A continual dialogue is being played out in your mind. Sometimes you are not aware of this dialogue, but your thoughts can bring you happiness, sadness, anxiety, anger and/or fear. You decide if your thoughts will be positive or negative. You also have a dialogue playing about your spouse (or… Read More