Out Of Bounds

It could start with a pat on the back, a hug, even a high-five. These seemingly innocent gestures, under appropriate circumstances, can serve as encouragement and congratulations for child athletes. But for adults with sinister intentions, these actions can be the springboards into “grooming” the children under their supervision into sexual relationships. “It’s called ‘blurring… Read More

Waving Goodbye To The ‘Summer Of Yes’

Each Year, as summer draws to a close and the school year is upon us, I find myself with bittersweet emotions. I love the way in summertime I can enjoy the company of my children without a report or project looming. The responsibility of homework is replaced by sunscreen and popsicles. Summertime parenting is wonderful… Read More

Preschool Prep

Even Before my son could take his first steps, I tortured myself about when to begin his scholastic journey. Initially, I was convinced that the earlier he started preschool, the better. I was delighted to learn that a nearby school had just begun a full-day program for 11⁄2-year-olds. However, after consulting the experts (read the… Read More

Peer Pressure Vs. True Friendship — Surviving Primary School

eBooks; 88 pages With back-to-school comes the excitement, the joy and sometimes the heartbreak of the school social scene. “Peer Pressure Vs. True Friendship,” an award-winning eBook by Dr. Orly Katz, provides helpful hints, exercises and encouragement for children dealing with issues such as bullying and peer pressure in the age of Facebook. Dr. Katz,… Read More

Online Learning Center

Educators are often looking for innovative ways to connect with their students — inside and outside of the classroom. A recently debut technology is making that possible. It’s educational and a lot of fun. Last year, Behrman House introduced its Online Learning Center to meet the evolving needs of students and educators. The OLC serves… Read More

B’More Healthy

Recently, the country’s public-school menus received what many believe is a long overdue makeover. During the 2012 academic year, schools that participate in the USDA’s Child Nutrition Program have adapted new menus to follow the guidelines of first lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFK). In response to the high rates of childhood obesity,… Read More

Why Jewish Camp?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent nearly every summer at camp. I loved being a camper — the fun, the memories, the surprises and the friendships. I have loved every camp job I have ever held: counselor-in-training, junior counselor, senior counselor, sports counselor, drama counselor, unit leader, assistant director and director. But… Read More

Money counts … A Lot

Maayan Jaffe Mazal tov. You’re getting married. The whole world is wide open to you — but daddy’s wallet isn’t anymore. When it comes to finances, says Josh Hurewitz, counselor coordinator of Mesila, young couples are best off getting educated and starting out on the right foot. Mesila, an international Jewish nonprofit with a branch… Read More